By Nina Siegal
Valerie Vane was once an up-and-coming way of life reporter at a popular manhattan urban day-by-day. Then she stumbled, really publicly, and misplaced it all—her column, her fiancé, her entry at the back of the city's velvet ropes. Now she's at the obituary table writing dying notices, and it seems like a useless finish.
However, whilst she writes a few lately deceased once-famous graffiti artist, the telephone calls commence. A mysterious voice at the different finish of the road tells her the artist's dying used to be a murder—and if she have been a true reporter, she'd examine.
But can Valerie alternate her stilettos for gumshoes?
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You need to change that. ” I stayed up all night, pacing, trying to come up with something that would make Zip make me Bernie for good, and not search for another replacement. ” Who was an insider and who was still pressing against the glass? Who was getting a raise and who was getting the boot? I wanted to make and break Manhattan. I spent the wee hours jotting ideas for my new name. I wanted it to have the ring of an old-time starlet, to honor my father; it had to feel quick on the tongue. But mostly, it needed to be the kind of name that would make anyone famous in a day.
The morgue was The Paper’s newsprint archive. Jaime had told me a thousand times that I should use the morgue to do the bulk of my research on anything pre-1985, the year The Paper had begun digitizing. But so far I’d done all of my research from my desk. Are you a reporter? I asked myself. Are you a reporter? said that smoky voice. I went into the text documents on my computer to ﬁnd my page of notes from my morning chat with Pinsky. There it was: Night Rewrite | 39 “Wallace, Malcolm A. ” Et cetera.
And I wasn’t about to let him get close enough to let me down again. “It’s been a long evening,” I said, yawning. “Of course, of course,” he said, standing fast. ” “Not at all,” I said. ” “Of course,” he said again, pulling on his jacket and nervously patting the pockets. “I’d love to take you out to dinner some evening. Could I? ” Well, wasn’t that touching? Suddenly he had time for dinner dates. “I don’t really do dinner very often these days,” I said. ” he said, turning it over like a foreign currency he’d never used.