Author Jim Kearney has worked as a television executive, writer, critic, and educator. Recently, he returned to fiction with MACK 1 Red vs. Blue, a topical mystery-thriller.
If Jim’s name is familiar, you may have heard him on the radio in Los Angeles. Throughout the 1990s Jim conducted weekly in-depth radio interviews with many leading TV writer-producers and executives. Noted guests also visited the graduate classes where Jim taught a generation of students about creative technique, and how to entertain large audiences.
No surprise, therefore, that MACK 1 Red vs. Blue reaches out to a broad audience. An identifiable hero battles a relentless opponent in a high stakes story. The pacing is swift, but there’s time for a dash of humor and a sympathetic family of characters. A fresh take on today’s “Red vs. Blue” political conflict gives the book topicality. Readers who enjoy romantic subplots will like the “fish out of water” quandary of an unattached conservative character living and working near the center of the liberal establishment, in New York City.
The backdrop of the novel is the communications industry, which Jim knows well. Those who sought his advice professionally made defining contributions over the years in syndication, network primetime, and cable originals. Jim served in executive positions in comedy development, cable programming, and media research, and has done production and writing work in sports, game shows, and public broadcasting.
A former student of Professor Marshall McLuhan, Jim most recently reviewed television for TVCriticism.com. He’s a native New Yorker, now married and living in Los Angeles.