Jan Brogan at Borders on Sunday


Yesterday's Fatal, a mystery by former ProJo reporter Jan Brogan is a great read, and Jan will be at the Providence Borders this Sunday, January 11, from 2-3 pm, to promote her latest effort, Teaser.

Brogan's books are informed by her knowledge of newspapers and the local RI-Massachusetts' terrain, and her knack for humor is evident in her bio:

Today, I’m only a part-time journalist, working mostly from home as a correspondent for The Boston Globe and as a freelance magazine writer. But in my early years, I reported on everything from biotechnology to school lunch menus at The Worcester Telegram in Massachusetts and later was able to hone my investigative skills at The Providence Journal in Rhode Island, where I got to cover the kind of innovative financial corruption that makes that state such a great place to be a reporter.

I grew up in Clifton, New Jersey, where I learned to wear tight clothes and a lot of makeup. Clifton was both urban and very small town. My father, a lawyer and former city councilor, knew everyone – especially the cops, which made my teenage years challenging. But my father also knew an infamous cop charged with murder. After the acquittal, I was granted an interview and wrote my first murder story at 15 years old for my high school paper.

Here's some detail on Teaser, publisher by St. Martin's Minotaur imprint:

Hallie Ahern, a Providence, Rhode Island, reporter and recovering gambling addict, is trawling online chat rooms in search of a story for her newspaper’s Web site when an anonymous source sends her a short video clip, a teaser. Featuring two girls striking provocative poses, the clip promises more to come. As Hallie follows up on the lead, staking out tech shops and high school hangouts in search of the girls in the clip, she discovers that men are buying the girls webcams and lavishing them with gifts to make sure they use them. But those gifts are only a taste of the perils to come.

The paper’s new owners love the idea of an exposé that warns parents of the dangers of the Internet, but when girls start dying, and when Hallie’s boyfriend—a prosecutor with the Attorney General’s office—ends up on another side of the story altogether, the situation goes from dark to lethal.

As Hallie is caught between her responsibilities as a reporter and as a concerned citizen, her investigation leads her deep into a far-reaching conspiracy in Teaser, Jan Brogan’s latest gripping mystery.

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