Wild Justice

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9780060810290: Wild Justice

Fleet Street in the 1980s during a heat-wave, a setting which positively thrives on intrigue and where the phrase 'stab in the back' is synonymous with a journalist being summarily sacked, often whilst in the pub. The Daily Post has a new proprietor who seems determined to drive the paper down-market, promote extreme political views and ride roughshod over the trades unions and industrial relations. Gossip columnist Rain Morgan feels far from secure in her job, but neither does anyone else, especially when the new proprietor is found, quite literally, stabbed in the back at his desk. During a chaotic summer, life in the offices of the Daily Post becomes even more chaotic than usual, with invasions by protestors (both left and right wing), a heightened sense of megalomania, jealousy and paranoia, the discovery of typewritten death threats and the intervention of the bizarre, publicity-seeking psychic Ruby Dobby. And then knives, similar if not identical to the murder weapon, begin to be delivered to various members of staff, including Rain.

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When the proprietor of London's Daily Post a most unpopular manis found stabbed to death at his desk, there is no shortage of suspects and motives. Hal MacQuillan, an American, had bought the respected paper after assurances that he would not tamper with it editorially. He had broken most of the promises, taken the paper downmarket, fired or demoted some staff members, and generally made life miserable for most of the rest. Post gossip columnist Rain Morgan finds herself in an ambiguous position: she is present when the body is discovered, her old friend detective-superintendent Paul Wickham is put in charge of the case, and editor Luke Eliot asks her to help reporter Frank Shildon conduct a clandestine instigation into MacQuillan's affairsa project initiated before his death. Sinister rumors gain currencythat MacQuillan was backed by Irish interests in the U.S. to propagandize Britain's withdrawal from Northern Ireland, that the intelligence services had wanted him killed. Rain pursues these leads while coping with romantic problems: she evicts her lover, cartoonist and co-worker Oliver West and finds herself becoming more attracted to Wickham. Grant-Adamson ( Guilty Knowledge ) delivers a neatly plotted and well-written story while conveying an authentic flavor of life in the newsroom and newspaper bars. She is a snappy writer with an eye for telling detail.
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