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Sag Harbor :
The Permanent Press,
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|| Willie Black is a reporter in Richmond, Va. Pugnacious and defiant, Black was once a star covering politics, and then he was captured by the bottle, messed up one too many times and found himself demoted to the nighttime police beat. He has three ex-wives, a daughter who tolerates him and bean-counter bosses cutting costs by laying off reporters. Then Willie happens to catch a late-night report about a body in a river, which is determined to be the decapitated corpse of a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, Isabel Ducharme. Diabolically, Isabel's head has been shipped to her home in Boston. A suspect is quickly corralled, a sometime-student, sometime-deadbeat named Martin Fell who has a fondness for college girls. There's a rapid confession. Willie thinks the story's over, but then he gets a call from his latest ex-wife, now a lawyer, who wants him to meet with Fell's mother and hear an alibi the police refuse to consider. Nearly all that happens is centered around...
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