Anonymous Caller

Anonymous Caller

by Susan Parker

ISBN: 9781634920803

Publisher, Inc.

Published in Mystery & Thrillers/Mystery, Literature & Fiction/Contemporary, Mystery & Thrillers, Literature & Fiction

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Book Description

A young journalist gets a phone call from a woman reporting a rape. The larger newspapers refuse to report the rape, but the young female journalist runs with the story that eventually leads to a major expose of a corrupt power structure.

Sample Chapter


Most reporters and editors of the Broward Journal-Gazette had gone home for the day. They had families and lives outside of the newspaper. But Caitlin was still at her desk, even though the next day’s edition had been put to bed already. Her life was the newspaper.

      Her ambition was to be an investigative reporter for a major metropolitan newspaper one day. But her present-day reality was far removed from that. She was a reporter for a small town newspaper. The tiny newsroom had battered desks and chairs and outdated computers. Take away the computers and it looked like something straight out of the 1940s.

      She covered the police department, which was one of the more plum assignments, but the crimes she wrote about – DUIs, domestic abuse and public intoxication – were minor when compared to those that occurred in bigger cities. There hadn’t been a major crime reported since she joined the newspaper, which was good news for the town but lousy for a reporter in search of a juicy story. She was a journalist going nowhere fast, and this frustrated her.

      She was about to call it a day. She could just as easily commiserate at home over a beer and pizza. But as she grabbed her purse, the phone on the news desk rang. Caitlin tried to disregard it, but her curiosity about who could be calling the newsroom at this late hour won out.


      “I’d like to speak to an editor or reporter.”

      “I’m a reporter. My name is Caitlin Rourke.”

      “I have a story that might interest you.”

      She was prepared for the woman to tell her about an engagement announcement, an upcoming PTA event or the score to her son’s little league game.

      “I was raped Monday night.”

      If the caller meant to shock Caitlin, she succeeded. Caitlin didn’t know what to say. And that was a first for her. She always, or almost always, had a quick comeback.


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Susan Parker

Susan Parker

I have been a journalist for 40 years. "Anonymous Caller" is my first attempt at a novel. I am now retired and live in Richmond, Texas, just outside of Houston.

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