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The Deadline by [Franscell, Ron]
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"Ron Franscell has undeniably hit his mark. His masterful storytelling strikes hard at the heart. It leaves his readers stunned one moment and tenderly moved the next. ... a brilliant and engaging blend of fast-paced suspense, painstaking prose and characters so real they could drive down southbound I-25." -- Denver Post "An impressive debut that will keep you on the edge of your seat!" -- San Francisco Chronicle "Full of well-drawn human relationships that make the reader care about Morgan and the people who cross his path, but Franscell's second book has healthy doses of crime, death, destruction, violence, sex and page-turning action to go along with its terrific characterizations." -- Rapid City (SD) Journal "What separates Franscell from the rest of a large pack of mystery writers is the sheer quality of his writing. ... When you add writing that flows smooth and runs deep, like a proud old river, you have something different: A mystery novel that transcends and separates itself from all the others." --Publisher's Auxiliary "The Deadline is a masterfully woven mystery, filled with colorful characters." -- Charlotte Austin Review "[Franscell] makes us entirely forget that we've been down this road many times. As a bonus, he packs the novel with plenty of fascinating details about the newspaper business. A nice little sleeper of a mystery that deserves a wide audience." -- Booklist

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Over the years, Ron Franscell’s books have earned high praise from bestselling authors such as Ann Rule, John Lescroart, Vincent Bugliosi, C.J. Box, Howard Frank Mosher, and Warren Adler. His writing has been compared to Truman Capote, Robert Olen Butler, Norman McLean, Cormac McCarthy and Charles Frazier. Now, meet the author. Ron grew up in Wyoming. A lifelong journalist, he worked for newspapers in Wyoming, New Mexico and California’s Bay Area before hitting the road in one of American journalism’s best beats, covering the evolution of the American West as a senior writer for the Denver Post. Shortly after 9/11, he was dispatched by the Post to cover the Middle East during the first few months of the Afghan war. In 2004, he became the managing editor for the Beaumont (TX) Enterprise, where he covered the devastation of Hurricane Rita from inside the storm. He now lives in San Antonio, Texas. His book reviews and essays are regularly published in many of America’s biggest and best newspapers, such as the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, San Jose Mercury-News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and others. He has been a guest on CNN, Fox News, NPR, the Today Show, ABC News, and other major broadcast outlets all over America. And he appears regularly on crime documentaries at Investigation Discovery, History Channel, and A&E. Ron’s debut novel, ANGEL FIRE, was published by Laughing Owl in 1998, and reprinted by Berkley (Penguin/Putnam) in 2000. Soon after, it was listed by the San Francisco Chronicle among the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century West (No. 74, in fact). His popular mystery, THE DEADLINE, was published in 1999, followed by a sequel, THE OBITUARY. While Reporting for the Denver Post, Ron Franscell was dispatched to the Middle East to write about the early days of the War on Terror While reporting for the Denver Post, Ron Franscell was dispatched to the Middle East to write about the early days of the War on Terror And THE DARKEST NIGHT (also titled FALL in a 2007 hardcover) continues to be a bestselling true crime. This intensely personal nonfiction about a monstrous crime that touched his life as a child has been hailed by authors such as Ann Rule and Vincent Bugliosi, as well as critics, as a direct literary descendant of Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.”

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 927 KB
  • Print Length: 334 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WildBlue Press (2 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00P6MU9RQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #589,180 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
I received this book via Story Cartel to give an honest review.

After reading the blurb I knew that this book was going to be a good one. The book starts off strong and keeps going until the end. I honestly had no clue who the murderer was until it was pointed out and I enjoy that in a book that is full of mystery and suspense.

When the book starts off you are witnessing the murder of a little Indian girl, and then we precede to having Gilmartin confessing to the crime. But the question you end up asking yourself later on is did he really commit the crime? Gilmartin comes back to the little town where this tragedy happened and he asks Jefferson Morgan to look into clearing his name, being as Morgan is editor of the local newspaper. Of course Morgan knows that a majority of cons always say they are innocent but there is a chance that Gilmartin may be telling the truth. But what Morgan uncovers is something that will causes the town to have him not looking into the past. What is being hidden?

Morgan races against time to find the truth as to what happened to Aimee. But will he find out before Gilmartin dies, or before he loses everything that he has built up for himself and his wife.
You want a good mystery book, then I say get this one! This is a new author for me and I am already liking his work so I do believe I will be checking out more of his books to see if the writing is just as good.
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Format: Paperback
Jefferson Morgan has returned to the town of his youth as an experienced journalist from Chicago as the proud new owner of the local newspaper. Suffering from money troubles and dealing with the constant battle of meeting the deadline for print, he is contacted by an old man recently released from prison for child murder. This man insists he is innocent and wants Morgan to prove it before the old man dies so that he can die a free man.

The story is set in America and contains many phrases and styles that are typical of the area in which it is set and I found this off-putting at first because, being British, I could not understand what was being said, but it did not distract from the story and after I was past the first couple of chapters, I was involved.

It is not a fast-paced thriller, but a sense of suspense is built gradually and I am kept guessing all the way. The scenes were described with care and detail, although one of my two criticisms is that the reporters on the paper were only ever mentioned as “reporters”. We never get to know anything about them, as if they are superfluous to the story. I would have liked to see a connection with Morgan and his reporters, as he had with other people on his team. The second was the way in which a previously solved murder of a woman was described using what I felt unnecessary violent detail. For me this added nothing and was not at all relevant to the story.

I did enjoy the book and would read another by Ron Franscell.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Incredible. I enjoyed the familiarity, the characters and setting. I read this is one sitting, I even Googled the geographic locations.I felt at home. My generation, and all we experienced, an interesting recent history.I loved the descriptions , especially Miss Oneida's garden ,the country, and the small town. I was sad to finish it,tonight.*****
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A dying convict’s last request thrusts small-town newspaperman Jefferson Morgan into a deadly maelstrom as he explores a fifty-year-old case of child murder — a wound his town still isn’t ready to scrape open. Under the heaviest deadline of his life, and amid threats from unexpected foes, Morgan must struggle with his own conscience to tell a story no matter the consequences, dig deep into the town’s past, and unveil a killer who’s managed to remain hidden in plain sight for almost 50 years.
This book is, at its heart, a great story, really well told. Each character is finely drawn and believable. The reader roots for Jeff as he struggles to keep his newspaper going, cope with the death of his young son and keep his beleaguered wife happy. Ron Franscell is a great story teller. The pace is excellent, the twists believable and the plot sweeps you onward from beginning to end. A great read from a great author.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher via Netgalley.
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