There’s nothing a person loves more than reading a novel about his or her profession. Well, then again, maybe that’s just me. I worked in television news for over twenty years and I absolutely loved it – couldn’t get enough. I can honestly say I enjoyed going to work everyday, even when I dreaded it. We were all adrenalin junkies and worked best when all hell was breaking loose. But when I finally hit the wall, enough was enough. I left the newsroom running and haven’t looked back!
That’s why I was so excited when I heard about Christina Kovac’s novel, THE CUTAWAY(37INK/ATRIA). I read her bio and the lady has the chops to be writing about what goes on inside a television newsroom. Her novel had me tearing through the pages and so will you.
“Be careful what your eyes take in. What you see becomes a part of you.”
TV news producer, Virginia Knightly receives a “MISSING” notice on her desk about the disappearance of a beautiful young attorney. Even in the middle of the constant barrage of stories coming her way, she can’t seem to shake the image from her head and suspects this missing lawyer may be at the heart of something far more sinister. Her “news-dar” is on high alert – it just doesn’t add up. The woman has a nearly perfect war-hero husband, prestigious job at a top law firm, but she was last seen getting up from dinner, and leaving her husband alone in a restaurant. What gives?
Sharp, tightly wound, and highly driven, Virginia, or Ginny as her friends call her, dives deep into the underbelly of Washington DC’s, business and political world to investigate what happened to the missing woman. She finds herself caught in a web of corruption that binds the media, police and high-ranking political figures. There comes a point, she doesn’t know who she can trust. Risking her career, possibly her sanity or even her life, Virginia is committed to going where the leads take her.
What I enjoyed most about THE CUTAWAY is the strong, bright character Kovacs creates in Virginia. She’s tough on the job, doesn’t take any crap, but has a soft spot, which makes her human. She also listens to those who work for her and that’s why she’s a true professional and respected. I like the cabal of characters she creates in the newsroom and the cops were ratty like the “The Shield,” except “Detective Hollywood.” Good choice to stay away from “The Wire.” My dad’s retired NYPD. Your dad, Christina?
Christina Kovac is a former broadcast journalist turned novel writer. For seventeen years, she managed newsrooms and produced crime and political stories, beginning her career at Fox Five’s Ten O’clock News, and after that, the ABC affiliate in Washington, DC. Her last nine years in television, she worked at the Washington Bureau of NBC News, which provides news coverage for the Today show, Nightly News, and others
She lives outside of the city with her husband and children. Learn more about Christina.
Thanks to Super PR Guy, David Brown and 37INK/ATRIA, we have one copy of THE CUTAWAY to giveaway. Just tell us what you think of news coverage – television or print. You can be honest. There is no right or wrong answer.
And while Christina’s novel is a dramatic peek inside a television newsroom, there’s always my novel, VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED to check out for humor, romance and quirky characters.