Well-paced story of appalling corruption

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Bad City is a fascinating non-fictional account of unimaginable corruption and hubris at the intersection of academia, government, and media. The author did a masterful job of weaving storytelling elements among the facts, players, descriptions, and events. I enjoyed reading more about contemporary but also the deep dive into journalistic practices and discipline. I had no idea of the time and effort that goes into breaking "big stories," and now will forever hold a greater appreciation for the challenges of doing so. One literary device the author used that I found most helpful was to reiterate how many days post-first getting the tip, the events occurred. It was a healthy reminder that, unlike a Netflix docuseries, for example, in real life, things take time, patience, and persistence.

I'm fairly new to the crime-fiction genre, but Bad City has whetted my appetite for more.