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White Shotgun (Ana Grey #4)

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  137 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Special Agent Ana Grey—intense, unpredictable, brilliant—returns in an electrifying new novel of suspense.

Even on leave from the FBI, Ana can’t kick old habits: when she witnesses a drive-by shooting at an Italian restaurant in London, she helps the injured and gives testimony to the police. Still, it comes as a shock when, soon after, the Bureau contacts her—not because t
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Knopf (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mar 03, 2014 Doris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
April Smith has a masterful gift with imagery. The descriptives in this book (and top-notch in this series) just wowed me with their thoughtful eloquence--even the gross and gritty ones! Her storytelling is strong and captivating.

Ana is a broken character trying so desperately to heal and I love witnessing her journey. She's valiant, smart, tough, vulnerable, flawed, and believable. (Trying not to spoil here) I like that she left to the professionals what was theirs to do and did not muck up or
Mich Michell
Jul 07, 2014 Mich Michell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another of April Smih's excellent series of thrillers featuring FBI agent Ana Grey. If the series is new to you, do start at the beginning, with North of Montana.
Paul Pessolano
Jul 22, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it liked it
“White Shotgun” by April Smith, published by Alfred A. Knopf.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

Ana Grey is on leave from the FBI when she witnesses a drive by shooting in London. The shooting takes place at an Italian restaurant and several people are killed.

The Bureau contacts her and she is amazed to find that instead of wanting information on the shooting she is to go to Siena, Italy and contact Cecilia Nicosa. Cecilia has been trying to get in touch with her and claims that they are sisters. The Bu
Staci Woodburn
Jan 17, 2014 Staci Woodburn rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I read outside my normal genre for the Ana Grey books on the recommendation of a friend. After one, I was hooked. This is the note I sent him while on the second book:

I was reading while waiting for the bus this morning. When it pulled up, I got on without looking up. Still on the bus 45 minutes later, it's pouring rain and hail and no one can figure out how to close the roof hatch that I'm sitting under. Which is of course when I finally stopped reading and noticed that not only am I getting p
Jeff Dickison
Jan 19, 2016 Jeff Dickison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good Ana Gray story. This time she is in Italy going undercover against the mafia. She has a half-sister that she connects with, who is kidnapped. Her boyfriend, Sterling, brings in Oryx to rescue her. The book gives a good overview of what it means to live in a mafia controlled town in Italy. Recommended.
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Oct 15, 2011 Lisaann rated it did not like it
The plot is engaging...and yes, the Ndragheta is probablly the most ruthless of all crime organizations. However, especially since the author acknowledges Robert Saviano's "Gomorrah" as one of her sources for information about Italian organized crime, there are many holes and inaccuracies. I have read Gomorrah and spent the past hour perusing...there is NO way they would allow Ndgragheta to control any part of the counterfeit fashion industry in Campania; and if they did allow them to ship drugs ...more
Mary Ahlgren
Some credibility problems for me.
Feb 27, 2014 Larry rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
Good series.
Catherine Woodman
Mar 07, 2012 Catherine Woodman rated it liked it
This is my first book by this author--the character is an FBI agent, but in this book she is in Italy, well outside her jurisdiction, meeting someone who claims to be her half-sister. Once introductions are mae, the purported half sister gets kidnapped and it is unclear--is it the sister who is the target, or is it Anna herself--the story unfolds in such a way that it could go either way, and the book rolls along to a satisfactory ending. I would seek this author out in the future, and recommend ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-thrillers
I liked this thriller. I especially enjoyed the setting: Siena, Italy. The moral ambiguities inherent in Italian life enthralled me as well.

And I really, really wouldn't want to live there; not because of anything aside from the weather. It sounds ghastly hot. The deep spirituality alongside the corruption, alas, doesn't really bother me. I also wouldn't particularly enjoy the crowds during the Palio, so would avoid that.
the 4th in the Ana Grey series...this is the 1st that I've read and Smith brings interesting characterization and some decent plot twists as our heroine becomes involved with Euro-Mafia types in historic Siena during the Palio races...she is also reunited with a long-lost sister she didn't know existed...I'll read the others
Mar 30, 2012 Alissa rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, 2012
I like Ana Grey and have read all the others. I wasn't that in to this one. I don't know if it was the setting, the confusing Italian plot or just that Ana was in a funk. I was engaged enough with the plot that I wanted to know how it turned out, and the resolution was somewhat satisfying.
Aug 06, 2011 Kelly rated it liked it
I'm giving it 3 stars because I think I'm in a reading funk. Felt like a 2 star - had to make myself finish it & the plot was interesting! So.......... I didn't care about the characters. I will try another book by this author at another time.
Dec 29, 2013 Diego rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book is good; however, sometimes the author goes off topic, making difficult for you to follow the story without distractions. The novel is also a little bit slow, and sometimes you feel that April Smith could have done a better work.
Mindy Pollock
Her books drag on and on and on. Took me a long time to finish the book. She used a lot of Italian words in this book that you couldn't tell the meaning from the context which was very distracting.
Oct 27, 2012 Brenda rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I'm a little sad to have finished this book. Right now it is the end of the series and I want it to go on. Ana in Europe can only be a big mess.
Steven Farmer
Sep 10, 2011 Steven Farmer rated it it was amazing
I finished it -- and I recommend it -- but I kind of had to push myself to read the last 50 pages or so.
Sep 19, 2013 Jackie rated it it was ok
I decided not to finish this book. I just don't enjoy how she writes.
May 03, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it
Interesting story. I liked the setting in Italy.
Aug 14, 2011 Joan rated it liked it
she's not that great a writer
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