Montana Foreign correspondend Lola Wicks is pissed Downsized from her Kabul posting her editor reassigns her to a stateside suburban beat formerly the province of interns Arriving in Montana for some RR at a

  • Title: Montana
  • Author: Gwen Florio
  • ISBN: 9781579623364
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Foreign correspondend Lola Wicks is pissed Downsized from her Kabul posting, her editor reassigns her to a stateside suburban beat formerly the province of interns Arriving in Montana for some RR at a friend s cabin, her friend is nowhere in sight.Anger turns to terror when Lola discovers her friend shot dead She can t get out of Montana fast enough, but finds thatForeign correspondend Lola Wicks is pissed Downsized from her Kabul posting, her editor reassigns her to a stateside suburban beat formerly the province of interns Arriving in Montana for some RR at a friend s cabin, her friend is nowhere in sight.Anger turns to terror when Lola discovers her friend shot dead She can t get out of Montana fast enough, but finds that she can t as she s held as a potential witness, thwarting her plan to return to Afghanistan on her own and have her editors change their minds Her best hope lies in solving the case herself But this surefooted journalist who deftly negotiated Afghanistan s deadly terrain finds herself frighteningly off balance in this forgotten corner of her own country, plagued by tensions between the locals and citizens of the nearby Blackfeet Nation.Lola s lone wolf style doesn t work in a place where the harsh landscape and extreme isolation compel people to rely upon each other in ways she finds unsettling In her awkward attempts at connection, she forms a reluctant alliance with a local reporter, succumbs to the romantic attentions of a wealthy rancher, and fences warily with the state s first Indian candidate for governor, the subject of her friend s final stories.Ultimately she comes to truly care about the people she meets in Montana, only to miss the warning signals that her own life is in danger.While unraveling her friend s terrible fate, Lola joins many Americans in learning the hard lessons of a fraught economy that circumstances change in a flash, that formerly overlooked places and people can hold deep value, and that human bonds matter than fleeting career success.

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    1. Lola Wicks is tough. She’s been a foreign reporter in Afghanistan and she has grown used to working in a strange country “among the casually over-armed.” Suddenly the newspaper closes down its foreign bureaus and Wicks is on an airplane headed home. The return to her Baltimore newsroom doesn’t go too well. She doesn’t want to cover zoning hearings and school board meetings. That work is for interns, she asserts. She wants to return to Afghanistan but the newspaper needs to cut costs. T [...]

    2. Foreign correspondent Lola Wicks is called home, victim to cost savings cuts at her newspaper. While determined to return to the war zone by any means necessary, she decides to first visit her only friend, Mary Alice, who she hasn’t seen in five years when their career paths diverged. Lola arrives at her cabin in Montana to find her best friend shot to death, and vows to find the killer, because the apparently incompetent sheriff seems clueless. Her intrepid skills lead her quickly into politi [...]

    3. a most excellent 5 star read review to come!Hello new favorite wild and feisty crime fighting broad!I loved the book and very much enjoyed “out of her element” Lola. This woman is tough as nails, rude, brusque, unsentimental (a little too unsentimental at first glance) she knows what, when and who she wants and when she wants it with no apologies. Her name is Lola which makes me chuckle as you would think her name would be a tough girl name…anything but Lola! Lola Wicks is part of a dying [...]

    4. Montana’s surely as far as you can get from the killing hills of Afghanistan. No interpreters needed for an American reporter here. No threats around every corner. No sudden death.That’s what war correspondent Lola Wicks thinks anyway as she returns from Kabul and plans a brief, rebellious visit with her less enterprising colleague and friend. But Lola’s friend is dead, and the streets of a small Montana town might be as alien as the language of Facebook and Twitter or as dangerous as the [...]

    5. Lola Wicks is a driven, focused reporter stationed in Afghanistan. She's just now gotten herself entwined enough with the inner circles of people she wants to write about and her editors pull her out. She's pissed.After being convinced by her editor to take a few days vacation, which really means finding a way back to Afghanistan, she decides to visit her old reporter pal in Montana. When she arrives to find her murdered, the reporter in Lola comes out and she's got to figure it out. The sheriff [...]

    6. The first in the Lola Wicks series by Gwen Florio really gave me a sense of what it feels like to return from a third world country and try to integrate into First World culture again. Ms. Florio's prose provided me with a sense of small town life in Magpie, Montana. Searching for the clues and the reason that her friend Mary Alice was murdered, Lola gets involved in the community and the murder investigation. The story was fast paced, a little predictable regarding the murderer, but did have so [...]

    7. Lola Hicks is a tough-as-nails reporter who gets yanked out of Afghanistan when her newspaper closes down her division. Furious and forced to take a vacation, Lola heads to small-town Montana to see best friend and fellow reporter, Mary Alice. Lola's crusty exterior starts to crack when she finds her friend dead from a shot to the head. Lola quickly comes to realize that Magpie, Montana, located on the edge of a Blackfeet reservation, is a town divided. Lola blasts back at both the local big-sho [...]

    8. Foreign correspondent Lola Wicks gets called back to Baltimore for a local reassignment and she’s furious. Her editor insists she take a vacation. When she arrives in Magpie, Montana at her friend’s cabin, she finds her friend, a local reporter, shot dead. Lola stays to discover why someone killed her even when she finds herself in danger.Dauntless, free-spirited and a truly independent woman, Lola knows what she wants to do professionally and what makes her happy. At this time, that’s bei [...]

