Bad Boy Beat

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Pub Date 07 May 2024 | Archive Date 30 Apr 2024

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When a rookie reporter for the Boston Standard is convinced a series of street crimes are connected, she is willing to go the extra mile to chase down the big story. The newest mystery by Clea Simon is a page-turning story featuring a female protagonist and set in Boston's underground.

Boston Standard journalist Emily - Em - Kelton is desperate for a big story. As a new reporter Em covers the police beat, which has her responding to every crime that comes across the newsroom scanner. Despite the drudgery and the largely nocturnal hours, it's a beat that suits her - especially with her affinity for the low-level criminals she regularly interacts with and what she considers a healthy scepticism for the rules.

But she's sick of filing short news briefs about random street murders that barely merit a byline, and when she sets out to cover yet another shooting of a low-level dealer, she begins to wonder if these crimes are somehow connected.

With not much to go on but her instincts, Em sets out to uncover the truth behind these sordid crimes. But the more she investigates and uncovers a pattern, the more she digs herself into a hole from which she might not come out of alive . . .

Clea Simon draws on her career as a journalist and delivers a fast-paced and intricate plot and intriguing characters with the city of Boston coming to life. This mystery will appeal to fans who love a strong female protagonist, unexpected twists and turns and a mind-blowing ending!

When a rookie reporter for the Boston Standard is convinced a series of street crimes are connected, she is willing to go the extra mile to chase down the big story. The newest mystery by Clea Simon...


Advance Praise

“Fast-paced and deeply satisfying . . . Simon is at the height of her considerable powers. The prose here is propulsive, stylish, and pleasingly spare, with narrating crime reporter Emily Kelton’s voice sliding often into noir territory. Bad Boy Beat is a top-notch read, securing Simon’s position as one of the sharpest voices working in crime fiction today”
Linda L. Richards, award-winning author of the Endings series

“Fast-paced and deeply satisfying . . . Simon is at the height of her considerable powers. The prose here is propulsive, stylish, and pleasingly spare, with narrating crime reporter Emily Kelton’s...


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PAGES 224

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Featured Reviews

I first read Clea Simon's cozy mystery series, which I absolutely loved, so I was so excited to read this new book.

Bad Boy Cleat is a fantastic book that I couldn't put down.

Emily (Em) is a low-level journalist at the Boston Standard working the police beat just waiting for her big story. She shows up at every crime scene trying to get the scoop. I really loved Em's diligence and determination, such a well written, complex character.

Em sees several killings that she thinks are connected to a drug dealer.
She investigates and digs deeper and deeper, maybe too deep.

Bad Boy Beat is such a great crime fiction novel. The story is fantastic, and the characters are well written.

Highly recommend!

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Review: Bad Boy Beat by Clea Simon

I have long loved Clea Simon's cat mysteries, for the way she creates believable furry creatures able to materialize through walls, read humans' minds, and more, all in aid of helping out their person. But rookie reporter Emily Kelton doesn't need anyone's help in Simon's new noir mystery, Bad Boy Beat.

Assigned to the police beat while on probation at the Boston Standard, Em Kelton dutifully does her best with late night fires and low-level street crime. But she wants a big story. The murder of a small-time dealer barely merits a notice in the paper, but something about this death after a similar one nags at the rookie. She knows some of these guys, dealers and low-lifes, and they hardly seem dangerous enough to anyone to warrant murder. Em shares her doubts with her friend, Roz, who works the City Hall bureau, and is investigating rumors of high-level corruption.

Simon fleshes out the office, with Saul, city editor and her boss; the old-timers who resent her; Ruggle, City Hall bureau chief who may have a crush on her and who is her friend Roz's boss; and Noah Borelli, another City Hall reporter. Not waiting politely in the wings are the co-op students, there to help out with the scut work. The bright light in all this jockeying for position and bare-knuckled ambition is handsome Inspector Jack Harcourt, who jokes and flirts and occasionally gives Em something extra for her stories.

The story takes off on page one, and the action never lets up. Em probes her contacts, a low-life dealer, stays on the heels of the police, and trades tips and story ideas with Roz while Inspector Harcourt stonewalls her. To make matters worse, as Em's own story heats up, the other newspaper in town steps up too, with a new hire who seems to know more than Em.

Keeping up with this rookie is a challenge as she careens around Boston on the T, in her car, on foot. Simon knows the city well and makes good use of her experience here. Bad Boy Beat is a non-stop dive into the unadorned world of crime, the unglamorous world of turning out a newspaper day after day, and the life of one indefatigable, intrepid reporter with a sharp tongue and shrewd eye.

This is one of Simon's best.

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