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Newsroom murder mystery

Posted by Jan Gardner  October 15, 2008 10:12 AM

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"Black and White and Dead All Over'' by John Darnton of the New York Times is a fabulously entertaining read, especially for those who know their way around a newspaper. Readers familiar with the outsized personalities at the Times will find thinly-veiled versions of many real-life characters, such as restaurant reviewer Ruth Reichl, here known as Dinah Outsalot.

While moving his story along, Darnton captures newsroom culture with a sharp wit. Clashes between editors and reporters, the print devotees and the webheads -- it's all here, as a kind of funny valentine to a struggling industry.

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