Michael Embry's honest, open, evocative prose engages readers from the opening sentence and propels readers along a storyline that leads straight to the heart. One of my must reads, but be forewarned, once you start reading A Confidential Man, you won't want to put it down until you finish.
eliminations editor for Best New Writing 2009
author of Purple Adobe.
Love, liaisons, death and deceit all find their way into the newsroom where sportswriter Chase Elliott spends his days. Admired for his reticence, Chase fears that the last secret entrusted to him may hold the key to a friend's mysterious death and may have put his own life in jeopardy as well. Michael Embry has crafted a treasure of intrigue and romance in A Confidential Man—a real page turner by anyone's standards.
newspaper columnist and co-author of Muhlenberg County (Images of America: Kentucky)
and A Mother's Cherished Memories.
Everybody has secrets! You better be careful who you tell them to. A Confidential Man by Michael Embry looks at the inner workings of a major newspaper. Sports columnist Chase Elliott is the “Confidential Man.” He can keep secrets and give advice. He isn’t like others who love to gossip and some who are direct pipelines to management.
Some secrets are just too big. Chase struggles with his own personal responsibility with secrets revealed to him in confidence. Infidelity and fraudulent news stories become the focus of ongoing office romances and newspaper politics. What should Chase do? What can he do?
His friend, Brett Johnson, special sections editor, dies suddenly. The apparent accident spirals into a murder investigation as each piece of the puzzle is revealed. The action reaches every corner of the newspaper as you turn the pages quickly wanting to know more. Michael Embry weaves an exciting story with shocking revelations. This newspaper will never be the same.
Beyond the Rain
Michael Embry is the author of three nonfiction sports books and three novels, including Foolish Is The Heart for Wings ePress in 2008. His career includes more than 30 years in journalism as a reporter, sportswriter and editor. He lives in Frankfort, Ky., with his wife, Mary, and Yorkshire terriers, Baxter and Bucky.