Scoop of the Century: The Fateful Odyssey of Reporter Stella Weiss

The book’s memorable characters take readers along a riveting journey.
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AN UNPOPULAR, AUTHORITARIAN PRESIDENT IS KILLED in the crash of Marine One. The NTSB, CIA, and FBI prove he was assassinated and strive to identify the perpetrator. Three months later, the crime remains unsolved, but a Los Angeles Times reporter receives a tip from the killers. An ambitious and daring reporter, Stella Weiss, meets them in an exotic country and learns the truth about the crime. Protecting her sources, she writes about the perpetrators’ backgrounds, surprising motivations, and how they pulled it off. Shortly after her story is published, Stella Weiss disappears. Scoop of the Century is the suspenseful and fast-paced tale of her fateful odyssey and its extraordinary aftermath. In a master storyteller’s crisp and lively prose, the book’s memorable characters take readers along a riveting journey.

A captivating read, about life in an America much like today, combining elements of mystery, political intrigue, and drama. In many ways it is in the mold of the author's cowritten Oak Grove mysteries, this time from the perspective of a reporter, and not a police detective, and a crime whose resolution involves national level politics. Readers will come from this having a better understanding of the importance of a free press and public officials who take serious their oath to the constitution.

-- DGA

Michael Brian Schiffer (Author)

I am a retired archaeologist and historian of technology. I taught for 39 at the University of Arizona, and was the Fred A. Riecker Distinguished Professor of Anthropology. These days I am writing mystery novels. The first four are co-authored with my wife, Annette Schiffer: A Buzz About Campus, Holy Smoke!, A Tough Nut to Crack, and Vintage Crimes. Two more are in the works, all part of the series, The Oak Grove Chronicles. These novels are set in a fictional town, Oak Grove, in California, where there is a state University. The unusual crimes, including murders, are solved by the collaboration of a Sheriff’s detective, Alan Bluestein, and a forensic archaeologist, Laura Mancini. In addition to keeping readers entertained with our warmhearted blend of serious and silly, we manage to poke fun at university life. We live in northern Virginia and enjoy travel and spending time with grandchildren. Recently I have sole authored a political mystery, Scoop of the Century: The Fateful Odyssey of Reporter Stella Weiss. Here is the blurb: Three months after the commission of a notorious assassination, the official investigation stalls. An ambitious and daring Black reporter at the L.A. Times, Stella Weiss, unearths the truth, writing about the perpetrators’ backgrounds, surprising motivations, and how they pulled it off. Shortly after her story is published, Stella disappears. Scoop of the Century is the suspenseful and fast-paced tale of the reporter’s extraordinary odyssey. In a master storyteller’s crisp and lively prose, the book’s memorable characters take readers along a riveting journey.

The book’s memorable characters take readers along a riveting journey.

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