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Ratings are Murder

(1985)
(The fourth book in the Robert Christopher series)
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Bob Christopher, investigative reporter for Channel 3 in Los Angeles, is an old hand at ferreting out consumer fraud. He hardly feels that an all-out effort to reinstate Saint Christopher to the church's calendar fits that category. Then the cleaning woman who had taken up the saint's cause is brutally murdered.

Bob, guilty because he brushed the old woman off, is compelled to search for her killer. He finds himself dodging cloudbursts, raccoons, spilled blood, and his obsessed boss, who needs Bob's presence on the six o'clock news to improve the ratings. Adding to his problems is his elusive film editor, an entrepreneur usually too busy peddling stolen porno tapes to work on the program.

Through this hectic action wander rain-soaked fans in weird costumes vying for places and prizes on the station's game show. They make it easy for suspects - disguised as surgeons, nuns, and chickens - to melt into the crowd. As Bob Christopher approaches dead center of the web of murder, blackmail, chicanery, X-rated films, and station politics that infest Channel 3's rickety building, he gets closer to a killer who is out to make the reporter his next victim.

Genre: Mystery

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Hardback Editions

April 1985 : USA Hardback
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Title: Ratings Are Murder
Author(s): Robert Ralsteru Irvine
ISBN: 0-8027-5620-4 / 978-0-8027-5620-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Walker & Co
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Audio Editions

October 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Ratings Are Murder (Robert Christopher series, Book 4)
Author(s): R R Irvine
ISBN: 1-4830-3090-3 / 978-1-4830-3090-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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October 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Ratings Are Murder Lib/E (Robert Christopher)
Author(s): R R Irvine
ISBN: 1-4830-3088-1 / 978-1-4830-3088-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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October 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Ratings Are Murder (Robert Christopher)
Author(s): R R Irvine
ISBN: 1-4830-3089-X / 978-1-4830-3089-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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September 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Ratings Are Murder: Robert Christopher, Book 4
Author(s): Robert R Irvine
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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September 2014 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Ratings Are Murder: Robert Christopher, Book 4
Author(s): Robert R Irvine
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon AU   


September 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Ratings Are Murder: Robert Christopher, Book 4
Author(s): Robert R Irvine
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon CA   


September 2014 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Ratings Are Murder: Robert Christopher, Book 4
Author(s): Robert R Irvine
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

June 2013 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Ratings Are Murder (The Robert Christopher Series Book 4)
Author(s): Robert R Irvine
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
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