Soft-boiled Seattle sleuth John Denson, first introduced in Decoys, is hot on the trail of crime once again in this second Denson mystery. 30 for a Harry takes its inspiration from a bit of newspaper lore-the legend of Harry Karafin, who after three decades on The Philadelphia Inquirer was exposed for using his position as an investigative reporter to blackmail area businessmen. Drawing on his own background as a former intelligence agent and newspaper reporter, Richard Hoyt sends Detective Denson undercover at the Seattle Star to search for the paper's own 'harry.' In his search, Denson confronts the dark underbelly of the newspaper world, where honored traditions of truth and fairness are destroyed by greed and the quest for power. Filled with unexpected plot twists and offbeat characters, this first-rate detective yarn will keep you guessing until the final pages.
Richard Hoyt has a B.S. and M.S. in journalism from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Hawaii. After serving as a counterintelligence agent for the U.S. Army, he began working as a reporter based in Honolulu. He went on to teach journalism and writing courses at the University of Maryland and at Lewis and Clark College. He is the author of over 20 novels including Decoys and Trotsky's Run.