Johanna Neuman


Knight & Day

Knight & Day

Jane Day is a thoroughly liberated and thoroughly liberal woman, a very ambitious reporter for The Washington Post. Jerry Knight is the “Night Talker, ” the opinionated right-wing host of America’s most popular all-night radio talk show. When a prominent environmentalist is murdered, the two conflicting media personalities chase after the scoop of the century.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This husband-and-wife team (he was President Ford’s press secretary and she is currently the foreign editor of USA Today) spins a mildly suspenseful tale around a cute premise. Jerry Knight is a bombastic, cigar-smoking radio talk-show host who stands to the right of Rush Limbaugh. Jane Day is a politically correct Washington Post reporter who sees conspiracy lurking around every corner. They are connected only by the murder of an environmentalist who was Day’s source for a big expose and who was killed immediately after appearing on Knight’s show. Day thinks the man was done in by a senator who may have been involved with some dirty dealings on behalf of a plastics company. Knight thinks he was just another victim of the failed Great Society. To find the killer, they team up with a world-weary black detective who knows a D.C. reality alien to both of these Beltway types. Predictably, while Day fantasizes about bringing George Stephanopoulos home to mom, her eyes are opened to Knight’s cuddly side. But this odd couple doesn’t throw off enough sparks, or zingy one-liners, to lift this well-plotted work off the ground. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Practiced prose, snippy paragraphs, and predictable plotting characterize this efficient collaborative debut. The unlikely pair that investigates the murder of a famous environmentalist in Washington, D.C., consists of Jerry Knight, the obnoxiously conservative radio talk-show host who interviewed the man shortly before his death, and Jane Day, an ambitious liberal reporter covering the murder. The two uncover the usual signs of political corruption while antagonizing the police, verbally sparring with each other, and generally low-rating the D.C. scene. A little too slick at times, but not without attraction for larger collections. Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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ISBN: 978-0312855888
Published: May 1, 1995