Wednesday, the 1st of April–Fool’s day amidst lockdown/quarantine–did you manage to play any pranks to lighten things up (virtual ones, of course)? Hope all is well with everyone and their loved ones.
Of course, being Wednesday, it is also Shelf Control time once again! Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa at Bookshelf Fantasies, and celebrates the books waiting to be read on your TBR piles/mountains. To participate, all you do is pick a book from your TBR pile, and write a post about it. If you participate, link back to Lisa’s page, and do also leave your links in the comments below as I’d love to check out your picks!
Today my pick is popular fiction–The Evening News by Arthur Hailey, and the reason I picked this one is not only because it is on my TBR but that Hailey turns 100 later this week, so I thought it made sense to feature it at this time. The book was first published in 1990.
Like all his other books, this one is set around a specific industry/profession, in this case, television news. Anchorman Crawford Sloane is a respected reporter, having made his name as a reporter on the Vietnam War. He is known to be calm at all times, no matter what the situation. Terrorism dominates the news, and as a face of American democracy and thus a prime target, Sloane takes all possible precautions. But his family is kidnapped, and it falls to him to track them down and rescue them as he is unwilling to rely on either ruthless network executives or an intrepid reporter who was once his rival in love.
This is one of Hailey’s later novels, his second-last to be specific, and by this point, his popularity had somewhat declined (wikipedia here). Born in Bedfordshire, England in 1920, Hailey began writing poems, stories, and plays at a young age. His novels are always deeply researched and detailed, and quite fast-paced and gripping. Many of his works have also been adapted for the screen as films or TV miniseries.
I have read Strong Medicine, In High Places, The Moneychangers, Hotel, and Airport so far, and have enjoyed them all. The Evening News, I picked up a second-hand copy of at my neighbourhood book shop, possibly last year, but haven’t gotten down to reading it yet. But being by Hailey, I expect to enjoy the book.
Have you read this one or any of Hailey’s other titles? Which ones and how did you like them? Looking forward to your thoughts!