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Black and White and Dead All Over by John Darnton
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Loved this book. You will enjoy this fast-paced thriller too, moreso if you’ve worked in a newsroom, and especially if you remember copyboys, composing rooms, and clipping morgues (which I do, though I was a pup). The reporter is the hero (naturally) in this plot, which revolves around a newspaper that is an obvious send-up of the New York Times. (The author is a veteran Times correspondent.) Darnton knows how to both keep things moving and drop in key clues for the alert reader. The action is also flecked with classic gallows humor, including one of the all-time classic reporter-and-editor jokes, which I won’t spoil here. The only off-note: the ludicrous character names, which are probably meant to evoke and parody classic Times personalities (i.e., “Max Schwartzbaum” = Abe Rosenthal, “Elisha Hagenbuckle” = Arthur Sulzberger, I guess …, etc. ), but only grate on the reader after awhile. Still, if you don't expect too much, this book is a hoot.
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message 1: by Rick (last edited Mar 14, 2009 10:08AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Rick Loved this book. You will enjoy this fast-paced thriller too, moreso if you’ve worked in a newsroom, and especially if you remember copyboys, composing rooms, and clipping morgues (which I do, though I was a pup). The reporter is the hero (naturally) in this plot, which revolves around a newspaper that is an obvious send-up of the New York Times. (The author is a veteran Times correspondent.) Darnton knows how to both keep things moving and drop in key clues for the alert reader. The action is also flecked with classic gallows humor, including one of the all-time classic reporter-and-editor jokes, which I won’t spoil here. The only off-note: the ludicrous character names, which are probably meant to evoke and parody classic Times personalities (i.e., “Max Schwartzbaum” = Abe Rosenthal, “Elisha Hagenbuckle” = Arthur Sulzberger, I guess …, etc. ), but only grate on the reader after awhile. Still, if you don't expect too much, this book is a hoot.


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