By Nina Siegal
Valerie Vane used to be an up-and-coming way of life reporter at a admired long island urban day-by-day. Then she stumbled, really publicly, and misplaced it all—her column, her fiancé, her entry at the back of the city's velvet ropes. Now she's at the obituary table writing dying notices, and it appears like a useless finish.
However, whilst she writes a couple of lately deceased once-famous graffiti artist, the telephone calls commence. A mysterious voice at the different finish of the road tells her the artist's dying used to be a murder—and if she have been a true reporter, she'd examine.
But can Valerie alternate her stilettos for gumshoes?
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I heard the patter of feet, the crunch of rubber through wet potholes, the burst of horns forcing their way out of Times Square. I moved into the crowd toward Eighth Avenue. A group of teenagers in matching pink tank tops and low riders pushed past the door of the local welfare hotel, linking arms and screaming a show tune. An old woman stepped out, wearing a housecoat stained in wide circles under the arms. A wiry Indian man sat on a lawn chair next to a tree stump and sucked on a brown bidi. At the corner, a family in long shorts, big tees, white Reeboks, and socks piling up their ankles stood outside Ben & Jerry’s.
He is a ﬂash of nerves as he climbs the stairs to his second-ﬂoor ofﬁce, where his name, sidney falco, press agent, is taped on the door. He moves into the back room, where he coincidentally also sleeps, and changes into his clothes for an evening on the town. His girl Friday follows him into the bedroom, sits primly on the edge his bed, and stares up at him, doe-eyed. ” On my couch, in my Vanitini haze, I recite the words along with Curtis: “Way up high, Sam, where it’s always balmy. ’ I don’t want tips from the kitty.
50 | A Little Trouble with the Facts • • • The next morning, The Paper came calling. I was padding around my loft in socks picking up empties when the phone rang. Burton Phipps introduced himself and said he’d been following my work in Gotham’s Gate. He wanted to know if I had any interest in newspaper work “of the slightly more urbane sort. He said, “Why don’t you come over and have lunch? There aren’t any jobs here at the moment, but we should get to know each other in case something opens up.
A Little Trouble with the Facts: A Novel by Nina Siegal