No reporter truly works alone. Some young puppies think they have to puff up their chests and pretend they can find all information all by themselves. These are the reporters you learn not to trust, because they make so many mistakes. A really good reporter knows that information is INFINITE. One simply cannot find or digest ALL of it. The really good reporter has learned to cross check himself by testing his info and comprehension with other trusted sources, even if they are competitors.
An even better reporter, because he has both confidence and humility, is the one who will extend a helping hand first. I happily announce that Michael Kiefer, currently on staff with the Arizona Republic (he has had some other gigs, often very cool ones), is such a one. We met during the Phoenix Serial Shooter trial. He was generous with his professional expertise and his personal friendship. I couldn't wait to thank him in my book's acknowledgements. We conspired on more than one occasion to further each other's goals and I hope I held up my end of the social contract.
Something I got to do during breaks in that trial (and others that came along later) was read samples of Michael's manuscripts. He is, as Paul Rubin of the Phoenix New Times calls him, a "wordsmith." Newspaper writing style is very restrictive, but he has successfully unleashed some of his finesse even there, writing compelling leads and working in the poignant scenes that are hard to get past barbarous editors.
Michael has now decided to give you the chance to do what only the privileged few, such as myself, used to do in courthouse hallways and offices. Now you can not only meet him, but hear him read from one of his own novels.
Tonight (Monday, May 21, 2012) at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Michael is reading from The Lion Hunter. Action fans, there's real lions in there. And real women.
Based on Michael's many years of living--and reporting--in the Southwest, you will be drawn out of your city life into the complex yet spare territory that surrounds America's fifth largest city.
Lanny Klegg is on the trail of a poacher who hunts mountain lions. Trouble is, Lanny has sympathy for the ranchers who hire the lion killer. Ratcheting up the tension are the women that stand between Lanny's heart, soul, and his job. The Lion Hunter is Michael Kiefer's beautifully woven story of 21st century cowboyin'--shades of morality as subtle as the cougar's tawny coat and as dangerously opposed as the big cat's bloodthirsty fangs.
Interested in more about Michael Kiefer? Here is a post that mentions an important story that he did that ended up coming up in the Casey Anthony trial. And this one has a photo of him.
ADD: I had a link error up there which should now be fixed. Clicking on the words "important story" above should take you to a post about the Ring case and Casey Anthony.
Where: Changing Hands Bookstore
Address: 6429 South McClintock Drive (Tempe, Arizona)
Date: May 21, 2012 (Monday)
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