Number of pages: 319
The 25th novel in the Discworld series features the appearance of a pair of assassins called Pin and Tulip and involves a murder that is blamed on the Patrician of Ankh Morpork, plus a kidnapped dog. Once again, all of the City Watch members make an appearance, but the events are seen through the eyes of William de Worde, who has accidentally created Discworld's first newspaper.
This book is largely a satire on the power of the press, and how journalists will stop at nothing for the sake of a good story, once again managing to effectively put a modern concept into the series' fantasy setting. There are a lot of jokes about newspaper headlines and people desperate to get their stories into the paper, plus there are the usual bizarre characters, including a vampire who is obsessed with using a flash camera, despite the fact that it frequently reduces him to a pile of dust. I noticed also that there was some influence from the Watergate Scandal (mostly the appearance of an informant called "Deep Bone".
I wouldn't count this among the best of the Discworld series; the main plot makes for a good mystery story, and everything is explained in the end, but it seemed a bit too thin; also, there were a few recycled jokes, including some including a demon personal organiser and Otto going "cold turkey" by not drinking blood (although the same gimmick was used with a vampire in the previous novel, The Fifth Elephant.
This novel felt a bit too long, but overall it was enjoyable. Also, for attentive readers, there is a really good pay off in the last few paragraphs.
Next book: The Yellow Birds (Kevin Powers)