Rick Treon’s Deep Background Combines Politics, Journalism and Murder as a Smart, Taught Thriller

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‘Treon hits a home run’ with timely novel about a political conspiracy and the journalists working the story while dealing with their changing industry.

Amarillo, TX (PRUnderground) December 6th, 2018

Two years after an anonymous tip helps reporter Levi Cole break one of the biggest political scandals in recent memory, the same unknown conspirators expose him for fabricating parts of his stories. After resigning from his cushy job in Dallas, Levi returns to his rural Texas Panhandle hometown to regroup and win over Kat Hallaway – the married woman and fellow reporter he left behind – by helping her cover a grisly murder. But, as Levi and Kat get close to unraveling the mystery, she is kidnapped by the killer. When Levi finally finds Kat, he learns the identity of his tormentors and how they connect to the murder. Faced with the truth, Levi must decide how far he will go to rescue the woman he loves and regain control of his life.

Authors Reading says, “Treon crafts his story with several interesting twists that lure in the reader and demand their attention.” Deep Background “kept me hanging on till the very end. … I guarantee, if you are into suspense, this will be the book for you.”

Best Thrillers called Deep Background, “An intelligent, textured and taut thriller about political corruption,” and the reviewer “found myself holding my breath.” Treon “hits a home run” and gets “bonus points for shedding insight into the economic realities of journalism and the resulting sensationalistic effect on news.”

Deep Background is the debut novel for Treon, a former newspaper reporter and editor. In addition to providing a thrilling murder mystery, Deep Background shines a light on the challenges local reporters and editors face when trying to cover major stories, and how their depleted resources – and their increasing need to generate Internet traffic – has changed the landscape of journalism. Treon does this with compelling characters and backstories that will have readers caring about their fate as the conspiracy is revealed.

After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Treon worked as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, as a reporter and editor at the Amarillo Globe-News, and was the managing editor of The Kerrville Daily Times. He now lives and writes in Texas. For more information on Treon, visit http://www.ricktreon.com.


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