Death with Honors

Ron Nessen, Author, Johanna Neuman, Joint Author Forge $22.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-312-85594-9
This lackluster addition to the series starring liberal Washington Post reporter Jane Day and her lover, right-wing radio talk-show host Jerry Knight (Knight and Day; Press Corpse), centers around the murder of a veteran actress about to receive a Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement in entertainment. Jane is writing a profile on the honoree, Carla Caldwell, a left-wing feminist who stood up to Senator McCarthy decades ago. At a small ceremony at the White House, the actress publicly protests the current president's reprimand of the film industry for its emphasis on violence and sex, suggesting his stance slights the First Amendment. The actress's dramatic protest riles conservatives in politics, religion and art, including Jerry, while rallying a like assemblage of liberals. When her body is discovered in her Kennedy Center dressing room the night of the gala event, D.C. homicide detective A.L. Jones gets the case and, feeling out the dead woman's milieu, asks Jane and Jerry to help. They unearth much of interest in Carla's past, including a daughter whose unidentified father might be a famous conservative politician. Readers will likely catch on to the culprit's identity early, leaving unsolved a bigger mystery: why an intelligent, savvy woman like Jane wastes her time on the thoroughly unlikable Jerry. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/30/1998
Release date: 04/01/1998
Mass Market Paperbound - 288 pages - 978-0-8125-7791-4
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7861-1534-1
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