JINNAH'S BACK PAGES, PT. 1

THE WORLDS OF HAKEEM JINNAH

 

 

FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS: THE WORLD OF THE MONSTER NEWSROOM

 

The Monster is a crusading, kick-ass kind of news outlet. They constantly clash with the police, politicians and courts. They're so strident they're known as "Elle La-sneera." As with so many e-publications, the staff is small and poorly paid. The place is run by the editor, Pauline Frost. "Frosty" was a Pulitzer Prize winning senior reporter for several big U.S. dailies before quitting to found the Monster.

 

Frosty has built a team of like-minded journalists to fill her newsroom. Technically, they're all sound. They all know how to shoot videos and work the myriad of online and design programs it takes to post, blog, tweet and Instagram material out onto the world-wide web. But while they may be like-minded, they're not necessarily as gifted as their boss. That's where Jinnah comes in: he’s supposed to double as both a kick-ass crime reporter and media mentor to the Monster's youthful news crew. Some, like videographer extraordinaire Elle Eastward are eager to learn.

Others, like the brilliant but politically-correct-to-a-fault Ronnie Fung constantly clash with the Great Jinnah-ji.

 

The one thing Jinnah can get them agree to is busting ass to beat the competition, especially his former KXSF colleague Caitlin Bishop. Jinnah helped turn her into ‘Frisco’s premier “journassassin,” but that didn’t stop her from taking Hakeem’s crime reporter beat before he was even escorted out of the building when he was fired.

 

 

NEW WORLD LAW AND ORDER: THE WORLD OF THE POLICE

 

Jinnah's main contact with the CCU is Lt. Cesar Gonzales. He's in a bit over his head and needs Jinnah's help to navigate the labyrinth of San Francisco's ethnic communities. Jinnah is initially reluctant to assist, but Cesar cuts a deal with him: help him make the CCU a success and Gus will do everything he can to help Hakeem catch his brother Zack's murderer. It's the start of what could be a beautiful friendship.

 

Jinnah's nemesis in the complex law enforcement landscape is Special Agent Patrick McKinley. Nicknamed "The Jesuit" because of his early religious training, McKinley puts the fear of God into cops and perps alike. He's got no time for this touchy-feely, culturally-sensitive crap that Gonzales claims is police work and would love to punch Jinnah's ticket to Guantanamo Bay. Jinnah eventually gets the goods on the morally-compromised McKinley and enlists his help in solving the double-homicide of Zack and Anika Swift. But The Jesuit be trusted?

 

 

 

 

 

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