RARA-AVIS: Re: Hardboiled Journalists

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 10 Jan 2006

Although it's not prose fiction, a case could be made that the whole sub-genre of hard-boiled, crime-solving journalists began in the stage play THR FRONT PAGE by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, in which Hildy Johnson exposes three acts worth of crooked cops, corrupt politicians, and judicial chicanery when all he wants to do is quit the newspaper game and get married.

R.R. Irvine, who write a pretty good PI series about a fallen-away Mormon who operates an agency in Salt Lake City, started out with a series of PBO's about an investigative reporter at a TV station named (IIRC) Bob Christopher.

The hero of Dick Francis's FORFEIT is a sports reporter who uncovers a race-fixing scheme and gets the bad guys on his case as a result of his exposes. Francis was a sportswriter himself in between being the world's greatest steeplechase jockey and a mystery writer.

James Patterson's THE THOMAS BERRYMAN NUMBER, another Edgar winner, also features an investigative political reporter. It's probably his best book, but also his least successful.


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