A novel about a sob sister in the Roaring '20s promises to be exciting. All the elements are there--a tempestuous period in history, a picturesque locale and a spunky heroine.
Here she is, Hallie Duer, not yet 25 and already a high-ranking reporter with a major San Francisco newspaper.
Unlikely at the time? You bet, but our young, beautiful and pugnacious Hallie avoids the operative prejudice against female reporters and gets to cover all the big events: the major sports assignments, including Jack Dempsey's prizefights; the major scandals, including Fatty Arbuckle's trial; a major political coup, President Harding's death. (He conveniently dies in San Francisco and Hallie is part of the funeral train that takes his body back to Washington.) And more.
This woman has it all: In addition to her blooming career, she is adored by a brilliant and handsome-but-limping (from a war wound) Irish attorney, who naturally fights for righteous and liberal causes. She is admired by her cigar-chomping, straight-talking, heart-of-gold editor, who thinks she's his best reporter. She is idolized by a fey and repressed only brother, who can't ever seem to free himself from domineering women. She is befriended by a young woman who becomes her roommate and confidante, but Faith can't seem to free herself from the domineering man in her life. She is protected by a prostitute named Babe, who feeds her leads on such touchy subjects as abortion. And Hallie, in turn, does her best to act responsibly in these assorted relationships.