From Library Journal
More media fallout; here a reporter struggles with his conscience. Should he write the story that could win him a Pulitzer or risk his career by denouncing his newspaper's greedy ways? From an Edgar Award winner.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The 1970s are a big pop culture phenomenon these days: the clothes, the hair, the music, even the television shows being made into movies. This novel takes a look at journalistic practices of a fictional New York paper, the Globe
, in the post-Watergate era. Billy Burke, the quintessential battered newspaperman whose integrity outweighs everything else, including the shady maneuverings of his opportunistic editor, is assigned to a tearjerker/hospital-exposestory. A big private hospital won't operate on a young Latino boy with a hole in his heart, yet surgeons are falsifying records left and right. The dashing Burke, dating a gorgeous reporter, falls for the young boy's mother--until his own ex-wife comes back into the picture. He still has feelings for the ex, and they have an autistic child. Heffernan obviously means well here, and despite the white hats worn by Burke and the women in his life, all the bad guys aren't necessarily all bad. Joe Collins