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Trouble Becomes Her [Mass Market Paperback]

Laura Van Wormer
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March 4 2004
Sally Harrington's back -- and this time she's found a dead body in the trunk of her rental car, a lovesick college intern on her doorstep and a group of crazy assassins hot on her heels. And did we mention the mob . . .

On first blush, things are turning out wonderfully for Sally Harrington: she's landed a dream job at DBS News in New York, her relationship with her old beau, Doug, is showing signs of resurrection. Even her dog, Scotty, seems happy about spending weekdays in Manhattan and weekends back in Connecticut.

But life is about to get complicated. Fast. Sally's the star witness in a sensational Hollywood murder trial and her new boss at DBS is pressuring her to use her "in" to produce a special news series on the case for the network during sweeps week. Though not particularly anxious to antagonize the same mob organization that nearly killed her once already, Sally is determined to testify at the trial and advance her career.

Complete chaos ensues when the news assignment throws Sally back into contact with out-of-control actress Lilliana Martin and Sally's oversexed ex, Spencer Hawes. To make matters worse, her boss, anchorwoman Alexandra Waring, has suddenly disappeared. But when Sally finds a dead body in the trunk of her rental car, a lovesick college intern on her doorstep and a group of crazed assassins hot on her heels, chaos takes on a whole new meaning.

Everyone around Sally is asking her to pretend she didn't see the things she saw or know the things she knows. But Sally is only going to do what Sally thinks is right. Too bad -- that's why trouble's never far behind.

Mystery. Mayhem, Men. And women. Welcome to the world of Sally Harrington.

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Television journalist Sally Harrington (heroine of Van Wormer bestsellers Expos‚ and The Last Lover) is once again hard at work juggling everything from dog care and mobsters to her demanding boss and various admirers in this humorous, fast-paced romantic suspense novel. As the story begins, Sally's boss, Alexandra Waring, hands Sally the task of producing a big special for DBS News on the Presario crime family, a plum assignment with strings and danger attached. Sally, as it happens, already has a history with important members of the family. Her connection is legal as well as personal: she is slated to be a witness at an upcoming murder trial involving the Presarios. Sally's sangfroid is tested by the body found in the trunk of her car, an assassination attempt and her seemingly impossible assignment, but she is an irrepressible and likable heroine. Van Wormer combines Manhattan chic with Godfather menace and Hollywood glitz to create an exotic playing field on which Sally is completely at home. Add a dozen or so well-drawn characters to the mix including the aging head of the Presario clan, a movie star looking for love, a mysterious federal agent and a starstruck college intern and things never get dull. This is a satisfying page-turner, distinguished by the liveliness of Sally's first-person narration. Its November publication date makes it too late for beach season, but it could occupy an evening or two by the fire just as well. Author tour.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From Booklist

In Van Wormer's third Sally Harrington novel, the former small-town reporter is now working as a producer and assistant to the anchor at DBS News headquartered in New York City. It's such a great place to work that they've even provided day care for her adorable mutt. She's assigned an exciting new project, a true-crime miniseries revolving around a case to which she is intimately connected, a show that will catapult her into the ranks of TV's highest rated news producers. Of course, there are complications: a dead body in the trunk of her rental car, a boss in hiding, gunshots fired at her bulletproof office window, a huge round bed in her sublet, and numerous former lovers re-entering her life. The action really heats up when Lilliana Martin, movie star and daughter of an organized crime family, shows up at Sally's rural Connecticut home with boxes of photos and family memorabilia, but Sally, consumed by all the love interests in her life, never seems to realize the danger she's in. Van Wormer's frothy blend of glitz, glamour, and romantic suspense will thrill her fans but may prove confusing to readers who aren't familiar with Sally's exploits from Expose (1999) and The Last Lover [BKL S 1 00]. Diana Tixier Herald
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trouble certainly doesn't bother her anyway Dec 5 2001
Sally Harrington enjoys her job at DBS News in New York even if it does involve working weird hours, covering for a boss who is keeping her cancer treatments a secret, and frequent travel. When she's asked to work on a special on a Mafia murder case, Sally has qualms, however. She is expected to be called as a witness in the case. Still, as he boss explains, who better to present the news.
When the police find a murdered body in the trunk of Sally's rental car, the story escalates from simple news to escalating danger. Sally's life is repeatedly threatened, yet she has no clue why anyone would be trying to kill her, nor how she manages to escape. Unfortunately, at this exact moment, Sally's love life explodes. Suddenly she finds herself with a student-intern with a crush, two men who want to reestablish former relationships, and a beautiful movie star who wouldn't mind broadening Sally's love horizons.
Author Laura Van Wormer's writing is spunky and Sally comes across as a character--certain to provide some smiles to the reader. I found it disconcerting, however, that Sally worries more about where her relationships are going than about repeated attempts to murder her. In a mystery novel like this, I would have thought that Sally would have exerted more efforts toward either protecting herself or finding the truth about what is actually happening. In fact, other people provide her with this information without Sally having to take time out of her busy schedule.
TROUBLE BECOMES HER is an enjoyable read that just misses clicking into high gear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very special mystery Oct. 28 2001
Life looks good to Sally Harrington as she now works for DBS News in Manhattan even though she is the key witness at Los Angels' high viz "The Mafia Boss Murder" trial. Sally's boss Alexandra Waring takes her off everything and assigns her to investigate her old mob pals, Presario-Arlenetta, so the show can produce a special. Choosing between mobsters whom she previously alienated and who almost killed her and advancement in the TV news world, Sally selects her career over safety.

Perhaps if she knew what would happen when she agreed to hit New Jersey instead of Atlanta, Sally would have begged off the report. Soon a corpse is found in her trunk and someone tries to kill her. Fighting off males like her former boyfriend and her dazed intern just complicates life, but Sally continues to do what she believes is right even with in your face threats telling her to back off this case.

The latest Sally Harrington romantic suspense thriller (see EXPOSE and THE LAST LOVER) is an entertaining tale that readers will fully enjoy because of the lead character. Sally's narration livens up a powerful story line. The support cast, which includes those at the TV, shows, the mob, and those people in her personal life (especially her dog) enable the audience to understand Sally while also propelling the yarn forward. TROUBLE BECOMES HER is a strong entry in a top series that should make Laura Van Wormer a household name for those fans who cherish a keen story starring a intelligent heroine.

Harriet Klausner
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another page-turner from LVW Feb. 2 2002
Another great book for a cosy winter night in front of the bay window. Von Wormer's style has matured since her first books (although she still uses "and so" on occasion - aargh!) and she still keeps me on the edge. This one is action and romance packed, that's for sure. However, I think Sally Harrington has run her course. Her priorities are not that well-defined and what I did see, I wasn't crazy about. Time to introduce a new powerful female lead and retire Sally to the newsroom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A funny intelligent read Dec 21 2002
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Well, this is my second Laura Van Wormer read and I have not been disappointed. There is a funny heroine who has some deifinite issues with men, a lesbian work-a-holic boss, and murder. How can you lose? Instead of the usual who-dunnit the plot involves the mob. Really, it is quite good. I'll read the next one, not just because it will be an interesting plot (and not that easy to figure out) but also because I want to see where life leads this woman.
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