PRETTY DEAD – VG Gerry Boyle – 7th in series

When reporter Jack McMorrow’s significant other, social service worker Roxanne Masterson, investigates allegations of physical abuse concerning the young daughter of Boston bluebloods David and Maddie Connelly, Jack senses a shot at a story. There a beautiful young staff member steals the show, then winds up dead. Heavy muscle shows up to discourage Jack's search, while a phone message forces him to put his cards on the table and the Connellys to unveil a dark secret from the past that could destroy far more than the family image. In the end, Jack must decide just where to draw the line between his friendship with the Connellys and his responsibility as a journalist to write the truth.

Set in Maine and Boston, Gerry Boyle does excellent sense of place, interesting characters, particularly his friend Clair, involving plots and good red herrings. I’ve always enjoyed this series and this is one of the best.

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