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The Paperboy (Paperback)

Author:  Pete Dexter
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0385315724
ISBN-13: 9780385315722
Sku: 30054899
Publish Date: 2/1/1996
Pages:  336
 
The sun was rising over Moat County, Florida, when Sheriff Thurmond Call was found on the highway, gutted like an alligator. A local redneck was tried, sentenced, and set to fry.
Then Ward James, hotshot investigative reporter for the "Miami Times, returns to his rural hometown with a death row femme fatale who promises him the story of the decade. She's armed with explosive evidence, aiming to free--and meet--her convicted "fiancU."
With Ward's disillusioned younger brother Jack as their driver, they barrel down Florida's back roads and seamy places in search of The Story, racing flat out into a shocking head-on collision between character and fate as truth takes a back seat to headline news...
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The sun was rising over Moat County, Florida, when Sheriff Thurmond Call was found on the highway, gutted like an alligator. A local redneck was tried, sentenced, and set to fry. Then Ward James, hotshot investigative reporter for the Miami Times, returns to his rural hometown with a death row femme fatale who promises him the story of the decade. Shes armed with explosive evidence, aiming to free--and meet--her convicted "fiance." With Wards disillusioned younger brother Jack as their driver, they barrel down Florida's back roads and seamy places in search of The Story, racing flat out into a shocking head-on collision between character and fate as truth takes a back seat to headline news...Ward James, son of a newspaper family, has himself entered into the hard-driven, hard-drinking profession as an intense and determined young reporter in Miami. When the death of a legendary sheriff brings Ward home to northern Florida, his younger brother Jack, the book's narrator, tags along as a witness to this grisly murder investigation.The sun was rising over Moat County, Florida, when Sheriff Thurmond Call was found on the highway, gutted like an alligator.  A local redneck was tried, sentenced, and set to fry.

Then Ward James, hotshot investigative reporter for the Miami Times, returns to his rural hometown with a death row femme fatale who promises him the story of the decade.  She's armed with explosive evidence, aiming to free--and meet--her convicted "fiancÚ."

With Ward's disillusioned younger brother Jack as their driver, they barrel down Florida's back roads and seamy places in search of The Story, racing flat out into a shocking head-on collision between character and fate as truth takes a back seat to headline news...
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Two sons are born to a father who publishes a county newspaper in northern Florida. Ward becomes a reporter in Miami, but Jack, the narrator, cannot and will not follow. Kicked out of college, he comes home to drive a delivery truck for his father. Ward then also returns, accompanied by an opportunistic fellow reporter named Yardley, as well as a young woman in love with a man who has been condemned to death for killing the local sheriff. She has convinced Ward and Yardley that they should re-investigate his case and free him. The truth of what they discover is as absorbing as it is devastating.

Praise

New York Times Book Review
"'The Paperboy' is an eerie and beautiful novel. Its secrets continue to reveal themselves long after the book has been finished." - Brent Staples

Literary Review
"More questions than answers in Dexter's fine novel, which succeeds brilliantly in disturbing, filtering and, at length, illuminating waters most comfortingly kept still." July 1995

Good Book Guide
"Treachery, ambition, lust, degradation, a great uncompromising storyteller, a book to haunt the mind." June/1996

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0336
Product attributePublisher:   Delta
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