August 9, 2012 / ISBN 978-0615682136
by Dennis Collins
is the oldest reporter at the Bay City Blade in Bay City, Michigan.
Although he's only forty-nine the younger guys refer to him as "The
Fossil," a man bypassed by technology. Nick is given the seemingly
menial task of writing an obituary for Robert Johnson, a popular
high school principal who died of a sudden heart attack while enjoying
a meal with his family. He responds to the snickering of the other
reporters by saying that even though it's only an obit, his story
will be "anything but ordinary."
When Nick stops
by the victim's house to pick up a photograph of the deceased, he
is struck by the beauty of Tanya, the man's older daughter and although
he's twelve years her senior he feels an immediate attraction. It
soon becomes obvious that the feeling is mutual.
the obituary Nick remembers that George Pepadowski, the school superintendent
suffered a similar fate a while back. Thinking that he might link
the two stories as a human interest piece, Nick sets out to do a
feature on just how much of a loss that these two community-minded
men represents in the educational system. As he looks into their
lives, Nick finds many shared traits and goals. He also uncovers
the fact that both men were prominent in the school system when
a student committed suicide after having an affair with one of the
high school teachers. The teacher was never prosecuted because of
a hush-up policy initiated by Charlie Joselyn, the school board
president. The deeper Nick digs into the story, the more suspicious
the deaths of the two school administrators becomes and evidence
points to Josleyn as the next possible victim. But Joselyn is uncooperative
and confrontational. He resents Nick's intrusion and uses his influence
to try to get Nick fired.
The story twists
and turns as it moves on with surprises lurking around every corner.
This is a great
book spiked with just the right amount of humor with a little romance
thrown in. Vizard, a former newspaper editor, knows how a newsroom
works and paints a vivid picture that imbeds in your mind. Lots
of stars on this one.