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Final Copy (prequel to the Hallie Ahern Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jan Brogan
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A venture capitalist falls to his death during a Biotechnology Conference in Boston and investigative Reporter Addy McNeil gets a chance to regain her foundering career when the only suspect in Boston's hottest murder turns out to be her old boyfriend. Can she pull herself together and score the exclusive - and is she a match for a man who needs her good will to prove his innocence?

Set in Boston's cash-strapped biotechnology industry in the early 1990s, Addy finds plenty of motives for murder, but there are certain truths she may not want to uncover. Named one of the Top Ten Mysteries of 2001 by the Drood Review of Mystery.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Struggling journalist Addy McNeil jumps at the chance to cover the murder of a renowned businessman, despite or maybe because the main suspect is Addy's ex-boyfriend. Set in the early-1990s biotech proliferation in Boston, Jan Brogan's Final Copy, her first mystery novel, lands its heroine in the thick of rekindled romance, cutthroat venture capitalism and abundant murder motives.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


"Brogan knows how to quicken the suspense and parcel out revelations as the book accelerates to its stunning conclusion." -- The Providence Sunday Journal July 8, 2001

Mysteries are about putting pieces together into a picture that reveals a killer. Brogan does this with a sure hand. -- The Drood Review of Mystery, Editors' Choice, May/June 2002

humanly compelling, crisply written,cleverly plotted...Brogan knows how to quicken the suspense and parcel out revelations.. a swift, sure-footed mystery. -- Sam Coale, The Providence Journal-Bulletin, July 8,2001

Product Details

  • File Size: 426 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Larcom Press; 1 edition (December 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JEE8K4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,327 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific read! December 15, 2001
Final Copy is a mystery with realistic characters, a plot that rings true, a terrific flawed lead character Addie McNeil who stumbles through life doing her best like the rest of us. I love the Boston setting, and that Brogan doesn't tie everything up at the end with a feel-good ending. A surprising, satisfying book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Mystery January 16, 2005
Jan Brogan is such a promising new mystery novelist.

Final Copy is such a great read. I would reccomend it to anyone seeking to pick up a fresh new writer. This is not a Sherlock Holmes sort of read. Instead, its about a modern day journalist caught in a compromising position, trying to untangle a potentially public scandal.

I hope we see more from this outstanding new author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than a great mystery book July 13, 2001
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I like reading mysteries as an occasional break from the more serious fiction and non-fiction I usually prefer to read. FINAL COPY is much more satisfying than the typical mystery novel -- it's got great characters, a compelling plot, and an unpredictable ending. The main character, Addy McNeil, a newspaper reporter down on her luck and trying to get her career back on track, is not your typical crackerjack detective. But her journalistic instincts and dogged determination enable her to get to the bottom of the central murder mystery: Did Kit Korbanics (an old college boyfriend) push his business partner over a hotel balcony to his death, or was it suicide? The real mystery, though, is what Addy will do with the information she learns, since the truth, her ambition, and her feelings toward Kit are all at odds. The writing is crisp, and the story is fast-paced and engaging. I highly recommend this book for mystery fans and for people who just love a good story well told.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revealing Look at Newspaper Journalism December 7, 2001
The news stories you read in the daily paper (and the way they are presented) are the result of a political struggle among competing egos, ethics, and financial interests at that paper. By telling the story of a washed-up reporter's fight to complete a profile of a man accused of murder, FINAL COPY makes this struggle real in a way that will forever change the way you read your local newspaper. This novel reveals journalism in very much the way Scott Turow's PRESUMED INNOCENT revealed criminal law. It is engrossing as a mystery and moving as a human experience. You have to decide for yourself about the morality of Addy McNeil's decision, and it is testimony to the power of the story and the writing that it won't be an easy decision for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best mysteries ever written! August 3, 2001
As a mystery buff I am always in search of that exciting, well writen mystery whose ending I cannot predict.Final Copy was all of that and more! With a well woven plot, fascinating characters and a truly surprising ending, you will not be disappointed. Hopefully more mysteries will follow for this author.(By the way, this plot would be perfect material for a movie! Anyone from Hollywood out there?)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Journalistic Ethics in "Final Copy" August 14, 2005
The year is 1991 and news reporter Addy McNeil is having a hard time of it. Not only is she battling prescription substance abuse and nightly panic attacks, she is dealing with the rippling aftereffects on her and her parents of her brother's recent death. Recently demoted at the newspaper, her bosses now want her to use her relationship from 14 years ago to gain personal access to a murder suspect.

