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1990 Stories by Tom Fitzpatrick

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  • IMMORAL VICTORIES

    published December 26, 1990

    We make the mistake of rooting for the underdog. Pretty soon, our hearts cloud our judgment. That's why I felt so sure the other... More >>

  • THE MYTH OF JUSTICE

    published December 26, 1990

    "When it came to a dead reporter," John Harvey Adamson said, "they just put him in the ground and turned him over to the worms." ... More >>

  • THE PRATTLE HYMN OF THE REPUBLIC

    published December 19, 1990

    Rather than write a formal criticism of the Arizona Republic under the regime of its new publisher John P. "Skippy" Zanotti, Tom Fitzpatrick... More >>

  • Yule Be Sorry

    published December 19, 1990

    I am not sending Christmas cards to the following this year: The Circle K clerk who insists on charging me a one-cent tax each time I... More >>

  • HE SHALL OVERCOME

    published December 19, 1990

    There should never have been a doubt. Those two Smitty's supermarket workers who allegedly strangled Ric Rankins last July deserve... More >>

  • If You Asked . . .

    published November 28, 1990

    John Madden's routine is growing more than a bit tired. For the first time, I found it impossible to vote for either candidate in the... More >>

  • THE SHAME OF THE SUN DEVILS

    published November 28, 1990

    In the final seconds, the pass was intercepted. Larry Marmie spun his body completely around with an involuntary motion. If it had been... More >>

  • Days of Whine and Ruses

    published November 28, 1990

    The expression that came over Robert Bennett's face each time Senator Dennis DeConcini attacked him was riveting. The special counsel for the... More >>

  • What Makes John McCain Run?

    published November 14, 1990

    John McCain can stop running now. The race is over. It's time for McCain to sit erect in a chair with television cameras whirring and face... More >>

  • DECONCINI'S DEAD END

    published November 14, 1990

    The first time Dennis DeConcini left home it was to attend the University of San Francisco. As a college undergraduate, he was... More >>

  • HATE TAKES A HOLIDAY

    published November 14, 1990

    I wanted to turn off the television set. Though it was two in the morning, I sensed that Terry Goddard would hold his lead over Fife... More >>

  • IN COLDEST BLOOD

    published November 7, 1990

    The first thing you notice about James Styers as he walks into the courtroom is how pale and frightened he seems. He wears a dark,... More >>

  • JAIL MY WIFE . . . PLEASE

    published October 31, 1990

    I looked into the eyes of Darwin Schultz and immediately understood that he was going to do all the talking. I could sense the terrible... More >>

  • THE LOST GIRLS

    published October 31, 1990

    Jami Goldman is 21 years old and still trusting enough to think most people are on her side. She's also a double amputee who is... More >>

  • GIVE MARMIE THE HEAVE-HO

    published October 31, 1990

    I went out to Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday and Sunday to get a firsthand look at Arizona's two professional teams. The big... More >>

  • THE HARD LOT OF HEROES

    published October 24, 1990

    If it's Thursday, this must be Oakland. It's three in the afternoon. I'm standing on the playing field of the Oakland Coliseum... More >>

  • TOURING THE TERRIBLE BEAUTY

    published October 17, 1990

    We were driving south from Shannon Airport, heading for tiny Kenmare, in County Kerry, not far from Ireland's fabled southwest coast,... More >>

  • CHARLIE KEATING'S JAILHOUSE BLUES

    published October 10, 1990

    The punishment of Charles Keating has begun. Even before a jury has been chosen, a California judge, eager to increase his voter-approval rating,... More >>

  • The Selling of John McCain's Soul

    published October 10, 1990

    A writer of fiction most certainly would enjoy a rare literary feast in sitting down to write a novel based on the rise and fall of Senator... More >>

  • ON LADIES IN THE LOCKER ROOMS

    published October 10, 1990

    I changed planes in Boston last weekend on the way home from my vacation in Ireland. While waiting to catch the plane for Phoenix, I bought both... More >>

  • A DEATH IN TELLURIDE

    published September 12, 1990

    TELLURIDE, Colorado--There are stories so rich in converging dramatic angles that few readers are willing to spend the time to trace... More >>

  • Charlie's Fallen Angel

    published August 29, 1990

    It's true. Every hero really does become a bore at last. And now it's Senator John McCain's turn. McCain, Arizona's most charismatic... More >>

  • RUBBING OUT RACISM, SYMINGTON-STYLE

    published August 15, 1990

    J. Fife Symington III had left explicit instructions he was not to be disturbed under any circumstances. Alas, even in the world of the... More >>

  • THE YO-YOS INVADE YUMA

    published August 15, 1990

    Local television is an important medium. It does, however, have some serious limitations. Television functions best when the... More >>

  • SMITING ANTI-SEMITISM, STEIGER-STYLE

    published August 8, 1990

    The life of a man running for governor is no longer a thing to call his own. Running the race for the state's top office is in... More >>

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