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Deadline Manby Jon Talton
Synopses & Reviews
He’s a man whose life is so intertwined with his job that we know him only as “the columnist.” He writes for a newspaper in Seattle, isn’t afraid to stir up trouble and keeps his life – including his multiple lovers and his past – in safe compartments. It’s all about to be violently upended when he goes out on what seems like the most mundane of assignments, looking into a staid company that “never makes news.”
But from the moment one of his sources takes a dive off a downtown skyscraper, the columnist is plunged into a harrowing maze of murder, intrigue and secrets that powerful forces intend to keep hidden at all costs. All he has to go on is a corporate world where nothing is as it seems, increasingly menacing encounters with mysterious federal agents and the unsettling meme “eleven/eleven.” Meanwhile, the paper itself is dying. The columnist joins with an aggressive young reporter to see if one explosive story can save a newspaper – and much more. They’re running to make the deadline of their lives and failure will bring lethal consequences.
Deadline Man is Jon Talton at his best, a novel that is both electrifying and intelligent, capturing the romance and harsh reality of newspaper journalism while raising important questions that will haunt readers long after the fast-paced action ends.
"Talton (The Pain Nurse) brings his journalism expertise to this fine mystery narrated by an unnamed columnist for a Seattle newspaper. Shortly after 'the columnist' has a routine meeting with sometime source and heavy-hitting hedge fund manager Troy Hardesty at the man's downtown office, Troy falls 20 stories to his death on the street below. Back at the columnist's office, the paper's managers announce the company will be sold or closed in 60 days. Despite the uproar, the columnist is more concerned with juggling his three lovers than his future — until he's accosted by a streetwalker who shouts,'Eleven-eleven!' Later, sinister men claiming to be 'federal officers' ask the columnist what Troy told him at their meeting. The columnist joins forces with Amber Burke, a cub reporter who wants to prove herself with a big story, in an effort to find out what's really going on. Well-rounded characters and a lightning-paced plot raise this well above the average global conspiracy story." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
A novel that is both electrifying and intelligent, "Deadline Man" follows a man known only as the columnist and an intrepid young reporter who are running to make the deadline of their lives.
About the Author
Author Jon Talton is a fourth-generation Arizonan and the author of the David Mapstone mysteries, Concrete Desert, Cactus Heart, Camelback Falls, Dry Heat and Arizona Dreams. The Washington Post has lauded Talton as a strong new voice in contemporary hardboiled fiction.” Dry Heat won the Arizona Highways Fiction Award in 2005. Arizona Dreams was a BookSense Pick, based on the recommendations of hundreds of independent bookstores.
Jons writing was developed over 20 years as a journalist, working for newspapers in San Diego, Denver, Dayton, Cincinnati and Charlotte. Jons columns have appeared in newspapers throughout North America. In 2001, Jon returned to Phoenix as a columnist for the Arizona Republic.
Before journalism, Jon worked as an ambulance medic in the inner city of Phoenix. He now lives in Seattle, Washington.
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