Business journalists in fiction books is a growing field.
One of my personal favorites is “Deadline Man” from 2010 by Seattle Times business columnist and blogger Jon Talton, which features a business columnist for a daily paper in Seattle who uncovers a plot involving a local company.
Now comes a novel by CNBC.com managing editor Allen Wastler titled “Cargo Kills,” which he self-published earlier this month and which features a business reporter covering the Port of Long Beach.
Explains Wastler in an e-mail to Talking Biz News:
When I was a reporter on the West Coast many, many moons ago I wrote a mystery novel based on the stuff I covered day in and day out. It got rejected a couple of times, and I let it sit on the book shelf. Then the other day it occurred to me I could just self-pub these days. So I did.
There is also Jess Walter’s “The Financial Lives of the Poets,” about a former biz journalist who tries to start a financial-journalism web site using poetry and his life completely falls apart.
And don’t forget the Starvation Lake series by Bryan Gruley — he was the WSJ bureau chief in Chicago and now writes for Bloomberg Businessweek.
If you know of any other fiction books featuring a business journalist as the central character, drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.