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A breathless and highly charged political thriller: the story of a senator who is offered the vice presidential slot by both parties' presidential nominees and then gets ominous threats

It's presidential primary season in Washington, DC, and both parties are on edge. At campaign rallies for all the candidates around the country, there are disturbing incidents of violence and protest and shocking acts of civil disobedience. Rena and Brooks are happy to sit it out.

Against this backdrop, Wendy Upton, the highly respected centrist senator, must make a choice: she's been offered the VP slot by both parties' leading candidates. When she receives an anonymous, unnerving threat that could destroy her promising career, she hires Peter Rena to investigate her past and figure out which side is threatening her and what they are threatening her with.

As Rena digs through the senator's seemingly squeaky-clean past, he must walk the tightrope between two parties at war with each other and with themselves, an electorate that is as restive as it has ever been, and a political culture that is as much driven by money as it is by ideology.



About the Author

Tom Rosenstiel

Tom Rosenstiel is a veteran observer of the political and media scene in Washington, D.C. The executive director of the American Press Institute and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, he was the founder of the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, as well as a correspondent for Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times. Tom has written seven books of non-fiction. Shining City is his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @TomRosenstiel



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