Hard News is another story of a young reporter pushing her capabilities and experience. I say another because I have read two books this year by a different author in which a young female reporter was the lead character and Jeffery Deaver has created story which I believe to be the best of the three ‘female reporter’ books read this year.
Working in television as a camera operator out on the beat, young Rune finds a letter on her desk from death row. After convincing herself that the prisoner is innocent she finds herself creating a story of his innocence for the Network Current Events program.
Through in a baby left on her doorstep and you have a fairly improbable scenario which nevertheless provides for an entertaining read. For me the odd part was the baby’s development over what appeared, or seemed to be only a few months at best. She went from nappies, or diapers to feeding herself, walking and talking.
However, it is basically good guys vs bad guys…and I did not pick the end or see any of the bad guys close to Rune.
For that reason and the fact that it was an enjoyable read, I gave Hard News a four star rating.
A final mention the Hard News is book three of the Rune Trilogy. As yet I have not searched for books one and two. However, I can tell you that they appear to have little, or no, impact on reading Hard News as a stand alone read.
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