Friday, February 24, 2006

Detective Work

I'm hopping across the border to Canada today to praise the reporting and writing of Jon Wells of The Hamilton Spectator. Through most of February, Wells' "Post Mortem" series has traced the work of detectives trying to solve the murder of a young woman. Wells' reporting is incredibly detailed, and he uses narrative techniques and multiple viewpoints to pace the series like a must-turn-the-page detective yarn. Gary Yokoyama's photos accompany the story and offer their own powerful narrative. In addition to deserving credit for giving Wells the time to work on "Post Mortem," The Spectator has allowed Wells to blog about each day's story, adding a behind-the-scenes look at how he developed the series. So far he has given us 17 chapters. I can't wait to find out what happens next.
Thanks to Brian Summers for the tip.


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