The Local Rag

Fiction - Mystery - General
240 Pages
Reviewed on 12/26/2018
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Reviewed by Keith Julius for Readers' Favorite

Author Rod Raglin looks at the world through the eyes of a journalist in Local Rag: News To Die For. Jim Mitchell is the editor and publisher of The Sentinel, a community paper in Vancouver. He has somehow maintained his idealistic stance on life but finds his beliefs tested when an old friend, Anthony Bravaro, makes a bid for a Mayoral run. The two went to school with Frances Wong, another old friend who serves as the candidate's campaign manager. As the election heats up and things start to turn sour, newspaperman Mitchell begins to question not only the workings of politics but his own ethics regarding what should – or should not – be brought to the public's attention through the press. Early on he states, “Our obligation is to be objective in our reporting,” but it doesn't take him long to realize life doesn't always allow for such high ideals. It doesn't help that a newspaper conglomerate, the MetroGroup, is stealing away not only his readers but his advertising revenue as well.

Local Rag: News To Die For is presented at a crisp, fast-moving pace reminiscent of the best newspaper copy. The story moves along with realistic drama and life-threatening action as Mitchell finds himself firmly embedded in the dark side of politics. Events spin out of control as he finds his marriage, his past friendships, and even his life on the line. At the core of this thrilling novel is one man's convictions regarding the truth, and how far he will go to live up to his own ideals. Author Rod Raglin's novel rings true and portrays an accurate slice of life. With no neatly resolved issues – and a faint glimmer of hope at the end – this is the type of hard-hitting believability so often lacking in dramas nowadays. I enjoyed this book immensely.