Black and White and Dead All Over
By John Darnton
(Anchor, Paperback, 9780307387424, 368pp.)
Publication Date: August 11, 2009
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A powerful editor is found dead in the newsroom—stabbed with the very spike he would use to kill stories—and in the cutthroat offices of The New York Globe, anyone could be the murderer. Could it be the rival newspaper tycoon? The bumbling publisher? The steely executive editor?
As more bodies turn up, it will fall on Priscilla Bollingsworth, a young and ambitious NYPD detective, and Jude Hurley, a clever and rebellious reporter, to navigate the ink-infested waters of the case. A cunning and pitch-perfect portrait of the declining newspaper industry, this rollicking novel entertains from the first to the last.
John Darnton has worked for forty years as a reporter, editor, and foreign correspondent for The New York Times. He was awarded two George Polk Awards for his coverage of Africa and Eastern Europe, and the Pulitzer Prize for his stories that were smuggled out of Poland during the period of martial law. He is a bestselling author whose previous novels include Neanderthal and The Darwin Conspiracy. He lives in New York.
“Addictively enjoyable.... An Agatha Christie whodunit as written by Carl Hiaasen.” —The New York Times Book Review“Deliciously sharp, wise and hilarious. . . .A fast-moving whodunit.” —Los Angeles Times “Darnton delivers a well-turned whodunit that reads like The Front Page with additional reporting by Evelyn Waugh.... It's a great read.” —USA Today “[An] entertaining evocation of life-and death-in a contemporary newsroom.... Fast-paced, well-written, [and] often very funny.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer "Who killed the editor? A venerable New York newspaper becomes a crime scene in this multifaceted, gloriously entertaining thriller... Tingling suspense powered by Darnton's love for his battered profession." —Kirkus, starred review "A rollicking newsroom farce." —Keir Graff, Booklist"William Randolph Hearst meets Agatha Christie... Loaded with subtle social commentary and wry humor, this highly intelligent whodunit will keep readers guessing." —Publishers Weekly"What a great ride. Think of Evelyn Waugh's Scoop and Ben Hecht's Front Page and add a murder thriller that gives insight into the workings of a great newspaper. It should be required reading for anyone who cares about news and what's happening to it." —Nick Pileggi"This may be the most entertaining novel about newspapers since Michael Frayn's The Tin Men." —Joseph Lelyveld"A mystery with as many heart-thumping twists and turns as a roller coaster." —Ken Auletta