By John Darnton
A robust editor is located lifeless within the newsroom—stabbed with the very spike he might use to kill stories—and within the cutthroat places of work of The manhattan Globe, somebody may be the assassin. may perhaps or not it's the rival newspaper multi-millionaire? The bumbling writer? The steely govt editor?
As extra our bodies take place, it is going to fall on Priscilla Bollingsworth, a tender and bold NYPD detective, and Jude Hurley, a shrewdpermanent and rebellious reporter, to navigate the ink-infested waters of the case. A crafty and pitch-perfect portrait of the declining newspaper undefined, this rollicking novel entertains from the 1st to the final.
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But that jolt doesn’t compare to the one I receive when there, on the monitor in a police uniform, is Laurie herself. This is not going to be fun. • • • • • THROWING UP ON national television would be rather embarrassing, but at this point it’s a real concern. The sight of Laurie on the five monitors that I can see from my studio vantage point is so jarring that there is a definite chance I will unload my morning bagel on the table. Laurie is at a makeshift podium in front of what appears to be a government building.
He catches me on it. “I used to climb mountains for fun,” he says. “I got trapped in a landslide… a boulder pinned me down. ” He shakes his head at the memory. ” “What an awful story,” I say. He nods. “And it’s also bullshit. ” I can’t help but laugh out loud at the blatant lie. ” he asks. “I think it’s funny that for no reason you told me a totally bullshit story thirty seconds after we met,” I say. ” “It’s the way I test new people,” he says. ” I tell him that I’m here to talk about the Jeremy Davidson case, but Richard has already briefed him fully about my purpose.
She nods. “The first woman a guy has a relationship with after a serious relationship ends. It never works out; the guy’s not ready. So women wait until they figure the guy’s had his transition and he’s ready to get serious again. ” I give this some thought, but the concept doesn’t seem to fit my situation, so I shake my head. “Laurie was the first woman I went out with after my marriage broke up. ” Another head shake from me. ” This is not a subject I want to be discussing, so I try to change it.
Black and White and Dead All Over by John Darnton