Black River by G.M. Ford
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There is no stronger argument for the death penalty than Nicholas Balagula, the bloodthirsty West Coast crime boss who has been charged with sixty-three counts of homicide, many of them children. And now reclusive rogue journalist Frank Corso -- the only non-participant invited to observe the closed court proceedings -- stands uncomfortably in the center of the most crazed media circus to hit Seattle in years . . . until a personal tragedy diverts his attention. When photojournalist Meg Dougherty -- once Corso's lover and still his dearest friend -- comes face-to-face with a pair of cold-blooded executioners and ends up clinging weakly to life in the I.C.U., the angry lone-wolf reporter vows to make all the guilty parties pay, by his own hand if necessary. But the black river of lies, secrets, corruption, and murder surrounding both the Balagula trial and Meg's "accident" is much deeper and more dangerous than even Frank Corso anticipated. And if he wades in over his head, the undertow could drag him to his death.


About G.M. Ford

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G.M. Ford is the author of six widely praised Frank Corso novels, Fury, Black River, A Blind Eye, Red Tide, No Man's Land, and Blown Away, as well as six highly acclaimed mysteries featuring Seattle private investigator Leo Waterman. A former creative writing teacher in western Washington, Ford lives in Oregon and is currently working on his next novel.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 384 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After six books about Leo Waterman, a Seattle PI with an eccentric fondness for drunks and deadbeats, Ford created in Fury (2001) a very different kind of antihero—Frank Corso, an ace investigative journalist fired by the New York Times for fabricating a story.

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BLACK RIVER is the second in the Frank Corso series, which began with the excellent FURY.

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Ex- New York Times investigative journalist, who had been fired for fabricating a story, now famous and wealthy true Crime writer Frank Corso is the only civilian allowed into the courtroom during the third trial of Russian mobster Nicolas Balagula, who managed to subvert the jury and or the witn...

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Frank Corso, as the single non-participant allowed to observe Balagula's third trial and the author of an expose about the crime boss, may very well end up in the line of fire.

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