A Novel

Nikki Z is a love-her-or-hate-her news anchor on Atlanta TV.

Cassie Page is an African-American crime reporter for a cable news giant. Her lover is Jimmy Hagan, an Irish-American police detective.

Rudy Decker is a flashy playboy, a user and abuser of women, getting rich selling the body parts of slaughtered black bears.

Human life is cheap, too. A sexy TV talent coach is murdered. Nikki Z is kidnapped.

And Rudy’s bloody schemes are threatened by Cassie and Jimmy and by wronged women set on revenge.


Don Farmer again weaves his insider’s knowledge of television news through an action-packed tale about bad men, feisty women and ambitions that turn deadly.

Neal Boortz
Best-selling author and former national talk show host

Don Farmer has written a thoroughly engrossing.  As a veteran newsman and TV anchor, Farmer captures the strong personalities of the newsroom and the “can’t look away” drama of a riveting news story. Great characters, strong women, a vile villain and a plot that keeps you turning pages.

Rebecca Chase Williams
Former ABC News Correspondent & former mayor of Brookhaven GA

TV news veterans Don Farmer and Chris Curle are back with a thrilling story of greed, jealousy and murder.  Police and reporters chase kidnappers and bear poachers as they follow the deadly mistakes of flawed men and vengeful women

Clark Howard
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host

Former TV Newsman Don Farmer gives us an edgy thriller that has it all…heinous schemer, hard-driving news anchor, clever detective and insider details. You simply cannot put it down!

Karna Small Bodman
Bestselling author of Trust but Verify



A Novel

What’s DEADLY NEWS About?

After a spectacular murder in the Atlanta penthouse of a national media mogul, cops scramble to solve the crime and TV stations compete for coverage.  A savvy detective and a determined female reporter team up - in more ways than one - to catch the killer and get the story.  This humorous thriller is fast-paced fun behind the scenes of TV news.

DEADLY NEWS also is the story of several strong women and their battles to succeed in life, some with good intentions, some not. And men whose ambitions get in the way. They include:

 • Bren Forrest: A woman struggling to make a success of an all-news TV network. Violence tears apart her life and her livelihood .She is tough and tested as she battles to survive in the corporate media world and in her volatile private life.

  • Cassandra Page: An ambitious, African-American journalist who covers crime and violence for a major market TV station. She and her lover, Irish-American Police Detective James Hagan, team up, determined to expose the ruthless British TV magnate who will stop at nothing to have his way with anyone who gets in his way.

  •  Lia Lee: A red hot and very cool villain.

From Atlanta to London and to the edge of the Everglades, good and bad people clash. Some live to fight another day.

DEADLY NEWS is available in hardback, trade paperback and as an ebook for Kindle, Nook and iPad.


Don & Chris were a dynamic duo when I worked with them in Atlanta, and they’ve proven they still are with Deadly News, set mostly in the city they know and love. Their wealth of experience from decades in the news business provides a rich and well-informed backdrop for an explosive, exciting thriller.

former Today show star, CBS Evening News anchor, host of her own nationally syndicated program, Katie

I’ve known Don Farmer for years and I’m here to tell you he is the one person uniquely positioned to pen this thriller. He knows the news business, Atlanta and his beloved Southwest Florida.Add to that his irreverent sense of humor and knack for spinning a yarn and you have some great reading ahead of you.

Nationally syndicated radio talk show host and author

Deadly News cleverly weaves together the fast-paced worlds of media and crime.

TV host, anchor

From the Deep South to the edge of the Everglades, Deadly News is a riveting must-read that propels you full-speed on a roller coaster ride through intrigue, murder and the underside of the “news business!

Host of “Nancy Grace” on HLN network and former felony prosecutor

Don Farmer and Chris Curle traveled the world covering news as reporters and anchors. They know the people behind the stories and the details that never make the news. Deadly News captures the behind the scenes drama of intrigue, violence and character flaws that make a story so compelling. You won’t be able to put it down.

Nationally syndicated radio talk show hostand host of Evening Express on CNN’s HLN Channel

Leave it to Don and Chris to truly capture the craziness of the TV news business. Deadly News is fun, funny, fast-paced and more accurate than you might believe. I know these characters. I’ve interviewed these characters. And, depending on the assignment, I’ve been these characters. Two seasoned pros got it dead-right.

News Anchor, WABC TV, New York

Murder dives into a pool of media at the Atlanta Olympic games. The crime, captured on live TV, sets off a crackerjack romp through the glistening halls of media power with its screaming producers, schemers and appalling greed, to the swamps of Florida with its hungry crocodiles. There’s revenge, jealousy, ambition, humor and a delicious blend of crazy players in a media world Don and Chris know well. They grew up in it. Leave the lights on. You’ll be up late reading this one.

One of the first news anchors hired at CNN, there from Day One

The best books are written by the best reporters. Don and Chis always have distinguished themselves with their thoroughness and storytelling. In this thriller, they’ve done it again.

Veteran CBS News Correspondent

The satire is biting. The story is compelling. The writing is crisp. Nobody can depict the complexities of how the media covers a complicated story better than Don Farmer and Chris Curle. They bring an insight from years of experience in a television newsroom and behind an anchor desk. Deadly News is a look at the world of media, politics, and money. Don and Chris take you on this satirical journey that will keep you turning pages long after the late news has signed off.

Long time weatherman, One of the “originals” at CNN

Don Farmer has had a notably successful career in TV news at every level – local, cable and network. He was often frustrated by the absurdities of the business but never lost his sense of irony or his ability to see humor in TV news’ outrageous aspects. These qualities serve him well in writing Deadly News. His wife, Chris Curle, an experienced journalist who co-anchored with him for many years, also contributed importantly to this work. With verisimilitude oozing from every page and character, Deadly News is a murder thriller that unfolds against a backdrop of the Olympic Games. But at heart it’s a rollicking satire on the television news business and the sometimes very peculiar people who populate it.

Veteran ABC News foreign affairs expert and diplomatic correspondent

A first-rate thriller from Don Farmer and Chris Curle whose careers in television make them uniquely qualified to create non-stop action inside and outside the newsroom. It’s a fresh, funny, keep-you-up-all-night winner!

Bestselling Author of Castle Bravo

If you like laws, sausages, and news, it’s probably not a good idea to to see how they are made. But this recipe of the Olympics, Atlanta, a grisly death, and the inner craziness of TV news goes down smoother than sweet tea and shrimp and grits. Tim Dorsey and Carl Hiaasen watch out. Don Farmer and Chris Curle have the scoop in Deadly News!

Sportscaster, Fox Sports

Deadly News is a crackling thriller infused with fiendish humor and teeming with predators — alligators, crocodiles, and ultra-dangerous media sharks! Only real insiders like Don Farmer and Chris Curle can explain how truly frightening TV news can be.

CBS News Justice Correspondent

TV News captures millions of viewers worldwide, but what the audience doesn’t see, behind the scenes, comes to life in this mystery thriller. Deadly News is a non-stop romp, as TV news becomes part of the sensational events, told with skill and humor by journalists who have been there.

Former executive vice president of CNN, author of Play Like a Man, Win like a Woman