    9. When I first picked up this book I wondered why Gwen Florio titled it Montana. By the time I finished, I found out. I can’t imagine a better title. In so many ways the people, the land, the weather and the animals of Montana are major characters in this fascinating mystery.Since Montana has been my home the past eleven years, I could hardly pass up this title without giving it a shot. Lola, Florio’s main character—a battle-hardened foreign correspondent fresh from the wars in Iraq and Afgh [...]

    10. This was a well-written suspense filled read. Gwen Florio's background has helped her make her characters multi-faceted and multi-dimensional. Though flawed, they are all human and their actions, while not predictable are at least understandable. This was well-plotted with twists and turns galore, and the pacing was fast. The conclusion made sense. I think this might be an introduction to a series, and I liked the heroine enough to look for more.*I received my copy from NetGalley in exchange for [...]

    11. I didn't love this book. It left me kind of cold. Perhaps there is promise there, but I found the writing unmoving so the twisty plot didn't quite draw me in. I understand it is the first of a planned series (quelle suprise)and perhaps I'd try another. The author is certainly competent. But I think the main problem is that I found the lead character sort of uninteresting (which is saying something about the writing, given that her backstory is that she's a war correspondent.)

    12. Great mystery and interesting characters! The writing was fantastic, which is always a plus for me. Florio is a master at using language in new and interesting ways. I learned a bit about Native American culture and life in Montana, vastly different than my life in Eastern Pennsylvania and I love any book I can close and think 'I learned something new today'. Highly recommend!

    13. I get too picky about books set where I live. Felt inauthentic at times, which is odd since Gwen lives just down the road from me in Missoula, but I think some of the 'Montananess' was played up to make it more appealing/interesting. Maybe if I was reading as opposed to listening to this on the worlds longest car ride I'd like it better

    14. This is a very impressive first novel, nicely balancing an innovative plot against the stress-related problems experienced by the hero.opionator.wordpress/2013/0

    15. The story just didn't bring me into it. I really didn't care about Lola. Her distance to all was felt by me as well. The mystery was not developed enough and I just didn't care.

    16. This was a good start to a series, as Lola Wicks is ordered back to the states by her employer, after having spent several years as a journalist covering the war in Afghanistan. Lola flounders with what to do, and where to do it, as she feels that she still has much to uncover and make known to the world about what is happening in the far outreaches of Afghanistan. Instead she finds herself in the midst of a murder investigation in Montana.

    17. Outstanding page-turner!!! Kept me guessing until the last pages. Highly recommend this first-in-the-series read who is interested in new authors. I would and definitely will read more books by Ms. Florio!!!

    18. Read # 4 in series first -- not the best choice, Now back-filling so this is #1. Lola is very entertaining character

    19. An entertaining audiobook for a car trip! Keeps you interested. Love how she can give character to Bub and Spot.

    20. Well written, good characters, the plot was good, but not the focus of the story - will read the rest of the series.

    21. Foreign correspondent Lola Wicks has just returned from Afghanistan, a place where “filing the story and staying alive remained the only two things that mattered.” She is called back to the home office of her newspaper in Baltimore, where she finds that all the foreign bureaus were being shut due to the faltering US economy and the ensuing layoffs, and is faced with an assignment in the suburbs, told that she is lucky she still has a job.She is directed by her editor to take some R&R, si [...]

    22. Journalist Lola Wicks is awakened from a sound sleep in Afghanstan for a phone call she doesn't want. Her Baltimore newspaper has been downsized. She's being pulled from the war zone and reassigned to cover a quiet Baltimore suburb.No way, but in order to get herself back to Afghanstan she first has to get away from her editor. She has weeks of accumulated vacation. Why not spend a few days in Montana with her friend and fellow reporter, Mary Alice Carr? From there she can take a long plane ride [...]

    23. Lola Wicks, foreign newspaper correspondent to Afghanistan, is a victim of company downsizing. Her paper can no longer afford to let her work overseas, and so she’s brought Stateside. For Lola, who lives on adrenalin and coffee in the war zone, this is appalling. She has no wish to report on PTA meetings, neighborhood robberies, and the political ministrations of the local town council. Her editor seems as appalled; he clearly has no wish to take on fierce and fiery Lola. Lola is sent off on v [...]

    24. Journalist Lola Wicks is awakened from a sound sleep in Afghanstan for a phone call she doesn’t want. Her Baltimore newspaper has been downsized. She’s being pulled from the war zone and reassigned to cover a quiet Baltimore suburb.No way, but in order to get herself back to Afghanstan she first has to get away from her editor. She has weeks of accumulated vacation. Why not spend a few days in Montana with her friend and fellow reporter, Mary Alice Carr? From there she can take a long plane [...]

    25. Lola Wicks is one tough woman. She's also smart, most of the time, stubborn all of the time and totally committed to her job as a foreign correspondent. When her paper pulls her out of Afghanistan and tries to shuffle her off to the Baltimore suburbs, she's determined to show them they got it wrong. To get back to Kabul, she has to pretend to vacation with her friend Mary Alice, who abandoned the big city for life in the wilds of northern Montana. Lola figures after a weekend of R&R she can [...]

    26. 3.75 stars, which is high praise considering this isn't my usual kind of choice of reading material. Essentially a murder mystery, wrapped inside of a larger web of crime, set in a very small town in Montana. The main character is a tough, determined, and bold reporter named Lola who usually is working in Afghanistan, until her newspaper downsizes, closes their foreign bureaus, and brings her home, forcing her to take vacation- one of many things Lola has never done, like ride a horse, hike, car [...]

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