Gary Reed, former litigator, and local author releases new historical fiction titled “Things Could Get Ugly”
Set in late summer 1939, Gary Reed’s a new novel, Things Could Get Ugly, is a fun romp through a troubled era. Jack O’Brien, a fast-talking young reporter, comes home to Covington looking for the story that will establish his credibility as a reporter.
Jack arrives at time when Jim Crow segregated the city along color lines, the Great Depression lingered, and the Syndicate wanted to expand beyond Newport. Competing morning and evening
newspapers speculated that Franklin Roosevelt might run for an unprecedented third term. In Europe, Hitler threatened to ignite World War II. Locally, the Latonia Race Track hosted its last racing dates, Jimmy Durante performed in Devou Park, and City Commission candidates challenged the “Old Guard” commissioners as corrupt.
In that explosive mix, Jack learns someone has framed a black man for a crime that never happened. When Jack sets out to discover why, he clashes with a corrupt local politician, a Syndicate mobster, and a dirty policeman. If he pursues the story, he puts at risk everything he holds dear.
Things Could Get Ugly fits in the genre of the fast-talking newspaper reporter – a recurrent story line in movies of the 1930s and early 40s. It combines the chase for the next headline with romance and humor.
Published by Top Quark Publishing Co., Things Could Get Ugly can be found on currently available on Kindle (eBook) and Amazon (eBook and paperback), giving lovers of beautiful literature another fun read.
In writing this novel, Reed drew on his experiences growing up in Covington. He based his depiction of the backroom of a large bookie operation on one he saw as kid in Covington in the late 1950s.
In addition to Things Could Get Ugly, Gary Reed has also written two exciting novels – A Fatal Cell Phone Video (2016) and The Blockbuster Drug (2015).
About Gary Reed
Gary Reed had a challenging legal career before retiring and taking up writing. He managed litigation around the country, including product liability and other high-stakes litigation. He has also directed investigations into corrupt providers in South Florida and elsewhere. Mr. Reed wrote and frequently spoke on professional issues during his career.