Books by Peg Tyre

Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"This is not an indictment of teachers, but rather an eye-opening tool for parental involvement."
Award-winning journalist Tyre (Journalism/Columbia Univ.; The Trouble With Boys, 2009, etc.) adds new perspective to the depressing state of American education with real-world lessons for parents. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

A drug bust that goes bad—two guys are dead, a cop and an unarmed seller—once again brings together crime reporter Kate Murray and her ex-lover John Finn, NYPD Narcotics, when they meet over the bodies. Kate has moved from the Daily Herald to TV, as a producer and occasional live-feed reporter, and she still worries all the time about losing her job. Finn, though, has even bigger worries: Narcotics group leader Doug Bigelow—the tough, protective boss who saved his life during a bodega holdup—was the first man into that drug bust, and Finn, incredulous when he sees another cop getting set up to take the rap for the killing, painfully starts to gather the evidence that could put Bigelow away. It's an uphill struggle for a hero who's already battling the bottle, as well as the bad feelings about him that the heroine's been storing up for two years. Bigelow alternately bullies Finn and laughs him off; when Finn goes to Internal Affairs, their lack of interest tells him that he's being fitted for a frame; Bigelow even tells Kate that Finn's dirty. Ultimately, Kate will have to choose between a network fast-track and saving Jack's hide, and you'll never guess which one she picks. Less earthy and more earthbound than this New York Newsday reporter's debut novel, Strangers in the Night (1994). Kate Murray and John Finn are as interesting as ever, but this time around, the obstacles to their blissful fadeout aren't. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1994

New York Daily Herald crime reporter Kate Murray is on probation after misidentifying a drug-dealing murder victim as Harvard-bound; NYPD Detective John Finn has terrors of his own after narrowly escaping a fatal shooting (``Nothing else looked right to him. It was as if someone had moved all the furniture four inches to the left''). They're both so lonely and ready for love that they'd be a natural team to go after the killer of inoffensive nurse Margaret Severing—if they weren't always measuring their loyalty to each other against the need to protect their jobs. As Kate chases leads on the killer, Sinatra-loving doper Dominick Donatti keeps calling her, claiming to have seen the trigger-man—Gusano, the enforcer who'd broken Dominick's finger—but Kate, convinced he's ``Loon of the Week,'' keeps ducking him, turning amusingly lunkheaded Dominick into her worst nightmare. Newsday reporter Tyre's first novel shores up its turbulent romance with angry intensity on the details of big-city crime and a compelling account of the deepest obsession of police officers and crime reporters: staying employed and, if possible, alive. Read full book review >