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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; 1 Reprint edition (June 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307388514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307388513
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Dazzling…. Readers who enjoy Janet Evanovich will soon be stalking Julie Kramer.”
Chicago Tribune

“A rocking good story…. Chilling, twisty, and clever.”
—Kathy Reichs

“A snappily paced debut thriller.... Truly scary no matter what your name is.”
People

“Riley Spartz is a classic spunky investigator. She'll have readers cheering for her gutsy determination to stop the killings and boost her ratings.”
USA Today

Stalking Susan is a fantastic debut. Julie Kramer has crafted a thriller that will get your heart racing.”
—Vince Flynn

About the Author

Julie Kramer is a freelance television news producer for NBC’s Today show, Nightly News, and Dateline. Prior to that, she was a national award-winning investigative producer for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis. She lives near Minneapolis in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

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Julie Kramer is a freelance network television producer. Prior to that she was a national award-winning investigative producer for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis.

Julie grew up along the Minnesota-Iowa state line, fourth generation of a family who raised cattle and farmed corn for 130 years. Her favorite childhood days were spent waiting for the bookmobile to bring her another Phyllis A. Whitney novel.She now writes thrillers set in the desperate world of television news.

Her upcoming novel, SHUNNING SARAH, centers on homicide amid a clash of cultures: flashy TV news and the reclusive Amish.

Her debut STALKING SUSAN, won the Minnesota Book Award and the RT Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Mystery. It was also a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark, Anthony, Barry, and Shamus Awards.

Her second book, MISSING MARK, was a finalist for the Daphne du Maurier Award for excellence in mystery/suspense.

Library Journal described her third book, SILENCING SAM, as her best yet, calling it "Riveting" in a starred review.

Kramer lives with her family in White Bear Lake, MN.

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The story takes twists and turns you won't expect, but will keep you turning the pages hungry for more!
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The characters are well developed and interesting.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mantorville Mom on September 13, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this couldn't put it down debut book. I liked the character development, feeding you more information about the main character, Riley Spartz bit by bit. It was also surprising the age picked by the author of her main character, 36. Not a young woman out of college, she has experience behind her and a few winkles. It makes the story line have more depth and believablity. The subplot made me laugh as I read it, it added to some of the craziness of the multiple story lines that the news media are working on at the same time. I liked the mixture of the comical line with the heavier murder scenes. It seemed so current, like I was reading about it in today's paper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thriller Lover VINE VOICE on March 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
STALKING SUSAN is advertised as a thriller, but it's really more of an old-fashioned mystery told from the perspective of a 36-year old TV reporter, Riley Spartz. While this novel isn't as suspenseful as I would have liked, it is still enjoyable reading.

This novel's serial killer plot is a little on the pedestrian side. STALKING SUSAN deals with a series of "cold cases" that took place over a decade in the past, so there is very little tension or conflict during the first half of the story. This novel doesn't contain a lot of big twists or surprises, and the identity of the killer will be quite predictable to veteran mystery readers.

Still, author Julie Kramer's writing style is both witty and readable, and she provides a lot of interesting insights into the world of television news. Kramer is a freelance television producer herself, so all of descriptions of a TV newsroom have an air of authenticity to them.

All in all, STALKING SUSAN is a fun enough read, the type of book that fans of Janet Evanovich or Lisa Scottoline might enjoy. It's worth a try if you like mysteries with a comedic bent.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bob Day on August 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
After 25 or so pages of self-conscious constricted writing, the author, Julie Kramer, eases into a confident smoothly flowing writing style. I especially liked her detailed descriptions of the politics and practicalities of TV news broadcasting. Nice plot, but if you're looking for mysteries wrapped in enigmas you won't find them here. The characters are a tad one-dimensional. Definitely better than three stars; not quite five stars.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Vernon J. Geberth on July 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Congratulations to Julie Kramer on her first novel. Julie provided me with the opportunity to read her original manuscript before publication to provide her with technical advice on Practical Homcide Investigation®. The revisions and finished product is a fantastic read and captivating thriller involving a serial killer who is stalking women named Susan, who are killed on the same day each year. Is there a pattern here?

The heroine's position as a news reporter provided a unique approach to this genre of writing.What begins with a personal tip from a source, soon develops into a full-fledged murder investigation just in time for the television sweeps month and all the behind the scene dynamics and the types of personalities who dictate television news.

The strong point of the author's writing in this novel is her ability to weave together an exciting story and at the same time reveal through her characters the duplicitous nature of major network news and how stunning careers can obliterated overnight on a vindictive news director's whim.

Her characters are authentic and professionally developed throughout the book. The mystery reader, who likes surprises will not disappointed with Julie's nerve-racking and clever ending. Stalking Susan is a non-stop sequence of exciting of twists and curves that will keep the reader glued to the book.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Marcia Fluer on July 20, 2008
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Julie Kramer's debut novel, Stalking Susan, is a ripping good tale. Her "ear" for what goes on behind the scenes of a TV newsroom is spot on. And while the tension mounts, she employs the comic interlude to let the reader relax before she marches to the really scarey parts. I want to see more of Riley Spartz, her cynical heroine, and look forward to the next book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ThrillerLover on September 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Rarely does a debut author get my enthusiasm so completely, but Julie Kramer (author of STALKING SUSAN) has made me a fan from page 1. Her unique voice hit me as decisively as Robert Crais did when I first discovered his Elvis Cole PI series. And that's saying something.

By the title and book summary, you may think this is mainly a serial killer story. And the premise read like a cliché to me at first--TV news reporter draws out a serial killer (not even the police think exists) with the help of her cop friend. We've all seen this type of story before.

But what really stands out in this book is the humanity of the main character. Riley Spartz is a media savvy reporter who can take a mediocre story and turn it into media gold (40-share+ rating) simply by how she filters the facts through her own humanity. The character's cynical humor is a joy to discover, but there is another poignant thread through this book that really resonated and took me by surprise. Without giving too much away, I will say that the "dealing with grief" thread will remain with me long after I've shelved this book with my favorites. Kramer begins and ends her story with it and I'm sure it will haunt me for a long time to come.

If you are reading this book to find a creepy scary story about a serial killer, you may not find what you're looking for. This is a character driven story about a courageous woman doing her job as a news reporter with an endearing circle of friends, co-workers, and quirky neighbors. Other news coverage is just as compelling to watch as the stories unfold and you can see how a TV reporter and a TV station thinks about news. An interesting perspective.
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