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A conspiracy of circumstances lands rising newspaper reporter Grayson McLeod in the tiny Ozarks hamlet of Indian Lakes Village as editor of the weekly White Horse Mountain Chronicle. He is given one year to rescue the newspaper, which is in danger of closing. But Grayson puts his own life in more immediate danger as he exposes corruption in the county political machine. More

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About David Cox

A career journalist, David Cox has worked as a reporter, photographer, editor, publisher, editorial cartoonist and editorial page editor for newspapers ranging from 1,800 to 260,000 in circulation. He was won a dozen national writing awards and more than 150 awards from state press associations, mostly for editorials and columns. A former president of the Arkansas Press Association, he won the 1997 I.F. Stone Award for “exposing the misuse of government power.” He is a graduate of Concordia University Nebraska and a former Lutheran school teacher. He and his wife of 32 years live in Paducah, Kentucky. They have five children and one grandchild.


Review by: Maggie Davis on April 28, 2012 :
With compelling characters and a fast-moving plot, this page turner kept me awake until the early morning hours.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
Review by: Laura Peraza on April 2, 2012 :
DEADLINE tells the story of Grayson McLeod, a journalist form Bentonville City. Despite being a great journalist he is laid off from the Benton Bulletin and finds his next opportunity in a little town in the eastern Ozarks, Indian Lakes Village. As the new managing editor of the White Horse Mountain Chronicle, Grayson is granted a year to rescue the newspaper. He has to fight against prejudice, corruption, and the idiosyncrasies that come with every little town.

David Cox is a wonderful writer that captured me from chapter one by truly creating a world I could dive and swim in. I love this book because he brings Indian Lakes Village to life with his rich descriptions of the landscape, campfire stories, sporting events, and especially his well-rounded characters. I would even say that my favorite aspect is the people of this story. The main character is sarcastic but endearing, his comebacks to some of the insults he receives in this new world make the reader sympathize immediately with him. Additionally, being undervalued despite his great capacities had me rooting for him until the end.

By seeing the town from an outsider’s point of view (Grayson) Cox is able to show us a broader and charmingly disturbing picture of Indian Lakes Village. Full of quaint personalities like Gus Runsinger, Where Izzy, and Emerald Busby, characters that embody the essence that make town life a wonderful but slightly terrifying place.

All in all, DEADLINE reads like a thriller, but in this case we’re not chasing a killer, but a story… the biggest story of all, what secrets is this little town hiding behind its trite slogan: A place like no other.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
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