Deadly Head­line

If it bleeds, it leads, hang on to your hat

Gulf & Main - - Between The Lines - BY DOUG GAL­LO­GLY Doug Gal­lo­gly lives in Fort My­ers with his wife, Jackie.

Ru­mors of the Cleve­land Her­ald’s im­pend­ing demise had be­come com­mon, but the ap­par­ent sui­cide of Robert Davis, the copy ed­i­tor, took ev­ery­one by sur­prise. But when foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tor Mag­gie Gar­diner ar­rives, she finds ev­i­dence of mur­der. So be­gins Un­pun­ished by Lisa Black (Kens­ing­ton Books, 2017, $25), where Mag­gie learns the dark­est sto­ries some­times hap­pen be­hind the head­lines.

Mag­gie Gar­diner is a skilled in­ves­ti­ga­tor, but she finds lit­tle solid ev­i­dence in Davis’ mur­der. The copy ed­i­tor’s job in­vites anger, as he de­cides what sto­ries to print and their place­ment in the pa­per. But who could be an­gry enough to kill? Her fo­cus is com­pro­mised by Jack Ren­ner, the lead de­tec­tive on the case, who hides a dark com­pul­sion only she knows. But he knows her se­cret, too.

As they search for some­one with mo­tive to kill Davis, an­other body is found. Jerry Wil­ton was the Her­ald’s di­rec­tor of advertising, and his sav­age mur­der makes it clear that some­one is tar­get­ing the Her­ald’s em­ploy­ees. Gar­diner and Ren­ner are forced to set their dif­fer­ences aside as they ex­plore ev­ery pos­si­ble lead. A dead­line is swiftly ap­proach­ing, and even their lives may be for­feited as the un­known killer nears his/her goal.

Lisa Black’s thor­ough re­search into the news­pa­per in­dus­try brings a depth to this story, and her years of foren­sics ex­pe­ri­ence in Cleve­land and South­west Florida pro­vide her read­ers with an au­then­tic­ity that few can match. Her books have been trans­lated into six lan­guages, one reach­ing New York Times Best Sellers List, and one has been op­tioned for film and a pos­si­ble TV se­ries.

If you haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced the world of Lisa Black, then hang on to your hat, be­cause it’s a thrilling ride!

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