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The Evening News: A Novel

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Cold-blooded politics, naked power, and raw terror behind the scenes. Murder in New York, terror in South America, bloody riots in Eastern Europe. That's the evening news as calmly reported by top TV anchorman Crawford Sloane. . .until his own life is torn apart in one dramatic moment. For when terrorists snatch his family, no one knows better than Sloane how slim are the chances of getting them back alive. Now their fate depends on Sloane's rival, ace reporter Harry Partridge; on a beautiful and ruthless network...
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Overview

Cold-blooded politics, naked power, and raw terror behind the scenes. Murder in New York, terror in South America, bloody riots in Eastern Europe. That's the evening news as calmly reported by top TV anchorman Crawford Sloane. . .until his own life is torn apart in one dramatic moment. For when terrorists snatch his family, no one knows better than Sloane how slim are the chances of getting them back alive. Now their fate depends on Sloane's rival, ace reporter Harry Partridge; on a beautiful and ruthless network CEO, and on Sloane's determination to track the kidnappers down—from New York to Columbia to the Peruvian Andes and a final heart-stopping climax of danger and death.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In his first book in six years, Hailey ( Airport ; Hotel ; etc.) links the infamous Medellin drug cartel with the violent revolutionaries of Sendero Luminoso --``the Shining Path''--a Maoist terrorist group that in this scorcher kidnaps the family of CBA-TV news anchor Crawford Sloane. After a slow, creaky start, and despite a pasteboard cast of guerillas who shoot off more stilted phrases than bullets, the story moves with speed and heat as Crawford's valiant wife Jessica, her young son Nicky and flinty father-in-law are smuggled in coffins to Peru, then marched to a steaming, remote jungle village. Back in the States, heavy-weight correspondent Harry Partridge, Jessica's old lover, spearheads an investigation that the network's slimy parent company, Globanic Industries, tries to hamper. Gripping behind-the-scenes action at CBA-TV and a vivid primer on terrorist tactics pepper the boiling pot. Credibility gaps in the final chapters are paved over by sheer, reckless drama. Literary Guild main selection; Reader's Digest Condensed Book Club selection. (Apr.)
Library Journal
For years superstar anchorman Crawford Sloane and legendary correspondent Harry Partridge have been professional and personal rivals: yet it is to Partridge that Sloane turns when the woman they both love, Sloane's wife, is kidnapped by terrorists. This latest offering from Arthur Hailey, his first novel since Strong Medicine (LJ 10/15/84), follows the winning formula that has made his previous books best sellers. By pairing exhaustive, penetrating research with an exciting and taut story, Hailey gives us a fresh behind-the-scenes look at a complex and topical industry. So what if characterization is not one of Hailey's strengths, or if it's hard to swallow the coincidence that a rich, suburban housewife who gets kidnapped just happens to have taken lessons in CQB (close quarters battle) classes that sure come in handy in captivity. A winner just the same. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 12/89 . -- Lydia Burruel Johnson, Mesa P.L., Ariz.
School Library Journal
``We interrupt our regular programming to bring you a special report. . . police . . . have reported the apparent kidnapping of the wife, young son, and father of CBA news anchorman Crawford Sloane'' summarizes the plot of this exciting novel. Readers will feel a part of the team of CBA staffers who become detectives in the exciting race to rescue the family from ruthless Colombian terrorists rather than give into their demands for free air time. Readers also witness life with the captives--both the brutal and the kinder moments. In typical, well-researched Hailey fashion, the behind-the-scenes world in the news department of the network is realistically brought to life. Italicized flashbacks present background that develops the characters more fully. The length of the novel may prevent many students from picking it up, but those who do will find an action-filled adventure that's hard to put down. The novel may also appeal to students interested in electronic journalism as a career; in addition to depicting newsroom life, the book will open their eyes to both the close camaraderie and the bitter conflicts that can exist in a large organization. --Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385504249
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 580
  • Sales rank: 956,381
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2002

    Brilliant Thriller

    This book was first published in 1990. Post 11/09 the reader aptly wonders at the stark realism in the words of Crawford Sloane, a leading character in the novel ¿ ¿The day is not far away when terrorism reaches the shores of our own homeland¿. As is the characteristics of Arthur Hailey thrillers, the plot revolves round a particular industry ¿ this time the news media. Once again, Arthur Hailey brings out in his inimitable style the day to day operations in the industry and the lives of people that revolve round it. Crawford Sloane is CBA-TV's most celebrated and popular newscaster, who has climbed up the ladder all the way from his days as a journalist in the Vietnam War. He is an idealist who strongly believes that the US policy in dealing with internatio0nal terrorism is wrong. He strongly argues against encouraging terrorism by paying ransoms. When Crawford Sloanes wife, son and father are kidnapped, by the dreaded Peruvian terrorist group Sendero Luminoso (The Shining Path) CBA News decides to set up a task force of their own, led by Harry Partridge, friend and colleague of Crawford Sloane from the days of Vietnam War. For Harry, this is more than just a mission. It is the only chance to save his the love of his life - Jessica, Crawford's wife. Will Harry succeed in saving the lives of the kidnapped? Will Crawford Sloane give in to the demands of the kidnappers, against his life long philosophies? A tightly woven plot and a nail biting finish makes this book a very interesting reading. A must recommended for Arthur Hailey fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2001

    Haven't read a book by him for years!

    Picked this up in nostalgic moment, remembering his older book Airport. Don't know why I haven't kept up with him, because his novels remain intense, informative and enjoyable from start to finish....moral issues and power of the press thought provoking. Another good one from an author that has been around for years.

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