5.4.13

THE PARIS CORRESPONDENT, by Alan S Cowell

Long the New York Times Paris Bureau Chief, author Cowell has written a mesmerizing tale of wild living at the edge of war’s horror, of scrupulous and unscrupulous morals, and the overlapping lives of two friends. Editor Ed Clancy and adventurous correspondent Joe Shelby, brought low by the endless internet news cycle, are trapped in a Paris news bureau, forced to interpret news third-hand. Shelby’s long-time nemesis (both vertically and horizontally) appears, is put in charge of their office, and the denouement is absolutely perfect. My journalist friend Ferne says this is a true slice of life. This is a gotta-read! It’s a 5+