The Fly on the Wall

The Fly on the Wall

Book - 1990
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Ace reporter John Cotton is a fly on the wall -- seeing all, hearing all, and keeping out of sight. But the game changes when he finds his best friend's corpse sprawled on the marble floor of the central rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. Suddenly Cotton knows too much about a scandal centered around a senatorial candidate, a million-dollar scam, and a murder. And he hears the pursuing footsteps of powerful people who have something to hide ... and a willingness to kill to keep their secrets hidden.

Publisher: New York : Harper Paperbacks, 1990, c1971
ISBN: 9780061000287
Characteristics: 353 p. ; 18 cm


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Mar 17, 2018

I really enjoyed this book. Yes, it's a bit dated and it's not a western- the story takes place around 50 years ago, when the newspaper business was still very alive and competitive.

Nevertheless, it's a hard-to-put-down complex mystery that involves government corruption, politics, the newspaper business, and of course, a love interest (once you get past the first few pages). I also enjoyed seeing the main character's hard-boiled superficial character evolving and finding his heart once again.

4 1/2 stars because for me, 5 stars are reserved for truly special books.

Jan 25, 2017

This is a standalone novel, NOT related to the 18 books in the Leaphorn/Chee Navajo series.

Nov 25, 2014

Reprint of 1971 publication.


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