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The deadline : a mystery
Franscell, Ron, 1957-
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Aurora, CO : Write Way Pub., 1999.
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308 pages ; 23 cm
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Neeley Gilmartin, imprisoned in 1948 for the murder of a little girl, is let out of prison in 1996 because he's dying of tuberculosis. Wracked with pain, he still smolders from the injustice done to him all those years ago, and pleads with the newspaper editor, Jefferson Morgan, to clear his name and find the one who really killed the child.Morgan finds the request abhorrent, and is unable to believe that Gilmartin could be innocent. He refuses to help, until he does a little research and realizes that Gilmartin could indeed be telling the truth-the local sheriff won't release the trial records; the library has the microfiche files in a safe; Morgan's own newspaper clippings of the event hint at a cover-up by the town fathers at the time of the murder. Everything points to Gilmartin's innocence, and when someone burns down the newspaper office -- apparently to kill Morgan himself -- Morgan is sure of it.But what else will Morgan lose before he can print the truth?

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Mysteries featuring amateur sleuths solving decades-old crimes are a dime a dozen; luckily, some very good ones are still being written, such as this second novel by Franscell, a Wyoming newspaper publisher. Apparently taking to heart the familiar advice to "write about what you know," Franscell tells the story of Jefferson Morgan, editor and publisher of a small-town Wyoming weekly, whose investigation of a 48-year-old murder leads him into some dangerous waters.The trick, when telling the kind of story that's been told many times before, is to tell it with flair and to populate it with unique characters. That's just what Franscell has done here: he makes us entirely forget that we've been down this road many times. As a bonus, he packs the novel with plenty of fascinating details about the newspaper business. A nice little sleeper of a mystery that deserves a wide audience. --David Pitt