FICTION

Shining City

Ecco: HarperCollins. Feb. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780062475367. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062475381. F
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OrangeReviewStarKeep your friends close but your political enemies closer. Peter Rena and his partner, Randi Brooks, are "fixers" who are known for being extremely effective in making problems go away. That's difficult in Washington, DC, where the struggle for political power is ruthless. When a Supreme Court justice dies suddenly, Rena and Brooks are hired by the president to vet his replacement nominee. Judge Roland Madison is a political maverick, which makes the proceedings even more difficult for everyone. The nomination process then takes a deadly turn when Rena uncovers a series of seemingly random killings that might be connected to Madison. Could Madison also be a target? Rena and Brooks must race to figure out who is behind the murders as they try to protect the president from any political fallout and save Madison's life.
VERDICT Veteran journalist Rosenstiel's debut novel "shines" with page-turning intensity that will make readers hope that this book is the beginning of a new series. Highly recommended for legal and political thriller junkies and fans of David Baldacci and John Grisham. [See Prepub Alert, 8/26/16.]

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