The last two years have been monstrously unpleasant for
high-society journalist Gus Bailey. His propensity for gossip has finally
gotten him into trouble. $11 million worth. His problems begin when he falls
hook, line, and sinker for a fake story from an unreliable source and repeats
it on a radio program. As a result of his flip comments, Gus becomes embroiled
in a nasty slander suit brought by Kyle Cramden, the powerful congressman he
accuses of being involved in the mysterious disappearance of a young woman, and
he fears it could mean the end of him.
The stress of the lawsuit makes it difficult for Gus to
focus on the novel he has been contracted to write, which is based on the
suspicious death of billionaire Konstantin Zacharias. It is a story that has
dominated the party conversations of Manhattan’s chattering classes for more
than two years. The convicted murderer is behind bars, but Gus is not convinced
that justice was served. There are too many unanswered questions, such as why a
paranoid man who was usually accompanied by bodyguards was without protection
the very night he perished in a tragic fire.
Konstantin’s hot-tempered widow, Perla, is obsessed with
climbing the social ladder and, as a result, she will do anything to suppress
this potentially damaging story. Gus is convinced she is the only thing
standing between him and the truth.
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