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The Fly on the Wall por Tony Hillerman
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The Fly on the Wall (original 1971; edição 1988)

por Tony Hillerman

Séries: Joe Cotton (1)

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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. Enhanced CD: CD features an interactive program which can be viewed on your computer, including: a photo galary, an author Q & A and a 35 years of excellence timeline.… (mais)
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Título:The Fly on the Wall
Autores:Tony Hillerman
Informação:Avon Books (Mm) (1988), Paperback
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I've never "read" an audio book before. I was going to a handbell festival several hours away, and figured I could "read" this book while I was driving there and back. Unfortunately, I only got about 2/3rds through by the time I got back. So, I had to finish up by lying idly on the deck with ear buds in my ears.

One problem, I've discovered with audio books is you miss stuff, and can't really go back to check. So there were things that made no sense, probably because I'd missed something earlier in the lead up.

For example, I don't really know where this book took place. Something in the beginning said something about a gritty midwestern city of 400,000 or so people. But much of the activity took place in the capitol building, which I inferred to be located in the capital city of the state in question. Well, the word Santa Fe showed up early, and that's the capital of New Mexico, but Santa Fe isn't even 100,000 people in size. Neither is New Mexico midwestern by my reckoning. For a while I thought Albuquerque, which is the proper size, but which is not the capital. So, perhaps we're in Arizona, where the capital is Phoenix? But Phoenix is certainly not midwestern. Also, it's population in 1971, when this book came out was close to 600,000. So, I've no idea. Then too, if I remember correctly, the main character flew from whatever city was involved to Santa Fe, but somehow went through O'Hare, which is the airport associated with Chicago. How does that make sense? A final confusion is that the person who wrote the book blurb on GoodReads said the action took place at the nation's capitol building, which is in Washington, D.C., a city that is neither midwestern, nor does it have a mere population of 400,000. The U.S. Capitol really makes no sense because the whole plot is about state politics, but what state? where?

So, I might have missed something, or perhaps Hillerman was intentionally confusing things...to protect the suspects...or something. Adding to the confusion, of course, is that Hillerman is best known for his works about the Navajo policemen, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. The Navajo reservation is primarily in the four-corners region of Arizona, although bits of it extend into Utah and New Mexico. Anyway, I got confused quickly.

Ok, on to the story, which was sort of interesting. We have John Cotton, a journalist who covers state politics. He's working at night when another journalist, Merrill McDaniels, wanders into the press room totally blotto. But Mac does tell Cotton that he has rather a large scoop to publish which will set the state political machine on their butt. Some time after McDaniels leaves the press room, Cotton hears a loud noise and upon investigation discovers that McDaniels is lying 5 floors below him, splattered on the floor of the capitol rotunda. Just an accident?

Well, another journalist borrows Cotton's car and is run off a bridge and into a river. Just an accident, or was someone gunning for Cotton? In the interim, Cotton had garnered McDaniels' note book and was starting to check some leads. So, he was beginning to unravel a story of corruption in the highway department and several other branches of the state government.

Then, Cotton gets a death threat and decides to flee. He goes fishing in the mountains above Santa Fe, but discovers someone with a high-power rifle hunting for him.

Well, things go on. Eventually Cotton gets it all figured out, and there is a big shake up in state government, and Cotton may or may not find a way to snuggle up to Janie Janovsky, on whom he's been sweet since high school (I think that's the case, but as I said, one can't check things out in an audio book).

Well, sorry to write such an incoherent review, but I think that might be the norm with audio books. They sort of pass through, and whether or not one actually understands all that much appears to be a feature rather than a bug. But, all said, it's an ok way to while away the time on a long drive to and from Hartford. ( )
  lgpiper | Sep 17, 2019 |
Unlike Hillerman's Navaho mysteries, this story takes place in D.C. The main character is a news reporter who is originally from out west. He is uncovering the truth about a story as well as the truth about the story of a woman he's attracted to. What really is his job as a reporter? Throughout his seeking he finds himself in mortal danger where he uses his wits and luck. He's a man without super powers. The plot is intriguing and the characters are rich. I very much enjoyed this book. ( )
  ajlewis2 | Jul 11, 2018 |
Excellent political thriller revealing how journalists can dig through apparently trivial data to reveal corruption in high places. I particularly appreciated the philosophical discussions about what constitutes ethical journalism and reporting all the facts versus what should be kept confidential for the greater good in politics: can we trust the electorate to be wise enough to judge? At times the convoluted details of how the scam was achieved escaped me, but that didn't detract from the suspense. Very believable scenarios that are probably just as relevant today. Lost one star because [spoiler warning] during an airplane trip, the clever journalist was portrayed as a dummy when he started detailing exactly where he was headed for a fishing trip. The subsequent antics lacked realism after the gritty city detective work that came across as genuine. I would recommend this despite that shortcoming to any reader who enjoys political murder stories and suspenseful thrillers. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jun 12, 2018 |
This was a fun, fast read. It might be a bit dry for readers who are not interested in political thrillers and state-level politics, but it is well thought out and well paced. Mr. Cotton is a bit more naive than I would have expected, given his resume, but had he been quicker to figure out that his life was in danger, the story might have been quite a bit different. ( )
  JBarringer | Dec 30, 2017 |
This is an enjoyable book. The plot is good, the characters believable. The story involves digging through paperwork to figure corruption. The story has been bypassed by technological advances since it's 1971 writing. That said, it's a convoluted suspense tale. Yes, it's a non-Navajo story set in a nameless state capitol. It shows a lot of research that went unused in subsequent Navajo books for which he is famous. ( )
  buffalogr | May 13, 2017 |
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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. Enhanced CD: CD features an interactive program which can be viewed on your computer, including: a photo galary, an author Q & A and a 35 years of excellence timeline.

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