Friday, August 28, 2009

Air Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan

Welcome back, Charlie McNally! Hank Phillippi Ryan brings back Charlotte McNally in Air Time. Boston's award-winning investigative reporter is always willing to go undercover for a news story, but this time, it just might affect her relationship with Professor Josh Gelston, and his daughter. For the first time, Charlie has to think about someone else's safety and needs when she digs into a gritty story.

And, Charlie's latest one could be a blockbuster story. Women would just die to own a designer purse, but, when they can't, there are always knock-offs. With the help of her producer, Franklin, Charlie's going undercover to purse parties, visiting designers, and facing her worst fear, flying. Purses shouldn't be dangerous, but there's an on-going investigation by the FBI and the Massachusetts state police.

Other than Franklin, is there anyone Charlie can really trust in this investigation? As the Special Agent in Charge says, it's a deadly business. "We're following big money. International smuggling. Child labor. Legitimate companies ripped off for millions."

There's so much to admire in Charlie McNally. She's a strong, independent, gutsy woman. Here's how she sees herself. "I help people. I track down criminals and confront corrupt politicians. Make the world a better place. I've devoted the last twenty-some years to being a good guy." But, it's a dangerous job. And Charlie's just starting to realize that when she puts herself in danger, she might also be endangering Josh, and her best chance for love.

Hank Phillippi Ryan takes readers inside the business of news investigation. Air Time is a fast-paced, intriguing story of a tough investigative reporter. It's also the warm story of a woman learning to love. But, first, Charlie has to survive a deadly undercover story, bringing it to the air, and bringing herself home to Josh. Air Time could be Charlie McNally's killer story, in more ways than one.

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Air Time by Hank Phillippi Ryan. Mira, ©2009. ISBN 9780778327196 (paperback), 280p.


Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I love the idea behind this book. The fact that she's an investigative reporter means that she's automatically tough and smart--great traits for a protagonist.

Mystery Writing is Murder

Lesa said...

That character summary fits Charlie and her author, Elizabeth. I like both of them.

cindy.maher said...

Oh good! I'm so glad that her new book is finally available. I loved the first two.

Lesa said...

Available this week, Cindy. You'll like this one, too.

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Thanks, Lesa! What a lovely and thoughtful review...!

I never know if its politically correct to say thank you to a reviewer..but in this case, I jut can't resist.

And Elizabeth and're the icing on the delicious cake. Thank you!

xoxox Hank

Lesa said...

Hi Hank!

It never bothers me when an author says thank you. Thank you for everything you did for that week. I'll pass on the winners in the Prime Time Contest tomorrow night.

Thank you for everything!