The Evening News Author:Arthur Hailey Arthur Hailey, the internationally renowned, bestselling author of such unforgettable novels as Airport, Hotel, Strong Medicine, and Wheels, returns with another dynamic, behind-the-scenes drama exploring the personal and professional conflicts at the heart of a great institution. — This time the setting is network TV news. — Hailey, as always the... more » master storyteller, takes us inside the studios, newsrooms, back rooms, and worldwide bureaus of CBA-TV where two major news features-anchorman Crawford Sloane and "Big Foot" correspondent Harry Partridge-compete, and sometimes feud, with each other.
Their long-standing rivalry begins in Vietnam where both are ambitious TV correspondents and in love with the same woman-attractive, strong minded Jessica, a U.S. information officer. In the end, Sloane wins Jessica and the CBA News anchor desk.
Partridge continues onward to correspondent stardom until Sloane, beset by a desperate family crisis, pleads for his former adversary's aid. The crisis involves drug-financed terrorism imported to America from Peru, and both men are catapulted suddenly from their role as reporters to action on the world's stage.
At the same time they must deal with tensions created by the acquisition of CBA network by a conglomerate giant, Globanic Industries.
Globanic's ruthless, iron handed president, Margot Lloyd-Mason, has a dominant concern-to improve the financial "bottom line" no matter what the human cost. Amid promises to keep CBA News independent and respect television's public obligations, she in fact does neither.
The foreign leader-code name Miguel-has his own agenda for CBA which includes a plan to dominate the airwaves in an extremist revolutionary cause.
A compelling cast of characters and the maelstrom of authentic action in the TV news business move swiftly from the glass towers of Manhattan through Canada, Italy, Colombia, Britain, France, Vietnam, Panama, to final climactic scenes amid the Andes of Peru.
The Evening New, Arthur Hailey's tenth novel, is certain to become prime-time reading.« less