Hard News (Rune Series #3)

Hard News (Rune Series #3)

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by Jeffery Deaver
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Provides an excellent feel for the TV news industry. The plot twists are truly surprising. Totally recommended."
The Drood Review of Mystery

"Deaver is a master of ticking-bomb suspense!"
People

"Deaver will immobilize you with his deviousness!"
Rocky Mountain News

"Rune is a breath of fresh air."
Booklist

"Peerless entertainment."
Kirkus Reviews

Don't miss Jeffery Deaver's other gripping novels featuring his unforgettable heroine:

Rune
"[Rune] is a breath of fresh air!"
Booklist

Manhattan Is My Beat
"Highly original and very entertaining."
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine

Death of a Blue Movie Star
"Innovative and entertaining...truly an original."
The Drood Review of Mystery

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The Lesson of Her Death
Mistress of Justice
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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. ( Dec. )
Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553583298
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Series:
Rune Series, #3
Edition description:
BANTAM REVISED
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
258,179
Product dimensions:
6.98(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Hard News (Rune Series #3) 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm one of the biggest Deaver fans, however this book was hard for me to read because it was right down boring. I forced myself to read the entire book, but I feel that it was a waste of my time. On the other hand, I believe that some teenagers would relate to, and enjoy this book. I have read all of Deaver's books, and this is the only one that let me down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Jeffery Deaver's books, but I was disappointed with 'Hard News'. I liked the Rune character but the story is not a page-turner.