Journalist Jaimie McLane happily works on a small-town newspaper. Then Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Harry Crandall is hired as editor.

Harry is a hard man and fires a number of employees right away. Worried about her job, and that the struggling paper might be sold, Jaimie goes after a story that will increase circulation—the unsolved murder of a 10-year-old boy.

As Jaimie discovers information that even the police missed, she also finds herself becoming involved with Harry, who's is only at the newspaper until he's cleared of wrongdoing at The New York Times. But what will become of the paper once he leaves? And if their relationship continues, can Jaimie be persuaded to go to New York?

A fast-moving romance, A Hard Man Is Good to Find offers an interesting peek into the world of a small-town newspaper. It also includes a fascinating mystery, and some intriguing secondary characters. The heroine's struggle to keep her life the way she wants it, in spite of outside interference, is admirably depicted. (Dec., 384 pp., $5.99)
Reviewed by: 
Susan Mobley