If you had asked me three years ago describe a day in my life, it would’ve been easy. Three years ago, I had just moved to Boston. A new young reporter at a hotshot Boston TV station. Jane Ryland here, reporting for Channel 3.
Things were great, I was doing really well, exclusive investigations, big headlines, and even two Emmys.
(I also met a very cool Boston police detective. But that’s a story for another day. I hope Dru Ann invites me to tell you about him. At least, three years later, we are still “seeing “each other. But you are not supposed to know that.)
Anyway, what happened was, in the midst of my great job as a reporter, tracking down clues, following leads, going undercover and in disguise, and really doing some good stories!–I got a phone call from the woman who told me her secret.
(Turned out she was the other woman, but that is another other story. One you may already know.)
Long story short, as a result of my investigation, my station lost a big money lawsuit and I got thrown under the bus.
Have you ever been fired unfairly? Let me tell you, no matter how happy and successful you are, and no matter how good a career you have in your future, that can sock you right in the gut.
But, I made the best of it, and went to work for a newspaper. I mean—I had to save my reputation, right? And prove I had done nothing wrong? So it worked great, and I got terrific stories. And then my boss got fired. And then the new boss arrived.
Yes indeedy, the new boss.
Did you ever see that movie Horrible Bosses? She could have been the “inspiration,” if you know what I mean.
But truth be told, I’m a team player, and like any good reporter, I’ll do whatever story my boss assigns, especially in these days of budget cuts.
And, looking back on it now, that is where the trouble began.
My photographer and I were covering an eviction. A middle class family unfairly thrown out of their suburban home. “I know it’s legal, but it’s terrible,” you’ll hear me say. (Like, on page 1.) And it got me thinking about how much we all love our homes, and how far we would all go to keep them.
It got me thinking about banks, and mortgages, and how close many people are to losing their homes as a result of one tragedy, or one mistake, or one complication, or one misunderstanding.
Yeah, well that’s what I get for being philosophical.
I had barely turned the page of the day when the deputies found something surprising in the back room of that vacant home.
And then the same thing (you can probably guess what I mean) in another vacant home.
Seemed like a blockbuster story to me. Why were dead bodies being discovered in vacant homes?
I forgot to tell you I now have to share an office at the newspaper with this woman Chrystal. And what she means by “share” is not exactly what I mean by “share.” And when the new boss tells me I have to take over Chrystal’s assignment because she’s got the “flu”—I’m just about thinking my brain is about to explode. But hey–I’ve handled more difficult things than a piece on how banks work, right? And a tough assignment? Hey. Bring it on.
So I’m ready to tell all of this to Jake, he’s the detective I was telling you about, and he springs on me that he has a guy who’s confessed to a twenty year-old cold case murder. But he doesn’t think the guy is guilty. Why would he confess, Jake wonders? But it sure would be good for Jake’s career if he closed this case.
And then, as if things weren’t intriguing enough, an extremely attractive handsome and smart new man enters my life.
Oh gosh, I think we’re out of time.
TRUTH BE TOLD
Families unfairly evicted from their suburban homes, dead bodies found in vacant houses, and a shocking confession in a notorious cold case! Top-notch reporter Jane Ryland digs up the truth on these heartbreaking stories—and discovers a big-bucks scheme and the surprising players who will stop at nothing, including murder, to keep their goals a secret. Financial scheming, the power of money, our primal need for home and family and love. What happens when what you believe is true turns out to be a lie?
You can read more about Jane in Truth Be Told, the third book in the “Jane Ryland” suspense series, published by Forge Books. The first book in the series is The Other Woman.
“In Ryan’s adroit hands, with her brisk prose and appealing protagonists…even foreclosures can be sexy.” Booklist, Starred Review
“This incredible ‘master of plot’ excels with this tale!” —Suspense Magazine
“Ryan’s latest in her Jane Ryland series is a gem.” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
“Smart, well-paced…Ryan cleverly ties the plot together, offers surprising but believable plot twists, and skillfully characterizes the supporting cast.” —Publishers Weekly
“Packs a powerful punch…drop everything and binge-read until the mind-boggling conclusion.“ Library Journal, Starred
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About the author
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate. She’s won 32 EMMYs, 12 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her ground-breaking journalism. A bestselling author of seven mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: three Agathas, the Anthony, Daphne, Macavity, and for THE OTHER WOMAN,the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. National reviews have called her a “master at crafting suspenseful mysteries” and “a superb and gifted storyteller.” Her newest hardcover, TRUTH BE TOLD, is a Library Journal Editor’s Pick and RT Book Reviews Top Pick. Plus, starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal,which says, “Drop everything and binge read!” Her 2013 novel, THE WRONG GIRL, has the extraordinary honor of winning the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel, and the Daphne Award for Mainstream Mystery/Suspense, and is a seven-week Boston Globe bestseller and Anthony nominee. She’s a founding teacher at Mystery Writers of America University and 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime.