Political consultant Dev Conrad is doing his best to help secure a re-election victory for congresswoman Jessica Bradshaw, who s fighting a fierce battle with her far-right opponent, Michael Dorsey. Read more...
Political consultant Dev Conrad is doing his best to help secure a re-election victory for congresswoman Jessica Bradshaw, who s fighting a fierce battle with her far-right opponent, Michael Dorsey.
But the campaign is thrown into chaos when an assassination attempt is made on Jessica s life. She survives, and finds herself leading the race, but when the shotgun used in the shooting is found in the trunk of one of Jessica's staffers, the assassination attempt suddenly looks staged to win votes. With Jessica s campaign in ruins, Dev investigates. Who wants Jessica dead, and is the reason solely political? Someone is determined Dev won t find answers . . ."
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-05-11
- Reviewer: Staff
In Gorman’s intriguing fifth Dev Conrad mystery (after 2013’s Flashpoint), three shots are fired at congresswoman Jessica Bradshaw, who’s running for reelection, after she leaves a TV debate in Danton, Ill., where she faced off against her opponent, Trent Dorsey, a caricature of the right-wing rabble-rouser. The shots miss, and the would-be assassin escapes. A standard-model modern liberal who’s embarrassed by her personal wealth, Bradshaw is doing well in the polls, but her imperious and ambitious husband, Ted, could be a liability. In addition, the fragile health of their daughter, Katherine, is a worry. The discovery of the shotgun used in the shooting in a Bradshaw staffer’s car trunk suggests the incident was staged. Conrad, Bradshaw’s political adviser, determines to track down the guilty party. Readers of all political stripes will have as much fun following the maneuverings of Bradshaw’s and Dorsey’s respective campaigns as trying to figure out whodunit. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (July)