by Jane Blackwood

December 2004
ISBN: 0-8217-7616-9
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Mass Market Paperback

New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Harry Crandall is recruited to come and take over the running of a small town paper. Upon his arrival he promptly fires three of the paperís long time reporters leaving the rest of the staff guessing who will be the next in line for a pink slip and the unemployment lines.

Editor Jamie McLane is encouraged by her fellow employees to get close to Harry and find out why a man with his credentials is hiding out in this small town doing a job that he is obviously over qualified for. When a joke headline runs on the front page by mistake as the paperís editor Jamie gets a one on one meeting with the difficult Harry. Will the mistake cost this hard working editor her job or is it something Harry is willing to overlook?

With its catchy title, A Hard Man Is Good To Find, Jane Blackwoodís second novel drew me in but it just didnít have that something special to keep me riveted throughout. The reader does get an interesting look at the newspaper business in this novel. The main characters however didnít seem to have that spark and chemistry about them that keeps me turning pages until the satisfying end of a great book.

A Hard Man Is Good To Find was a pleasant enough read and it does have its moments but overall I was left a bit disappointed. Especially when compared to the authorís first novel which I thought was outstanding. I am by no means writing this author off as she does show amazing talent, for this reviewer however this one just fell short of my expectations.

Reviewed in January 2005 by Barbara.

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