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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (65 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Talton Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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He’s a man whose life is so intertwined with his job that we know him only as “the columnist.” He writes for a newspaper in Seattle, isn’t afraid to stir up trouble, and keeps his life—including his multiple lovers and his past—in safe compartments. It’s all about to be violently upended when he goes out on what seems like the most mundane of assignments, looking into a staid company that “never makes news.”

But from the moment one of his sources takes a dive off a downtown skyscraper, the columnist is plunged into a harrowing maze of murder, intrigue, and secrets that powerful forces intend to keep hidden at all costs. All he has to go on is a corporate world where nothing is as it seems, increasingly menacing encounters with mysterious federal agents, and the unsettling meme “eleven/eleven.” Meanwhile, the paper itself is dying. The columnist joins with an aggressive young reporter to see if one explosive story can save a newspaper—and much more. They’re running to make the deadline of their lives, and failure will bring lethal consequences.

Deadline Man is Jon Talton at his best, a novel that is both electrifying and intelligent, capturing the romance and harsh reality of newspaper journalism while raising important questions that will haunt listeners long after the fast-paced action ends.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Deadline Man takes off from the first chapter and never lets up. This is a great read!”

    Michael Connelly, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Talton does a magnificent job of planting hints and teasers that keep readers guessing at what might happen, but he neither tips his hand completely nor leaves his readers in the dark.”

    Midwest Book Review

  • “Talton brings his journalism expertise to this fine mystery…Well-rounded characters and a lightning-paced plot raise this well above the average global conspiracy story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The narration really adds to the tension as Hillgartner’s tone and pitch rise with the heightened emotions…Both Hillgartner and the no-name protagonist get listeners’ hearts racing.”


  • “Chillingly plausible…A knockout novel that leaves the reader with renewed appreciation for independent daily newspapers.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This terrific stand-alone by the author of The Pain Nurse and the David Mapstone series should appeal to readers who enjoyed Michael Connelly’s The Scarecrow.”

    Library Journal

  • “Talton serves up a well-crafted mystery that is also a heartfelt threnody for the journalism that was.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Arizona Book Publishing Association’s Awardfor Best Mystery

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Carol | 9/16/2013

    " Language! An involved story line about a very evil plan take over the country or maybe the world. The story was OK and it did make me think about how many evil plots there are in the world that we may never hear about. The world is a scary place! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 12/18/2012

    " This was a terrific read in the car returning from Kansas City. Fast paced and fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marge | 7/12/2012

    " Wow! What started out as a newspaper story turned into so much more. Hated to see it end where it did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barbara Hayes | 1/16/2012

    " Great Seattle background wrapped around a fun story. Several plots wind around each other, coming together in some really unexpected ways. "

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