SOUTH STREET CONFIDENTIAL by Dick Belsky

SOUTH STREET CONFIDENTIAL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Here, New York newspaperman Belsky happily skewers network news shows with the creation of station WTBK, where plucky investigative reporter (i.e., serious journal-list) Jenny McKay is reassigned--to the newly created ""South Street Confidential"" slot, a grab-the-ratings spinoff of Robin Leach. Jenny's first task is to interview heiress-bride Kathy Kerrigan on the eve of her wedding--only Kathy has disappeared, her mom is drunk, and her stepdad, a make-the-run-for-the-presidency-oriented senator, wants a cover-up. Ricocheting from interview to interview, Jenny learns that Kathy was obsessed with her real father's boating accident/death years ago, and has become convinced she's seen him in a TV special devoted to Bowery bums. Did he die? Or is he a wino? Assisted by her crew, Jenny tracks the story to its Nantucket roots, where ""King"" Kerrigan, a Joe Kennedy type, still mourns for his son; and from there to a New York State clinic, where the mystery collapses with the revelation of an unspecified degenerative disease. Off-the-mark wrap-up, but engaging until then, particularly with the career of daredevil reporter Cassie White, the news vs. entertainment segments, and Hobo the love-starved dog.

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 1989
Publisher: St. Martin's