Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators (Paperback)
  • Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators (Paperback)

Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators (Paperback)

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Published: 02/07/2020
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The deeply disturbing tale of Hollywood cover-ups and governmental intimidation that dogged Ronan Farrow’s seismic revelations about the sexual abuse surrounding Harvey Weinstein, Catch and Kill is an incendiary piece of investigative journalism that shocks and appalls on every page.


'Riveting and often shocking'
Sunday Times

'Dripping with jaw-dropping revelations' Telegraph

New York Times

In a dramatic account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost.

In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood's most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family.

All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance that could not be explained - until now. And a trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood, to Washington and beyond.

This is the untold story of the tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability and silence victims of abuse - and it's the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.

'Darkly funny and poignant . . . a breathtakingly dogged piece of reporting' Guardian

'Reads like a thriller'
The Cut

'Meticulous and devastating' Associated Press

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780708899281
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 34 mm

[A] scoop-filled book, part reporting memoir, part spy thriller . . . Riveting and often shocking . . . Catch and Kill has gone off like a hand grenade in the world of New York media . . . compelling * Sunday Times *
A thriller. My word, you thirst for more . . . Catch and Kill is a rip-roaring account of the years spent chasing the Weinstein story and its spin-offs. It's a deep dive into the world of US media, Hollywood pay-outs, Donald Trump's eccentric ways, spies and spineless editors. And is it gripping . . . The page-turner, as illustrated by Farrow's Weinstein confrontation, is dripping with jaw-dropping revelations and moments of astonishing pathos . . . Farrow's reporting is incredibly rigorous. He has spoken, he said, to over 200 sources. It's evident in the book; the breadth of the story is staggering. He has the private eyes and the NYPD, the accusers and the whistleblowers. It's a rollicking read; I found myself laughing out loud, aghast, at the details, or else reading out segments to colleagues. Not since Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury - an eye-watering account of life inside the White House, in the first months of the Trump presidency - has a book so comprehensively lifted the lid on something so troubling * Telegraph *
Farrow knows he has a humdinger of a story, but he also has a nuanced appreciation of how women are smeared and discredited, of how the lines dividing news and show business have blurred . . . lively and wide-ranging * The Times *
Extraordinary . . . As some American critics have already observed, Farrow's narrative has the pace of a thriller . . . Farrow's book captures the terror and paranoia that eat away at Weinstein's victims for the simple reason that he comes to experience them himself, a human mirror. The producer's sphere of influence extends ever outwards, like the powerful arms of some giant squid -- Rachel Cooke * Observer *
Meticulous and devastating . . . Catch and Kill is part All the President's Men, part spy thriller * Associated Press *
Moves at a brisk pace, feeding readers each revelation in real time, interspersed with personal notes that make the stories stick -- Claire Landsbaum * Vanity Fair *
Read this book . . . Farrow's greatest success was to listen, believe and act, even at his own peril -- Maria L. La Ganga * Los Angeles Times *
Absorbing . . . The behavior documented in Catch and Kill is obviously and profoundly distressing . . . But there are some hopeful threads, too -- Jennifer Szalai * New York Times *
Darkly funny and poignant . . . a winning account of how it feels to be at the centre of the biggest story in the world. It is also, of course, a breathtakingly dogged piece of reporting, in the face of extraordinary opposition -- Emma Brockes * Guardian *
At the heart of every great noir is a conspiracy of evil that imbues the initial crime uncovered by the hero with a weightier resonance than was immediately obvious. So it goes with Catch and Kill -- Emma Bruenig * Washington Post *
Reads like a thriller ...The reveal in Catch and Kill is not that there are corrupt people; it's that corrupt people are in control of our media, politics, and entertainment and that, in fact, many of them remain in control -- Rebecca Traister * The Cut *
The year's best spy thriller is stranger - and more horrifying - than fiction . . . He weaves a breathless narrative as compelling as it is disturbing . . . bracingly exposes the rot that's persisted across elite American institutions for decades -- David Canfield * Entertainment Weekly *
Engrossing * Hollywood Reporter *
Catch and Kill is exhaustively reported . . . and compulsively readable, with nearly every page revealing a provocative detail about a household name in media or entertainment -- E. J. Dickson * Rolling Stone *
Humour is the impressive and, indeed, surprising quality found in this meticulous account of how Farrow helped bring down Harvey Weinstein in 2017 . . . An essential account of the story that will scar Hollywood for years * Sunday Times *
Gripping * The i *
Gripping and humorous * Mail on Sunday *
Packed with skulduggery and subterfuge, this is the account of how Harvey Weinstein tried to stop Farrow breaking his Pulitzer-winning story on him in October 2017. It's a deep dive into the world of US media, Hollywood payouts, spies and spineless editors. And is it utterly gripping * Daily Telegraph *
I have rarely read a more compelling account of the systematic reality of sexual harassment in the workplace. Things might be slowly changing but this book shows that the culture that normalises abusive behaviour remains pervasive and owes its persistence to the insidious ways in which it downplays the emotional toll this has on women -- Luigi Gioia * The Tablet *

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“Catch and Kill”

This books reads like a thriller but sadly is all too true. An incredibly important book about Ronan Farrow's years spent chasing the Weinstein story, and all the ways in which so many women were not only subject... More

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“Catch & Read”

Definitely one of the most important books I read in 2019, though certainly a tough one to read in places. It's about sexual predators in Hollywood and how the powerful ones get away with it because the media... More

Hardback edition
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“spy thriller meets tragedy”

Farrow is such an immensely talented writer, it is entirely seamless how he blends the third person view of the spies and his own precarious reporting through the different chapters. He never shies away from... More

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