A Little Trouble With The Facts - Nina Siegel
This quick read appeared right up my alley. Siegel is a former reporter who crafted a hybrid chick-lit/mystery about a recently demoted journalist who must try to piece together whether a recent obit she wrote contains an error of her making or if there is more to the could-be suicide of a 1980s graffiti artist.
I did get a kick out of some of the descriptions of newsroom life and politics. But this forgettable book mostly served as a reminder for why I tend to read nonfiction more than fiction. The plot and characters were rather flat and contrived, and there was enough holes in the story to make me cringe.
Good for a former reporter finding a publisher for her book. But boo on wasting my time making sure to finish this one.
Skin Tight - Carl Hiaasen
This is more like it.
If you're going to read a former reporter, go with one you know can deliver on believable characters, quick pacing and who knows a good thriller can always use some dark humor.
Perhaps if I hadn't lived in Florida for eight years, I'd find some of this tale about eccentric motives and slimy characters a stretch. But it's dead on, especially as satire.
Reynaldo Flemm, the Latino-wanna be schlock journalist, a la Geraldo? The corrupt county commissioner meeting a grisly end in a confessional? Crisply written and clever, and Hiaasen never loses sight of the plot. It was a perfect palate cleanser for my recent other forays into fiction.