Kit Korbanics, business partner of Francis Marquesson, is suspected of throwing Marquesson over a balcony of the Harbor Inn Hotel to his death. The fact that Addy dated him in college has given her a chance to resurrect her struggling journalism career by doing an in depth profile on Kit. But in reaching out to Kit to do her assigned piece, painful old memories and feelings surface. Against a backdrop of venture capitalism, bioengineering and the beginnings of the synthetic cocaine problem, Addy struggles to investigate Kit and once again practice journalistic objectivity.

Featuring a sympathetic main character, this novel slowly moves forward in cozy style and tantalizes the reader with clues and misdirection. Much like her second novel "A Confidential Source" which is a stronger book, Addy deals with the same issues of substance abuse, inability to sleep, and drawing the line between her life as a reporter and her personal life. While the heroines are differently named, readers will recognize the many commonalities between the two.

Well written, no doubt due to the author's wide experiences in journalism, this read provides a tantalizing glimpse into the harsh realities of the modern newspaper newsroom. At the same time, it provides a good mystery as well as giving the reader a reason to read bylines in the morning paper just a little differently.

Kevin R. Tipple © 2005
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I expected this to be great and it is May 13, 2009
Conventional wisdom is that you start with the first of a series and work your way up to the latest. However, I went backwards, starting with TEASER, and I must say it worked out nicely for me. Reading this first book and learning fully about Addy McNeil's last days on the Boston newspaper before going to Providence was a fulfilling experience for me. However, if you haven't yet started this series, this is by all means the logical starting point in learning of Addy's addictive personality, and the background dealing with her brother's death and a former lover along with her covering a crime story involving said former boy friend. You will of course then be anxious on reading the rest that have been published so far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing
First time reading this author and was not disappointed. Love the protagonist.
Published 1 month ago by Georgia Ann Mullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart, timely biotech mystery
Boston Globe journalist Jan Brogan pens a cracking good novel about a disgraced reporter drawn into a murder investigation because of a personal connection with the prime suspect,... Read more
Published on July 23, 2012 by Rosemary Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars A Promising Debut!
Jan Brogan's Final Copy is a thrilling debut mystery novel about a morally challanged reporter, written by a veteran reporter. Read more
Published on April 19, 2005 by Rachel August
5.0 out of 5 stars An Edge of your Seat Mystery
Jan Brogan has a great feel for creating a suspensful mystery. And she has a knack for putting you into the shoes of the main character - perhaps because she bases the protaganist... Read more
Published on January 6, 2005 by BETTE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery
I'm not a typical mystery reader, but I was very pleased with this story! Well worth the read, it gives a good insight into journalism, business, and even a little romantic... Read more
Published on June 4, 2003 by Kristin Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Final Copy Rocks!
Two Thumbs way up for Brogan's first mystery novel. My only problem is I now have to wait for her next mystery! I really hope she is typing away because she got me hooked!!
Published on October 22, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolutely Fantastic Read!
This compelling mystery pulled me in and got me hooked in the first page. Although usually not a fan of most mysteries, this book pulled me and kept me guessing. Read more
Published on September 7, 2001 by C.S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Flesh-and-Blood, Believable Heroine
I just loved Final Copy! In this not-your-ordinary, run-of-the-mill mystery, Brogan has created an arresting emotional landscape as Addy McNeil struggles to prove herself a... Read more
Published on September 6, 2001
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More About the Author

Jan Brogan is a novelist, essayist and journalist who worked for many years as a staff newspaper reporter before going freelance. She is a winner of the Gerald Loeb award for distinguished financial writing, and currently works as a correspondent for the Boston Globe. Her freelance work has appeared in Boston Magazine, The Improper Bostonian, Ladies Home Journal and Forbes Magazine and one of her essays was recently featured in the collection about the insanity of the college admissions process: "I'm Going to College Not You" by Jennifer Delahunty. She and her husband live outside of Boston and get to spend a lot of time on Martha's Vineyard She is currently working on a historical novel partially set in Edgartown.


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