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3.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 53.13 out of 5 3.13 (32 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Darnton Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN:
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A keenly intelligent, delightfully mordant novel that blends fact and fiction with the same deft hand that was at work in John Darnton's best-selling Neanderthal.

It opens in the inner sanctums of the New York Globe, the city's long-standing newspaper of note, whose back is to the wall. Readership, advertising, and circulation are plummeting - along with the paper's vaunted standards - and the cost cutters have their knives out.

But trouble of a wholly different kind begins one rainy September morning when a powerful editor is found murdered in the newsroom, with the spike that he'd wielded to kill stories hammered into his chest. And the problem for Priscilla Bollingsworth, the young, ambitious female NYPD detective assigned to the case - besides the fact that the mayor is breathing down her neck - is that there are so many suspects to choose from.

She teams up with Jude Hurley, a clever, rebellious reporter, to navigate ink-infested waters whose denizens include the paper's resentful old guard, scheming careerists, a bumbling publisher, a steely executive editor, and a ruthless newspaper tycoon named Lester Moloch. And the waters thicken considerably when more bodies turn up, dead all over.

With the firsthand knowledge he acquired over 40 years in journalism, John Darnton conjures up the cynicism and romanticism of the profession and gives us a cunning, pitch-perfect portrait of the declining - if not yet murderous - newspaper industry within a mystery that entertains from first to last. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom Jolly | 2/18/2014

    " Entertaining novel that is more fun if you're familiar with the inner workings of a newspaper and even more fun if you're familiar with the inner workings of The New York Times. If none of those things apply, it's still a fast-paced thriller that builds to a strong finish. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Gilroy | 2/10/2014

    " This is a fun spoof of both murder mysteries and the newspaper business. The author spent 40 years at the New York Times and many of the characters are not well disguised caricatures of NYtimes reporters and editors. A good late, late summer read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 james | 2/5/2014

    " This is a fast moving murder mystery; fast moving of necessity due to the fact that there is a lot of ground to cover. A body is discovered early on and just as the investigation starts, more bodies are found. Not bad, but there are too many characters, most of whom are suspects. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erica | 1/30/2014

    " Eh. I kept almost giving up on this book, but it was fun and occasionally witty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/18/2014

    " Not sure how much fun this would be for folks who haven't spent time in the newspaper biz, but it's rendering of the internal workings of a major news organization (The New York Times) as the industry goes down the tubes is pitch perfect and hilarious to boot. A raucous good time for those willing to laugh at the sinking ship of the Fourth Estate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen M | 1/13/2014

    " This was a hoot to read with a book club of current and former journalists. Our host upped the fun by having us match characters from the book with characters from real life. I'm not sure if this is because the subject is so close to home, but I was able to peg the murderer for a change. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 12/31/2013

    " Overall a good mystery story but some ridiculous writing conventions cost it a star from me. Dumb as these are, I found them districting enough that they really affected my enjoyment of the book. The first was the spelling of "lede," as in the lead of a news story (technically correct but not the favored US spelling). And the RIDICULOUS character names - Jimmy Pomegranate? Hank Higgle? It was like a children's book. And too many characters to keep track of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 12/23/2013

    " A thriller set at a thinly disguised New York Times that manages to be good fun and an accurate picture of newspapers these days. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lani Neumann | 12/21/2013

    " Wanted it to be better. Not horrible, but not as funny or page turning as reviews claimed it to be. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane Feehan | 11/18/2013

    " Well-written but silly story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 11/14/2013

    " This book was OK. Alot of bad language that wasn't necessary. Fun characters. It brought a newsroom to life for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/25/2013

    " A who dun it;easy read with an inside view to the newspaper world. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rick McNeely | 3/24/2013

    " Dumb. A very fine journalist who fails miserably at fiction. Cardboard characters, embarrassing plot, clumsily written. I gave up after eighty pages. Peeee-Yew!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 2/20/2013

    " Set at a fictional version of the Gray Lady, this mystery keeps readers guessing -- and laughing -- till the end. Highly enjoyable, eminently readable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole Mulloy | 12/19/2012

    " Fantastic first chapter, but I didn't really like the rest of the book very much. It was just okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Erhardt | 7/23/2012

    " This was an intriguing mystery with lots of insider info on how a newspaper is published. There were a LOT of characters to keep track of though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vikas Datta | 6/23/2012

    " A ripping good read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradley | 4/3/2012

    " A newspaperman's novel of murder amidst the turmoil that surrounds the decline of a daily paper. For those of we inkstained wretches, a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rochelle | 12/3/2011

    " still love newspapers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 10/31/2011

    " This book was a lot of fun! it's by no means a great piece of writing, but it's an entertaining mystery, and a delight for anyone who works in publishing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ali | 7/27/2011

    " Kinda pulpy, but entertaining It's a really quick read, too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janelle | 5/9/2011

    " Pretty good read. I liked bothe the murder mystery and the details of the newspaper industry. Actually, I might have been more entertained by the newspaper industry aspects of the book, but overall, it was really good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C | 11/21/2010

    " A murder mystery in the world of a big city newspaper. Lots of detail about the old business of gathering the news and printing it in a world where electronic media is making headway. Slow moving. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lani | 10/3/2010

    " Wanted it to be better. Not horrible, but not as funny or page turning as reviews claimed it to be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 6/28/2010

    " Fantastic first chapter, but I didn't really like the rest of the book very much. It was just okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LuAnn | 5/11/2010

    " Interest insight into newspaper industry in New York, closer to 2 1/2 than 3 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marsha | 5/3/2010

    " This book was OK. Alot of bad language that wasn't necessary. Fun characters. It brought a newsroom to life for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 4/18/2010

    " This was a hoot to read with a book club of current and former journalists. Our host upped the fun by having us match characters from the book with characters from real life. I'm not sure if this is because the subject is so close to home, but I was able to peg the murderer for a change. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa R. | 3/25/2010

    " I listened to this and just didn't like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/13/2010

    " One of the best I have read in a long time. I wish he had a bunch of others like this, but he doesn't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bradley | 2/6/2010

    " A newspaperman's novel of murder amidst the turmoil that surrounds the decline of a daily paper. For those of we inkstained wretches, a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 12/9/2009

    " Murder at a major NYC newspaper. Great literature? No. Enjoyable read? You betcha! "

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About the Author

John Darnton is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter, editor, and foreign correspondent for the New York Times. He is the author of Neanderthal, Mind Catcher, and The Darwin Conspiracy, among others.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.