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August 14, 2008



Gardner's cool. Anyone into auto racing like she is, is cool.

Though she did steal the "Day in The Life" idea from my web site and put it on hers without giving me any inspirational credit.

And she never responded to a fan letter I wrote her once, but I'm sure she's busy with all that writing stuff.

See if I ever adapt any of her books.

Seriously, I'm surprised she isn't talked about more in the crime fiction world. She's better (and sells a lot more) than other writers with more hype.

David J. Montgomery

Agreed. Gardner doesn't seem to be as high-profile as a lot of people who don't write as well or sell as many books. But she deserves the attention.

David J. Montgomery

By the way, I wanted to add... The subject matter in this book is a little dark at times, but Gardner handles it in a sensitive way. I do not ordinarily care for children-in-jeopardy books -- I seldom read them -- but that doesn't form a significant part of the main plot of this book. The scenes where that stuff comes up are treated delicately, so I don't think most readers will find it too hard to handle. The story IS dark, but it's still tasteful.

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