Evelyn Waugh created one of the literary world’s most improbable journalistic heroes in his 1938 satirical novel Scoop. A Fleet Street newspaper mistakenly sends nature columnist William Boot to Africa to cover a conflict as a foreign correspondent. Will Boot make it back to Britain (and his garden) alive?
Even with the newspaper industry in crisis and shouts of “Stop the presses!” waning, reporters and editors still appear in many fictional works today. Of course, some of them now toil for TV or websites. Kirkus Indie recently reviewed three novels that star journalists.
In Nancy Stancill’s thriller Winning Texas, Annie Price, an editor at the Houston Times,longs to return to the field as a hard-charging investigative reporter. After a few murder victims suddenly surface, she gets her chance. While searching for the killer, she must also deal with a dying newspaper and an old flame. “The beguiling protagonist should attract readers just as much as she attracts trouble and men,” our reviewer writes.
The title character of Alex McGlothin’s The Piratization of Daniel Barnes lands in Kenyawith plans to travel to Somalia. The inexperienced journalist hopes to write a tour de force that will impress his childhood sweetheart and advance his career. After boarding a boat that pirates eventually capture, Daniel must transform himself into a hardy warrior to survive. Our critic calls the work “a compelling, politically rich thriller.”
Libby Kirsch’s The Big Lead features Stella Reynolds, a rookie reporter at a small TV station in Montana. Stella finds a huge story involving a double homicide and a vast conspiracy. With the help of colleagues, she hunts for clues. An “enjoyable murder mystery that marks the beginning of a promising new series,” our reviewer writes.
Myra Forsberg is an Indie editor.