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Spider Season: A Benjamin Justice Novel
     

Spider Season: A Benjamin Justice Novel

by John Morgan Wilson
 

In Spider Season by John Morgan Wilson, Benjamin Justice was once one of the most prominent and respected journalists in Los Angeles, even the country. But when it was discovered that he'd invented the sources for his Pulitzer Prize winning series of articles, he lost everything - his job, his reputation, his friends. Now, many years later, Justice has

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In Spider Season by John Morgan Wilson, Benjamin Justice was once one of the most prominent and respected journalists in Los Angeles, even the country. But when it was discovered that he'd invented the sources for his Pulitzer Prize winning series of articles, he lost everything - his job, his reputation, his friends. Now, many years later, Justice has finally published a memoir revealing the truth behind the events that cost him so much and made him permanently radioactive in the journalism community. And this book may be his last chance to turn things around, to make a living writing as he'd always wanted.
But his memoir brings out more than the truth - it brings out long-forgotten , long hidden ghosts from his past. And Justice finds himself, and everyone/everything he holds dear under attack.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

In Edgar-winner Wilson's solid eighth Benjamin Justice novel (after 2006's Rhapsody in Blood), two characters come out of the woodwork after the disgraced West Hollywood reporter publishes a revealing memoir: Lance, a young ex-marine bent on instigating a fight with Benjamin, and Jason Holt, a manipulative middle-aged man with a zealous interest in spiders. Shamed years earlier after his Pulitzer Prize was rescinded because he made up his sources, Benjamin struggles to untangle these two figures' mysterious ties to him. Meanwhile, he has to deal with a former rival reporter, the unscrupulous Cathryn Conroy, who's intent on digging up more truth than he chose to admit in his book. Wilson gives his dynamic hero a laundry list of self-destructive behaviors to work out, but the scenes in which Benjamin confronts either Jason, Lance or Cathryn appear in a systematic rotation for too long before they advance the story. (Dec.)

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Kirkus Reviews

Disgraced journalist Benjamin Justice, who treats so many of his cases (Rhapsody in Blood, 2006, etc.) as if they're all about him, finally gets one that is.

Long before he returned his Pulitzer for fabricating information in an AIDS feature, Benjamin Justice had already made news as the 17-year-old who shot his father to death when he caught him raping Benjamin's sister. Now he's written Deep Background, a memoir that lays bare the most unsavory facts of his life. But evidently not bare enough for everyone. Justice's longtime professional rival, bulldog freelance reporter Cathryn Conroy, is sniffing around every source in West Hollywood in an attempt to tarnish Justice even further. Never-been actor Jason Holt is sending Justice vicious anonymous postcards and following them up with nasty phone calls. And a skinhead biker is stalking Justice, lurking outside his meetings and sitting in his restored Mustang but mysteriously refusing to attack him, even when Justice, always ready to get physical, throws the first punch. Justice's attempts to look beyond his budding romance with ex-priest Ismael Aragon to the trouble his book has stirred up eventually reopen the case of an accidental death ten years ago, but the mystery is so perfunctory, transparent and poorly integrated that it's much less interesting than Justice's endless struggle with the demons from his past.

Just the thing for fans who want to hear Justice reading extended passages from Deep Background at bookstores, including an audience limited to a single dozing homeless man who provokes deep sympathy.

Agent: Alice Martell/Alice Martell Agency

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466856073
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Series:
Benjamin Justice Series , #8
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
374 KB

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John Morgan Wilson is the author of several novels in the Benjamin Justice series as well as two co-written books with band leader Peter Duchin. He's the winner of the Edgar Award and three-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for the Benjamin Justice novels. He lives in West Hollywood, CA.


John Morgan Wilson is the author of several novels in the Benjamin Justice series as well as two co-written books with band leader Peter Duchin. He's the winner of the Edgar Award and three-time winner of the Lambda Literary Award for the Benjamin Justice novels. He lives in West Hollywood, CA.

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