Dead Line

Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction

By Richard Sanders

Publisher : Smashwords/CreateSpace

ABOUT Richard Sanders

Richard Sanders
I worked as an Executive Editor at Entertainment Weekly for 11 years and (in two separate stints) at People magazine and for 12 years. I often speak to young journalists and try to use myself as an example for inspiration—a guy who spent time in jail, rehab and a psych ward  More...



The Lit-Crit Take: A genre-bending, character-driven thriller about memory, identity and making peace with the past.

 The Pure Plot Pitch: Sure, we all know about arrogant, self-centered media executives. But how about one who served time as a teen for murdering her sister? And who suddenly believes she’s possessed by the spirit of Indira Gandhi? And now, at the height of her power, a secret from her past is threatening to destroy her empire, while someone from that past is trying to take her life. Stop the damn presses!

I hope readers will enjoy Dead Line for two reasons: . (1) I spent 30 years working as an editor in magazines and media, mostly at People and Entertainment Weekly and their websites, so much of the journalistic action in Dead Line is based on personal, behind-the-scenes experience and observation. (2) I’ve tried to inject the material with an adrenaline-fueled spirituality, a zen freedom needed to trick away the addictions to power and control.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Great read, March 31, 2011
This review is from: Dead Line (Paperback)

This is a terrific book. Richard Sanders takes us into a loopy magazine world inhabited by a crazy editor (with a past) who channels Indira Gandhi, a narrator who is thrust into the role of trying to manage her (sort of), a threat, great scenery, and all sorts of other well-drawn characters. There's a bit of Hunter Thompson mixed with Raymond Chandler in this book. it's a great read.

5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Line is Dead On, February 26, 2011
I have to say right from the start that Quinn McShane is my alter ego! Like all the main characters in the book his is well developed and superbly human. There are an eclectic group of characters that the author brings together; Marissa, the Korean some kind of therapist, Trish the publisher/child murderess, and Benjie the security chief, to name a few. It's not all murder and mayhem though, there are many instances of humor and humanity in the book