Charlotte McNally is a 46 year old multiple Emmy Award winning TV investigative reporter on
Channel 3 news in Boston. She must come up with a dynamic story for sweeps week to keep Channel
3 as the most popular Massachusetts TV station. She is worried about the precarious nature of
her profession and whether she would be replaced by a younger woman at half her salary. She has
to come up with a bigger story than ever.
That story comes when she interviews Melanie, wife of Bradley Foreman, employed in the
accounting department of Aztra Pharmaceuticals. Bradley was killed when his car went off the
road in the rain. Melanie wants the accident investigated, thinking Bradley was involved with
something about the company. Checking emails from Bradley leads Charlie and her producer,
Franklin, to several men with whom Bradley was communicating in an effort to track SEC fraud.
One of the men is handsome college English professor Josh Gelston, who becomes very helpful,
thereby raising Charlie's suspicions. Several of the men Bradley had contacted die in
circumstances suspiciously like Bradley's. Charlie's investigations result in uncovering a
multi-million dollar fraud involving insider trading. There are more murders before the
surprising perpetrators are revealed.
There is a new kid on the block, Charlotte McNally. Not a kid, but a 40-plus year old
woman... savvy, resourceful, witty with a sense of humor, at the top of her profession,
dedicated to getting the story, and blessed with a capable, likeable staff. Her relationship
with her producer, Franklin, is a perfect working partnership. And then there is that college
professor. Can we hope to read more of their relationship in what has to be another book soon?
Prime Time is a delightful, quick read. The author brings to the book her own
impressive experience as an investigative reporter, giving us an insiders' view of the world
of TV reporting. You are drawn into that world as if you are there.