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.)
Talton, author of the award-winning David Mapstone (Cactus Heart) series, demonstrates his versatility in depicting the little-known world of the hospital pain nurse. A strong series launch, for all collections.” Library Journal Starred Review of The Pain Nurse
The author of the David Mapstone series set in Phoenix (Cactus Heart, etc.) puts an interesting twist on the detective solving a mystery while bed-ridden scenario in this tense, well-crafted whodunit...Talton's authentic depiction of hospital life lends heft, as do his searing descriptions of Borders's physical pain and mental anguish during recovery.” Publishers Weekly of The Pain Nurse
Talton has an impressive ability to ratchet up suspense, although one of his main characters is bedridden and in great pain.” The Seattle Times of The Pain Nurse
Talton crisply evokes Phoenix's New West ambience and keeps readers guessing with unexpected plot twists.” Publishers Weekly of Arizona Dreams
"Talton, author of The Pain Nurse (2009) and the David Mapstone series, combines a moving paean to the free press with a chillingly plausible thriller plot built around black ops. A knockout novel that leaves the reader with renewed appreciation for independent daily newspapers." -- Booklist starred review
"Talton (The Pain Nurse, 2009, etc.) serves up a well-crafted mystery that is also a heartfelt threnody for the journalism that was." -- Kirkus Review
"This terrific stand-alone by the author of The Pain Nurse and the David Mapstone series should appeal to readers who enjoyed Michael Connelly's The Scarecrow." -- Library Journal
" Deadline Man is one of the best suspense novels I've read in a while. Full of twists, turns, murder and mayhem, Deadline Man kept me anxiously turning pages right up to the end. Talton does a magnificent job of planting hints and teasers that keep readers guessing at what might happen. but he neither tips his hand completely nor leaves his readers in the dark...Talton is one of the best talents I've encountered this year. The Bottom Line: Fans of well-written suspense should not miss Deadline Man." - - Midwest Book Review
"Well-rounded characters and a lightning-paced plot raise this well above the average global conspiracy story." -- Publisher's Weekly
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.