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4.46  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Glitz, glamour, and the grime coating: this is Jackson Hardy’s beat as he shills for the tabloid magazine Our Spinning World. Toss a ghost named Madame Blue into the mix, squeeze the special sauce out of a few forlorn celebrities, shake until buzzing, and watch that bad publicity bubble over. It’s all part of the gig. Struggling to put on the air of an alcoholic and enjoyi ...more
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Published May 21st 2015 by Smashwords Edition (first published April 27th 2015)
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Shad Engkilterra
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A detective story in noir fashion for the 21st century, Bad Publicity gives you something to chew on.
B.R. Sanders
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Bad Publicity, by Brian C. Baer, is a modern twist on the hardboiled noir detective story. The book centers on Jackson Hardy, a grizzled alcoholic unraveling a mystery who contends with his fair share of femme fatales and massive thugs. It all sounds very Dashiell Hammett except for the particulars.

Jackson Hardy isn’t a P.I.—he’s a tabloid reporter, and he’s not a very good one on his own.* One of the femme fatales is a ghost named Madame Blue who feeds him his sordid tidbits about movie stars.
Donnie Burgess
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Jackson Hardy is a hack writer for the supermarket tabloid ‘Our Spinning World’. He claims to be after the truth, but in this sensationalist rag, Bad Publicity is what generates sales. His current target is silver screen icon Zachary Bachman, Jr. and his goal is to find a scandal -at any cost. Jackson’s search for a tantalizing headline puts him in contact with an eclectic group of characters: The fawning receptionist, Melodie, his ex-wife, Layla, media darling, Lisandra Clarke, falling starlet, ...more
J.B. Rockwell
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
How to describe this..part noir (with a modern setting) and part ghost story. Sort of LA CONFIDENTIAL meets GHOST, except in this case the ghost is a bat-shit crazy dead lady who communicates with the protagonist (one Jackson Hardy) via his fax machine to give him tips on the celebrities he writs about in his sensational, Hollywood rag. An entertaining read from end to end with snark and sarcasm and a slowly unfolding mystery involving nattily dressed businessmen, smoking hot damsels in distress ...more
Samantha Divine
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Bad Publicity was a very fun book to read. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the flamboyant tabloid articles and the overly dramatic movie stars with Jackson's attempt at a mundane everyday life. There were unexpected twists and turns throughout the book that kept me guessing right up until the end. From mistresses to ghosts to explosions to mysterious friends, this book has everything you could possibly want! ...more
Rachael Ritchey
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't read a lot of paranormal fiction, but Brian C. Baer did a great job with Bad Publicity, a book about a man with a pretty crazy sort of life. Jackson Hardy, the main character works for a tabloid and he's got a ghost who thinks he's her darling. If that's not enough, there's a mystery to solve in the case of some bad publicity for few famous people. It's is a quick read! ...more
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