"His face and neck turned chestnut red as he detailed his ideal mix of scandal and injustice. He wanted it above the fold, out front, on as many days as possible. He cited the latest exhaustive readership analysis, which declared that the average subscriber in Waters End had a six-figure income, an Ivy League education, a five-bedroom residence, four vehicles, a three-car garage and took prescription medication for high cholestrol, high blood pressure, Attention Deficit Disorder and erectile dysfunction. Happiness was an illness and bad news its only cure." (Chapter 2)

"C'mon. Tell me what kind of suck this story's got."

"I don't make or keep other people's promises."

"Subscribers continue to cancel at will. Corporate cuts are coming next quarter. I don't have to wait to start trimming the fat."

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