For two years, Grace Vance has been picking up the pieces of her life, following the heroic death of her FBI-agent husband. After tracking and cornering the infamous Turn-Key Bomber on the roof of a hospital, in full view of the cameras, Georgia Bureau of Investigations agent Harper Vance sacrificed himself to save a hospital full of people.

Aging action star Stone Senterra is determined to honor Harper's memory by making a movie about his life. This movie would also be the perfect opportunity for Stone to get behind the camera and expand his career. The only stumbling block is Grace, who not only refuses to cooperate, she actively tries to sabotage his efforts. Somewhat concerned for his safety, Stone sends his bodyguard, ex-con named Boone Noleen, to confront Grace.

Far from being intimidated when she meets him, Grace recognizes a kindred spirit in Boone, a man similar in some ways to Harper. But despite any attraction between Boone and Grace, the "war of the movie" still rages, with undercover plots and allies on both sides. Poor Stone is not going to know what hit him.

No one is better at taking standard situations and giving them her own unique twist. Smith's brand of southern humor and characterization brings a special flair to this funny, poignant book. Storytelling at its best! (Feb., 336 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith