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Boyle, Gerry, 1956-
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New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2000.
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371 pages ; 22 cm
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"Boyle is the genuine article." --Robert B. ParkerThe novels of Gerry Boyle have been hailed as "evocative" (The Washington Post), "raw-boned" (New York Times) and "powerful" (Publishers Weekly). Now, in Cover Story, Maine reporter Jack McMorrow returns to his roots in New York City--and delves into big city crime and corruption. The mayor has been murdered. It's the story of a lifetime, a story every reporter dreams of writing. And Jack's the perfect man for the job. That is, until he becomes a suspect...

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Booklist Review

Jack McMorrow is summoned to Manhattan from his Maine woods sanctuary by the new managers in charge at the New York Times. The group behind his ouster from the paper is gone, and the new team, made up of his former peers, wants him to be the Maine correspondent. After hashing out the details, Jack meets his childhood pal, retired NYPD detective Butch Casey, for a drink. Butch lost his wife, Leslie, to a carjacker years earlier. McMorrow lost his Times position because of his "biased" coverage of the subsequent trial, in which District Attorney John Fiore let the accused go free, despite compelling eyewitness testimony. Fiore is now the crime-fighting mayor of New York, with an eye on a U.S. Senate seat. Shortly after McMorrow and Casey part, Fiore is stabbed to death at City Hall, and Casey stands accused. McMorrow, in an effort to help his friend, begins to investigate the circumstances of Leslie Casey's killing as well as a series of similar murders that occurred at about the same time. McMorrow is warned off, his lover threatened, and a former lover brutally assaulted. But the trail seems to lead back to City Hall, and McMorrow can't let go. Boyle's sixth McMorrow novel may be the one that puts him on the best-seller lists. It is intricately plotted, the characters are all painfully human, and the change in setting--from rural Maine to the Big Apple--lends an ominous edge. An outstanding crime novel. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

Once a New York Times reporter, Jack McMorrow left the city in the 1980s after a virulent falling-out with the paper's management. A decade later, he's back in Manhattan, settling the details for his gig as the Times's new northern New England stringer before returning home to Maine. While in town, Jack has a drink with his childhood pal, former cop Butch Casey. The next morning a TV reporter informs Jack that New York's popular mayor, the Giulianiesque Johnny Fiore, has been fatally stabbed and Butch has been arrested for the crime. (Ten years ago, when Butch's wife was murdered, then-DA Fiore dropped the case against the killer, saying that a witness against him was tainted.) The media descends on Jack; trying to escape their prying, he winds up at the Brooklyn loft of his ex-girlfriend. Before the mayor's death, Butch had claimed he knew of corruption in the justice system, so Jack treks all over the city checking out Butch's leads while he himself is constantly under surveillance. The mob, drug dealers and political operatives all seem to be part of the shady goings-on. Boyle (Borderline, etc.) deftly puts Jack through his paces: Is Jack's work on the story a conflict of interest? Can he resist the decadent temptations of his old life and return to the woman he loves in Maine? Boyle's snappy prose stops just short of hard-boiled, letting some poignancy slip into his characters' plights. As the story pushes forward, he fashions a powerful study of New York City--of its glamour, of the tawdry hopelessness of so many who live there, and of the power-mad honchos who feed on them. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Maine investigative reporter Jack McMorrow visits New York intending to work freelance for the New York Times. When news breaks of the mayor's murder and police arrest Jack's longtime friend, an ex-cop, as the perp, Jack's plans quickly change. Hoping to save his friend and track down the real murderer, he offers to assist the police, winds up under media scrutiny himself, then uncovers political corruption leading back to the mayor and beyond. Boyle offers potential movie material here: murder, intrigue, frantic chases, confrontations, ambitious women (and men), and hidden agendas--all told with crisp tension. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.