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Hard News [Mass Market Paperback]

Jeffery Deaver
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Jan. 2 2001 Rune Trilogy
Rune is an aspiring filmmaker with more ambition than political savvy, paying her dues as an assistant cameraperson for the local news. But she's got her eyes on the prize, the network's hot newsmagazine, Current Events -- and she's got the story she knows will get her there.

Poking around in the video archives, Rune spots a taped interview with Randy Boggs, who's doing hard time in Attica for a murder he claims he didn't commit. Rune can't say exactly why, but she's sure he's innocent. If she can prove it, Current Events won't merely report the news, it'll make news -- and Rune's career.

But what she could be writing is Randy Boggs's epitaph -- and her own. Rune's newly discovered witness soon turns up dead. A hit man from Miami is on Rune's trail, and Boggs is finding prison even more dangerous than before. Someone wants this story killed, and it could be the girl with the camera who ends up on the cutting room floor.

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From Publishers Weekly

Rune, the shrewd and spunky heroine of Manhattan Is My Beat , returns with a new job as a camerawoman for a local TV news station, but she still believes in magic and lives by her own rules. Rune thinks that Randy Boggs, convicted killer of network news head Lance Hopper, is innocent, and she persuades network dragon lady Piper Sutton, the country's top news anchor, to let her investigate and produce a segment on the murder. Endearing, with lots of moxie but no experience, Rune learns the hard way as she blunders through the world of big-time investigative reporting, making mistakes and trusting the wrong people. She also has to act as a mother to her flaky friend Claire's three-year-old, Ophelia, when Claire runs off to Boston in search of a better life. Deaver's background as a journalist helps him to vivify the competitive, even back-stabbing caste system of network news and to successfully depict the tedium as well as the excitement a reporter experiences when breaking a major story. He writes with clarity, compassion and intelligence, and with a decidedly human and contemporary slant.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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After viewing a video of a convicted murderer, houseboat dwelling Rune ( Death of a Blue Movie Star , Bantam, 1990) decides the man is innocent; she then convinces her employer, Network News, to sponsor her investigation. Why Rune believes what she does remains inexplicable, which necessitates a great deal of persuasion on her (and the author's) part. Ultimately, Rune finds herself mixed up with the convict, her bosses, and a cute three-year-old. Despite its extended exposition, this tale of a news scoop gone wrong should appeal to fans.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fire From the Gods June 7 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rune is simply wonderful. I love her to pieces. She's quirky, fun, naive in childlike way, and just a wonderfully likeable character.
The Rune books are not the deepest books you will find. Nor are they the most exciting and thrilling. (Although they are quite.) But, they are quite atmospheric tales of New York and complex crime.
They are quirky, immense fun to read, and light hearted. Don't take them too seriously (this is what most people do with their reading...they take it far too seriously. Which spoils what would otherwise be enjoyable fiction.) and you will really relish them.
The plots are complex, the twists completely unguessable. (As is the norm with Deaver.) He is currently my favourite writer, and these little gems from the past only further convince me of the fact that he is probably the best storyteller i have come across in a very long time. Great characters, great plot, stunning writing. (I adore his style.)
If you like quirky, fun, lighthearted books with a tense edge, his Rune series is definitely for you. (I hope he ressurects her in the near future for a fourth novel.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good fun March 17 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the bonuses of Deaver's current success is that some of his previously out-of-print books have been put back in print and are now accessible to a wider audience. I thought that "Hard News" was very entertaining, even though I don't find Deaver's earlier work as good as his more recent, nor his Rune series as good as Lincoln Rhyme. Deaver has depicted Rune expertly, making her personality so vividly clear that her ditzy behaviour actually grates as it would in real life (the restaurant scene is particularly memorable).
Rune's adventures are always fun; Deaver seems to let himself go more and throws out some immensely amusing one-liners that do not seem to appear as often in the more sober Lincoln Rhyme series. Several had me chuckling out loud. He also manages to throw in his signature snippy/school-marmy grammar lesson, this time quite early on in the book. And as with all his works, you can't guess the ending unless you throw in at least three major surprises/plot changes -- a device still fun even after reading nearly ten of his books.
All in all, good fun reading for a plane or train trip.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE RETURN OF RUNE March 4 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
HARD NEWS is the third in a series of Deaver novels centering around the character of Rune. In this chapter Rune has made some progress and is working as a camera person for a local news affiliate. She receives a letter from a man in prison detailing not only his innocence but the dangers that surround him where he is. The emotional Rune makes his case her own personal crusade and pitches the story to a national news program. The problem is that the prisoner was convicted of murdering the former president of the same news network. Some high power people greenlight the story but it seems unknown forces are out to sabotage Rune's attempt at investigative journalism. As with any Deaver mystery there are twists and turns and there is more to the story than even Rune imagined.
The plot of the story lags at first but picks up in a big way half way through the book. Rune's character is a bit more interesting in this novel than in the past two. She seems to have developed some strength and isnt quite as whimsical. Deaver even lays off the more often than not romantic plot line on this one. The result in a more interesting book throughout. While the ending is not the most original in terms of mystery fiction, it is also not as transparent as some prior attempts. The book held my interest throughout and was well worth the read. Hopefully with his recent success Deaver will see fit to resurrect the Rune series. An exciting four star read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read...Deaver is a master storyteller Jan. 16 2001
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A friend turned me on to Jeffery Deaver a few years ago when he loaned me a copy of The Bone Collector. I flew through it in one day and was hooked. I love it when I find an author that blows me away and then find out that he has written much more. I headed for the bookstores to grab all the Deaver books I could...Praying for Sleep and A Maiden's Grave were particularly good and after I devoured all the books I could find in print I was disappointed to discover that there were more out there that I couldn't read. My local library had Death of a Blue Movie Star...but none of the others. It was great to see that Deaver's current success is allowing fans to see his early work again. I bought Hard News last night and read the whole thing today. Rune is a great character and the story has the typical Deaver twists and turns. The best thing about this short series is that Rune seems to be growing as a character and I truly hope Deaver brings us another Rune mystery. If you haven't read Deaver's books, this is a great place to start. If you have, you'll love the early work just as much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another fun "Rune" mystery July 13 2000
Format:Hardcover
I was lucky to stumble on this early, out-of-print novel by Jeffery Deavern at a used-book store; however, I understand that, this sequel to "Manhattan is My Beat" is being re-released shortly.
Like "Manhattan," this non-traditional murder-mystery features Rune, a young, headstrong and determined woman. She is no longer works at a video store, but has landed a job as a cameraperson in a network's New York local station. She becomes convinced that a condemned murdered has been falsely convicted and, in turn, convinces the network's newsmagazine, "Current Events," to allow her to produce the story. This proves far more complicated than she had anticipated.
If you liked "Manhattan is My Beat," you will like this one. Although I found portions a bit predictable, there are some great new characters, and the book kept me up late as I could not put it down.
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