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Paperboy (edition 2012)

by Pete Dexter, Brice Matthieussent (Traduction)

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Title:Paperboy
Authors:Pete Dexter
Other authors:Brice Matthieussent (Traduction)
Info:Points (2012), Poche, 372 pages
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This novel is a spare, gritty depiction of the unpleasant nature of journalism and the depths of immorality to which some of its practitioners will sink in an effort to win recognition. But it’s also far more than that. It’s also the story of a young man’s maturation—that young man is our narrator, Jack James, who tells many stories in the course of this novel. He tells the story of Thurmond Call, a local sheriff who was murdered in cold blood on a dark country road. He tells the story of Hillary Van Wetter, the local ne’er-do-well who was convicted of the murder. He tells the story of Charlotte Bless, a sexually combustible woman who has fallen in love with Hillary and who enlists the help of Jack’s brother (and his unscrupulous colleague) in freeing Hillary. He tells the story of Ward James, Jack’s brother, an intrepid and indefatigable journalist who struggles with the truth of every story he writes just as he struggles with the profound secret that plagues his every waking moment. He tells the story of Yardley Acheman, Ward’s writing partner, whose lust for journalistic glory poisons almost every character in the novel. And he tells the story of his father—an emotionally disconnected man who is simply incapable of creating any kind of bond with his sons in the wake of his wife’s abandonment.

Pete Dexter is such a masterful writer that all of these stories become one complex narrative web—the most minor tug on one strand of the narrative yields distinct and incontrovertible effects on all of the other strands. It’s impossible to separate the intricacies of Dexter’s tale as he examines universal themes like the nature of evil, the virtue of truth, the recklessness of ambition, the toxicity of denial, and the consequences of compromise in a way that makes all of these abstract ideals almost palpable. Rarely has such spare prose resulted in such stylistic power—Dexter is a writer who knows well how to tell a story. ( )
  jimrgill | Oct 9, 2012 |
This book took me a while to get into, but, I am glad I stuck with it. It revolves around crime, a news story, and an unpredictable group of characters. The news story comes to fruition, the big prize is won, but not without dire consequences. This book requires staying power, but, the ending is really worth the journey. I enjoyed Dexter's book, Paris Trout much more than this one, but, this book is definately worth reading. ( )
  bnbookgirl | Apr 14, 2011 |
A revealing look at the underbelly of investigative journalism in Florida and how it chews up and spits out the reporters who write the stories. Dexter's book is character driven, and they all have flaws. A good read finely written. ( )
  Stevejm51 | Nov 16, 2009 |
Excellent. ( )
  aliastori | Mar 31, 2008 |
Something haunting about this book. Maybe it's the dead on portrayals of flawed human beings. I read a review that said Pete Dexter's characters really stick with you, and they do. They're drawn in short but revealing strokes. I was left with the impression, however, that one of the reasons they'll stick with me is that so many things were left unresolved in their stories. They nag at me like the feeling that I forgot to pack underwear for a long trip does. ( )
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For Erwin Potts and Gil Spencer, a couple of pretty good paperboys who never let it go to their heads
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My brother Ward was once a famous man.
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Even if it wasn't written, part of the dead boy's story is that he wanted to be one of the bunch who drowned him.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385315724, Paperback)

The sun was rising over Moat County, Florida, when Sheriff Thurmond Call was found on the highway, gutted like an alligator.  A local redneck was tried, sentenced, and set to fry.

Then Ward James, hotshot investigative reporter for the Miami Times, returns to his rural hometown with a death row femme fatale who promises him the story of the decade.  She's armed with explosive evidence, aiming to free--and meet--her convicted "fiancÚ."

With Ward's disillusioned younger brother Jack as their driver, they barrel down Florida's back roads and seamy places in search of The Story, racing flat out into a shocking head-on collision between character and fate as truth takes a back seat to headline news...

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Ward James, a reporter, returns to his family's home in northern Florida to investigate the murder of the county's legendary sheriff, Thurmond Call. Ward enlists his younger brother Jack to help him uncover the truth of who is really responsible for the sheriff's death.… (more)

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