I enjoyed reading Joe Gale's mystery solving escapade. The reader was kept involved in the story throughout the book without having to endure too many details on scene setting and character building.
A high profile murder in Machias, Maine has newspaper reporter Joe Gale who was assigned to report on the case reeking with corruption of sorts, from the community already painting a guilty verdict on the defendant to even the prosecutor having connections with the family.
Joe Gale is a newspaper reporter for the Portland Daily Chronicle is in Machias, Maine to report on the murder case of Frank O'Rourke. This is a high profile case as Frank's elder brother - Edmond J. O’Rourke’s the Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives. Frank had been killed previous May, he was stabbed to death by a fisherman, Danny Boothby who whilst investigating a child neglect case. Frank had been investigating Danny in which there were claims that his twelve-year old daughter was being neglected. Joe Gale is facing an uphill battle in covering this murder case from the residents, folks in high profile positions and even senior management at the Portland Daily Chronicle. However, Joe stuck to his mission and was able to report on the actual truth about this murder case.
Maine newspaper reporter Joe Gale is at his best when covering the crime beat for the Portland Daily Chronicle. In the dead of winter he heads Downeast to cover the murder trial of fisherman Danny Boothby, charged with burying a filleting knife in the chest of politically well-connected social worker Frank O’Rourke.
O’Rourke held a thankless job in a hard place. Many locals found him arrogant, but say he didn’t deserve to die. Others whisper that O’Rourke got himself killed through his own rogue behavior.
After Joe’s hard-nosed reporting provokes someone to run him off an isolated road, he realizes his life depends on figuring out not only who committed the murder, but who’s stalking him—O’Rourke’s prominent brother, friends or enemies of the dead social worker or members of Boothby’s family. As he digs deeper, Joe uncovers enough secrets and lies to fill a cemetery. He'll have to solve this one fast…or his next headline may be his own obituary.