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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Bancroft Press; First Edition edition (March 25, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963124684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963124685
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,661,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

What goes on behind the news is the news in Bill O'Reilly's first novel, Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Murder and Television. The engaging thriller centers around a string of murders being carried out in almost ritualistic fashion against the major players of Global News Network (GNN) and miscellaneous others involved in the television news industry. First it's a loutish White House correspondent who gets it with a silver spoon in Martha's Vineyard. Next comes a vice president of the network. As the list grows, so does the pressure on police to stop the killer before he strikes again. Enter Tommy O'Malley, a touch New York detective who has his own ideas about how to keep the streets clean. His work--and life--is complicated by the persistence of a charming young reporter named Ashley Van Buren. In her "Crimetime" column, she dishes a full serving of innuendo and speculation to an audience hungry for just such fare. O'Malley looks like a terrific source to her, and he has to admit she looks pretty good herself.

The real story in Those Who Trespass, however, is that "the way it is," as Walter Cronkite would have said, is not a very nice way at all. O'Reilly, a veteran of Fox and an Emmy winner himself, reveals the skullduggery that goes on under the anchor desk and on the other side of the camera: correspondents "bigfooting" others' stories, young climbers doing anything to secure the anchor seat, and ratings outfits fixing the game to suit themselves. Once you've read this, you will understand the part of the news that's not fit to print.

From Booklist

O'Reilly's first novel tells a story of revenge and murder set against the backdrop of television news. The opening chapters detail the corrupt, often despicable world of the networks, where pretty faces from New York conspire to appropriate the work of those on the front lines. When two of the smarmiest conspirators wind up dead, the list of suspects is as long as the number of people the networks have screwed along the way--hundreds. On the case is Detective Tommy O'Malley, along with aggressive journalist Ashley Van Buren. Against his better judgment, Tommy falls for Ashley and becomes the spunky young writer's informant. But Ashley's feelings are mixed, for she is also smitten with charming Shannon Michaels, who happens to be at the top of Tommy's list of suspects. Although stereotypical secondary characters are a drawback, the novel is nicely paced, and the network milieu works well as a setting for murder. Mary Frances Wilkens

More About the Author

For more than 13 years Bill O'Reilly has presided over The O'Reilly Factor on the FOX News Channel, the highest rated cable news program frequently topping news shows offered by broadcast networks. Often referred to as the most talked about, most controversial TV journalist today, he is a three-time Emmy Award winner as well as the recipient of a Governor's Award from the Boston/New England chapter of the prestigious National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Before becoming executive producer and anchor of The Factor, as his fans sometimes call it, he served as national correspondent for ABC News and as anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program Inside Edition. He is the author of numerous mega-bestsellers, the most recent of which was Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, a deeply personal and revealing memoir that has sold more than 1 million copies and comfortably rested high up on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 52 weeks, as well as four previous non-fiction works, all of which went to #1 on that same list. In addition, The O'Reilly Factor for Kids outsold all other children's non-fiction titles in 2005. All in all, more than 5 million copies of Bill's books are in circulation. He holds master's degrees from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Boston University. Asked about his proudest professional achievement Bill has said, "The millions of dollars we are able to give to charity."

Customer Reviews

Nothing against Bill O'Reilly personally, he seems like a nice guy.
Stevie Lou
He says that there is supposedly some talk of a movie being generated from the book...........No Way........the story isn't worthy.
A. J. Mathison
Mr. O'Reilly makes such good use of details, and facts that makes this story very realistic.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By M. Mallio on October 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
Believe it or not (and far too many people will not) this review has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with my love of the mystery form. O'Reilly, known primarily for his television and radio shows, decided to branch out into the world of genre fiction and has crafted a functional, but not very interesting, mystery in which TV network execs are getting clipped. It includes some fairly typical characters such as the ubiquitous tough-but-tender Irish cop, a hard-drinking veteran journalist, and an ambitious tabloid reporter.

The interesting part of the novel was Mr. O'Reilly's description of how ruthless TV politics can be. Because of this, I thought it would be far more interesting as a work of nonfiction. O'Reilly, apparently, is not crazy enough to bite the hands that feed him just yet.

My guess is that if you're a fan of Bill O'Reilly, you will enjoy the book. However, if it's a good mystery you're after you've so many other choices. Give this one a pass.
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98 of 124 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Here is an excerpt from this book:
"Ashley was now wearing only brief white panties. She had signaled her desire by removing her shirt and skirt, and by leaning back on the couch. She closed her eyes, concentrating on nothing but Shannon's tongue and lips. He gently teased her by licking the areas around her most sensitive erogenous zone. Then he slipped her panties down her legs and, within seconds, his tongue was inside her, moving rapidly."
Yup. Bill O'Reilly, the literary master of cunnilingus. This is perhaps the most hilarious thing I have ever read in my entire life.
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60 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Tarquin Biscuitbarrel on November 2, 2005
Format: Paperback
Rarely does my husband, the manly Mr. Biscuitbarrel, allow me to read books in which fornication takes place. I submit to this headship, for who knows what illicit ideas might take root in the fertile soil of my femininity? However, because the author of this novel is Bill O'Reilly, it aroused no suspicion on our marital nightstand.

I felt very cheated to learn that many of the lubricious scenes that Mr. O'Reilly presents in this novel already have been made available to the reading public at no cost. The transcripts of his courtroom trial available on-line indicate that Mr. O'Reilly was so very proud of "Those Who Trespass," especially the shower scenes, that he recited or read lengthy excerpts from this novel aloud to a former subordinate co-worker. Miss M-----s was so distraught that she brought suit and received a seven-figure settlement.

Would that all of Mr. O'Reilly's readers were so fortunate.
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42 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Stevie Lou on April 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
Nothing against Bill O'Reilly personally, he seems like a nice guy. It's just that reading this book is like walking up a flight of stairs holding an empty cardboard box the size of a Kenmore refrigerator. I wanted to finish as soon as I could and go play Super Nintendo. The dialogue between the poorly developed characters was especially awkward. And that other ex-GNN correspondent flat-out vanished! Maybe he found a better plot...
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185 of 239 people found the following review helpful By J. Suchta on June 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Wow. This was a real-load-in-the-pants. I'm surprised that anyone would actually publish this. I guess that a perk when you're on TV. The writing was at about a 12th grade level, which is surprising, considering that O'Reilly speaks like a nine year old child. I think this book would make good reading for inmates in Abu Ghraib.
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45 of 56 people found the following review helpful By "dday515" on May 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Take away your thoughts of Bill O'Reilly - either positive or negative - this book would NEVER have been published if he wasn't already famous. The "plot" is toilet paper thin, the characters extremely one dimensional, and the writing amateurish.
Don't waste your time reading this!
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32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
I'm a big fan of Bill O'Reilly and, although I don't agree with him all the time, admire him very much and think he's a very intelligent person. THAT is why I can't believe he actually wrote this embarrassingly poorly written novel. But, even more than that, why his editors let it slip through without rewriting the amateurish dialogue. When I was about two thirds into it I just gave up and read the last few pages just to "get it over with". I simply don't believe that Mr. O doesn't know how bad it was/is/whatever. It has to be a 'tongue-in-cheek' thing!
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62 of 79 people found the following review helpful By J. Caputo on July 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
....because if this crap can get published, then any one of us can get published. At it's best, the writing is sophmoric and simple. The people who are giving this thing 5 stars must not have even read it. I imagine that if the author's name was Bill O'Smith, they never would have. I think those "5 star" reviewers would give him the same rating if he spelled out his name in dung.
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