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Graveyard Shift (Maxi Poole Mysteries)

by Kelly Lange

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SUMMARY: The third outing of Lange's intrepid and winning reporter sleuth finds anchorwoman Maxi Poole being inexplicably reassigned to the graveyard shift of news, the death knell of a television journalist. Her boss's reasons for doing so are mysterious and aggravating and Maxi finds herself wondering if her career in Los Angeles is essentially over. Before lapsing into a pit of despair, she's distracted by the kidnapping of the son of a neighbor's housekeeper, the murder of a local politician's obnoxious wife, and the sexy new cameraman to whom she's been assigned.

WHAT YOU'LL LIKE: Lange's talent for fiction never has been exhibited so well than in this third installment of the series. Maxi continues to be an absolutely charming and charismatic heroine with extreme rooting value: smart, capable, cunning and courageous, yet still vulnerable and emotionally accessible. The behind-the-scenes looks at television reporting are interesting without being intrusive. Myriad tendrils of plot weave together in a seamless fashion; witty dialogue, intelligent development and characterization, and a genuinely surprising resolution combine to produce a thoroughly engrossing and admirable addition to one's library.

WHAT YOU WON'T: Minor instances of groaning at the actions of certain characters and the frustration of trying to figure out the end before reaching it, but nothing which would impede recommending this to any fan of the genre.

BOTTOM LINE: Reestablishes Lange as an author to watch (and compulsively read) and Maxi Poole as one of the best sleuths in a genre bogged down with lesser counterparts. Anxiously awaiting the next installment! ( )
  hippolytus | Jul 24, 2008 |
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Feisty news reporter Maxi Poole is back, and this time she's working the graveyard shift-where danger lurks in every dark shadow. The graveyard shift-9 p.m. to 6 a.m.-is populated by a myriad of characters roaming the seamy underbelly of L.A. nightlife: pimps and hookers, bartenders and drug pushers, flashers, slashers, and all manner of assorted bad guys. Thrown into that mix is one bright-eyed, blond, California-sunny news reporter, Maxi Poole. The graveyard shift is typically handed off to the most junior reporter on staff-or as a signal that a pink slip is coming. But why Maxi? And at this point in her career? Vowing to find the answers, Maxi finds herself on the trail of a missing boy and in the midst of a city-wide murder spree. It seems the graveyard shift has brought Maxi the most terrifying challenge of her career...and maybe of her life.

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"Los Angeles television reporter Maxi Poole must help her next-door neighbors' housekeeper locate her missing young son, Robert Ochoa"--Provided by the publisher.

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