THE PAPER PALACE by Robert Harling
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A reporter's research into the identity- and anonymous activities of a dilettante revolutionary who ends up in a cold, Slav grave provides a precise, ironic and occasionally intense portrait of London's Fleet Street- and a newspaper empire which stands to fall. For the Baron, who controls twelve papers and is worth ten million, shies away from and silences the obituary on George Waterman, and in so doing whets the curiosity of Wensley, his editor, and the columnist who follows up the story which he tells. And from Waterman's mother to his young mistress-secretary, from the Continent to the Irish Sinn Fein rebellion in the '20's, the connection between the Baron and the dead traitor is established and engenders a cold interchange of blackmail.... A devious drama of the gentlemen of the press--at their most ungentlemanly -- and an assured and sustained performance.

Pub Date: May 21st, 1952
Publisher: Harper