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The Rules of the Game

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"Washington novels, whatever their literary shortcomings, usually attempt to capture a particular Washington of a particular time. The Rules of the Game does this to a certain literal extent — the plot involves matters such as torture and black sites and furtive lobbyists and shady government contractors and so on — but at its emotional core what it attempts is precisely the opposite: it is a rewriting of the non-fiction history so that everything works out the way it is supposed to work out." Michael Tomasky, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

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Publisher Comments:

From Leonard Downie Jr., longtime editor of The Washington Post, an eye-opening novel of corruption, deception, and intrigue in our nations capital.

Sarah Page, a rising star at the Washington Capital, has been assigned to cover the dark world of politics and money in Washington. But when she begins to investigate an influential lobbyist and his clients, she realizes that little is what it seems. As Sarah digs deeper, one of her sources is murdered and others disappear. She herself is the target of a car bomb, and a late-night caller warns that she is jeopardizing national security. And while she is determined to pursue the story wherever it leads, her own romantic indiscretions leave her vulnerable.

Sarah is helped by Pat Scully, an evasive, cryptic source in hiding; Kit Morgan, a ubiquitous presence in the national security community whose employer remains a mystery; and Chris Collins, a cooperative congressman whose motives are obscure. When President Susan Cameron—suddenly thrust into the job when her predecessor dies in the White House—is confronted with what Sarah has found, the scheming of her top aides and her own political survival come into conflict with her duty to the country.

No one knows more about Washington, its inner workings and secrets than Leonard Downie Jr. And no novel has better captured the tensions among business interests, politicians, and the press, or the morally ambiguous ways in which all three really work. The Rules of the Game is a riveting and searing debut.

Review:

As the case of Rod Blagojevich demonstrates, people involved in politics can sometimes view the rules of their game very differently from the rest of us. The Illinois governor was allegedly so convinced that there was nothing wrong with selling a Senate seat that when an FBI agent called to say he was about to be arrested, Blagojevich asked if it were a joke.

Leonard Downie Jr.'s... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

About the Author

Leonard Downie Jr. was executive editor of The Washington Post for seventeen years, during which time its news staff won twenty-five Pulitzer Prizes, including three Pulitzer gold medals for public service. His books include The New Muckrakers and The News About the News: American Journalism in Peril (with Robert G. Kaiser), which won the Goldsmith Award from the Joan Shorenstein Center at Harvard Universitys John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is now a vice president of The Washington Post Company and lives with his wife, Janice, in Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307269614
Subtitle:
A novel
Author:
Downie, Leonard Jr
Author:
Downie, Leonard, Jr.
Author:
Leonard Downie, Jr.
Publisher:
Knopf
Subject:
Political corruption
Subject:
Women presidents
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Political fiction
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090113
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.48x6.60x1.20 in. 1.38 lbs.

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"Review A Day" by , "Washington novels, whatever their literary shortcomings, usually attempt to capture a particular Washington of a particular time. The Rules of the Game does this to a certain literal extent — the plot involves matters such as torture and black sites and furtive lobbyists and shady government contractors and so on — but at its emotional core what it attempts is precisely the opposite: it is a rewriting of the non-fiction history so that everything works out the way it is supposed to work out." (read the entire New Republic review)
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