A polished and gripping political debut that Michael Connelly calls “an edge of your seat thriller,” Shining City is set in DC amid a harrowing Supreme Court nomination fight.
“Amazing. . . . Pulses with momentum. . . . A debut that will be remembered for years.” —Michael Connelly
Peter Rena is a “fixer.” He and his partner, Randi Brooks, earn their living making the problems of the powerful disappear. They get their biggest job yet when the White House hires them to vet the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Judge Roland Madison is a legal giant, but he’s a political maverick, with views that might make the already tricky confirmation process even more difficult. Rena and his team go full-bore to cover every inch of the judge’s past, while the competing factions of Washington D.C. mobilize with frightening intensity: ambitious senators, garrulous journalists, and wily power players on both sides of the aisle.
All of that becomes background when a string of seemingly random killings overlaps with Rena’s investigation, with Judge Madison a possible target. Racing against the clock to keep his nominee safe, the President satisfied, and the political wolves at bay, Rena learns just how dangerous Washington’s obsession with power—how to get it and how to keep it—can be.
Written with razor-sharp political insight and heart-pounding action, Shining City is a hugely impressive debut that announces a major new talent.
I was a First Read Winner of this book and I really enjoyed it. I was not sure if I actually wanted to read about politics at the moment, since I get my daily fill in the news, but I found Tom Rosenstiel's fist book a very promising start. I do agree that there were lots of characters that made no impact on the story and I would have rather known more about Rena and Brooks, but overall I thought the storyline was good and though it was moving at a leisurely pace it held my interested and I couldn't wait to find out how it would all end. I did learn a lot about what goes on behind the scenes in politics and I am pretty sure I would make a terrible Politician. It had action, a possible budding romance, suspense and I would not mind if this would turn into a series.
A story about politics and murder. The two stories start out separately and then seem to come together. It will keep you guessing. A lot of mystery about what is happening. Takes the entire story before they seem to start making the connection. A very different style of writing than I normally read. Thanks to Barnes&Noble Serial Reads for introducing me to this new author.
More than 1 year ago
Shining City by Tom Rosenstiel is almost a "ripped from the headlines" type of story that deals with the vetting of a potential Supreme Court Justice and background checks that are necessary to find out if the person is a worthy candidate. In addition to all the political behind the scenes action that is happening, there is a murderer on the loose who seems to be targeting people who are somehow connected to the nominee.
This story will keep you in suspense until the end. I found it well written and the plot and characters were well developed. This was a B&N serial read, where a few chapters are added each day to the app until the book is completed. This is a great way to meet a new author. I highly recommend this book.
More than 1 year ago
I saw this book featured as a Serial Read on Nook and decided to give it a go. I don't usually like political thrillers so this was a little out of my norm for reading material.
Peter Rena and his partner are Fixers, hired to fix problems for their clients. Everything from a Congressperson who has embezzled money to trying to cover up a pro football player's indiscretions to vetting a Supreme Court nominee seems to be within their purview.
The book was well-written, but it really went into too much detail about political machinations for my taste. According to this book, nobody in DC can be trusted and everybody is ready to stab their counterpart in the back. Maybe this is true, but it sure leaves a sour taste. Maybe this book was just a little too timely in light of everything going on in our country today.
I found myself skimming a lot of the book when it went into great detail about the whole procedure. On top of this, there is the whole separate storyline of a serial killer avenging his brother's death. Just a little too much going on to make this a great book.
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