This Reporter Might Be A Criminal

The Reporter is described as episode one in a series. An author note at the end of this story indicates that the full series is the World’s Ends Series (sic). This publication is a Kari Mallot Novella. The cover is as yet undefined and the novella was downloaded through Instafreebie from an author mailing list. This might have been rushed to internet publication while still in the editing process. The author name was not in a place I am used to. I found the author name on the copyright page. There are some formatting problems. Occasionally a page will be followed by an almost identical page. When this happens, the first page will have a distorted, almost unreadable first line. The following page appears with a corrected first line and a copy of the preceding page. I am unfamiliar with the mechanics and problems of on-line and self-publishing. I assume that a more polished final form of the story will eventually show up.

Even with the above distractors, this is a good story. Kari Mallot is a small time television reporter or presenter who would like to advance her career. She needs a great story to get her great exposure and ratings. When a local lawyer gets beaten up, she is alerted to the crime by her boyfriend Jeff, a local cop. He responded to the scene of the crime but was told by the victim that a statement would only be given to a local reporter, then the police. Kari arrives to hear the victim say that he wants to confess to several crimes, that he was directed by his assailant to make the confessions to a reporter, and that he had a second, secret message only for the reporter who responded. The only one to respond was Kari.

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