'Bad Publicity' brings hard-boiled, noir to the 21st century
‘Bad Publicity’ would be a hard-boiled, noir detective story with supernatural elements if such could be written about a journalist with no discernible clients living in the 21st century. Instead, the book uses the genre’s conventions and spins them to create a soft-boiled story that isn’t quite noir delivering some poignant messages about life, death and the importance, or lack thereof, of celebrity.
Jackson Hardy is a scandal rag reporter. Having destroyed his first career as a journalist, he has found something that pays the bills while he doesn’t have to work too hard, especially since a mysterious benefactor hooked him up with a disembodied dead woman. When Hardy reports on the extramarital affair of a Hollywood royal, he learns that some stories have dire consequences. The essential question here is will Hardy be able to save himself?
While the ending is a bit abrupt, author Brian C. Baer shows the power and art in his craft by making it so. What is more important in life – making ends meet, living your principles, having a good standing amongst your peers? ‘Bad Publicity’ will give you something to chew on while you enjoy the depths that it delves into.
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I met the author at Lilac City Comic Con!