From a writer who “rivals Elmore Leonard at his best” (Publishers Weekly) comes the third novel in the Virgil Cain series—a riveting story that opens with the discovery of the body of a movie star near the Hudson River.
In upstate New York, Virgil Cain's draft horses are pulling hay in the fields when two film scouts offer him $500 a day for their use in a film. He pockets the money, but the chaotic set of Frontier Woman turns out to be more trouble than it’s worth. Producer Sam Jonson clearly has her heart in the wrong place with her husband-c*m-director Robb, who costs her a major financier, not to mention the Native American casino owner Ronnie Red Hawk, who has a vested interest in an alternate leading lady. After one—and then a second—young woman is found dead, Virgil discovers that more is at stake than the interests of a casino magnate…and he’d better step in before the charming ten-year-old actress Georgia ends up the next victim of this deadly production.
“Smith has a marvelous control of his material, effortlessly mixing laugh-out-loud comedy with streaks of country noir” (Booklist), and he is “a writer to watch, a comet on the horizon” (Dennis Lehane).
The arrival of a highly dysfunctional Hollywood film crew spells trouble in Smith's stellar third novel featuring laconic upstate New York farmer Virgil Cain (after 2012's Crow's Landing). The crew plan to shoot a major motion picture, Frontier Woman, based on a bestseller hailed as "the Eat, Pray, Love of the nineteenth century." All involved, from producers Sam Sawchuck and Levi Brown to director Robb Fetterman, have hidden agendas, except movie actress Olivia Burns, who plays the lead, and the child in the role of her daughter. When Brown and Fetterman want to hire Virgil's team of Percherons, Bob and Nelly, for the picture, Virgil is happy to oblige. The film's precarious financing opens the door for another player, casino bigwig Ronnie Red Hawk. The suspicious death of one of the principals brings in Virgil's lover, homicide cop Claire Marchand. Wonderfully wrought characters, delicious wit, and droll storytelling make this a delightful romp.
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LOVED the story, couldn't put my iPad down. Hurry and write more about Virgle Cain please.