Black and White and Dead All Over
And the thing that bothered me the most is...more
Priscilla Bollingsworth, the detective assigned to this case, finds that she has too many suspects to choose from and must find some way of narrowing down the numbers.
The Globe assigns reporter Jude Hurley to cover the murder and...more
I loved this author's earlier The Darwin Conspiracy (though not so much his first novel, Neanderthal), so pounced on this when I came across it. A series of murders in the building of the New York Globe (i.e., the New York Times, where Darnton has for a long time been an illustrious fixture) shocks all the journos and indeed the nation. The tale is full of roman a clef elements -- no prizes for guessing who's the prototype for Antipodean media mogul Lester Moloch, for example -- but that's just...more
Ratnoff is found by his administrative assistant with an editor’s spike stuck deep into his chest with a brief note penned in purp...more
First and foremost, this book was pretty much the antithesis to "Ammunition" in that there were dozens of characters, but almost all of them were fully fleshed out and felt unique. In fact, every chapter seemed to introduce a least a little backstory to a new or unnoticed character. Some of the last names seemed a little bit...co...more
Reviewers for the nation's major newspapers clearly loved this comic romp through their own stomping grounds. Anyone in the habit of reading the New York Times will have no trouble recognizing a few of the book's characters, and reporters and editors will probably share a great deal of the author's gallows humor. After all, Darnton did spend 40 years as a reporter, editor, and foreign correspondent for the New York Times, and Black & White is a tribute to an earlier era of reporting. A few c...more
The other fun part of the book was the walk down memory lane of when newspapers were king. It had interesting details about the industry.
It's also a "smart book", by which I mean if you're smart you'll pick up on the references to world leaders and events. I probably only go...more
Working with reporter Jude Hurley, together they work to solve the case. With the suspects list growing and bodies piling up, Jude and Priscilla have to solve the murder quick before they are next on the killers list...more
The first murder victim, an unpopular editor, is found with an editor's spike driven into his chest. Almost everyone who worked for the paper could be considered a suspect.
The second victim, the gossip columnist was having an affair with the first victim. She was turned into a wire mummy, wrapped in a bundling machine while still alive, left posed as a statue holding a copy of the National Enquirer.
The third victim, the celebrity food critic/TV s...more
The author somehow manages to take stock characters and a rather old fashioned world and keep it fresh, funny and interesting. You'll find yourself drawn into the book and...more
Somebody is killing select staffers of the Globe one-by-one, and it's up to reporter Jude to cover the story.
I liked this book mainloy because it's a great yarn, but it also made me nostalgic for the old days of newspapering.
Writing on deadline, even when their lives are at stake, is all the reason these reporters need to get up in the morning.
The plot has a lot of red herrings and twists to keep yo...more
The entertainment lies in the author's takes on various characters who seem to be thinly-disguised doppelgangers of Times personages such as Abe Rosenthal. The atmospherics also interest those of us who have a thing for newspapers.
The story is rather intricate and the characters as numerous as in a Russian novel. Probably fine for those who like that sort of thing. Wherever Dorothy Sayers is, she...more
The mystery was well crafted with great characters and a wonderful setting. (One of my only disappointments was that I had no personal experience of a newspaper to make it even more enjoyable.) The quoted headlines, the descriptions of the different characters, and lightly veiled references...more
I liked that the story is set in present-day journalism. It includes the newspaper's Web site and comments about the industry's struggles.
The book has a lot of characters, who I sometimes had trouble keeping straight. The characters were interesting, though.
I did enjoy the various twists and turns the plot took...more
It had a decently tight mystery plot but the characters could be too over the top sometimes and the writing couldn't decide if it was good, choppy, or one of several types of cliched. It was billed by one recommender as a cozy mystery, so my expectations were not that high and were not particularly underwhelmed, but I don't really think that should be an excuse. I suppose I might be missing the point in that the flaws I perceived made it funny or satirical, but, well, it just never felt eithe...more