An intelligent and propulsive international political thriller in which political fixer Peter Rena is hired by the president to investigate the bombing of an American military base overseas
When a shadowy American diplomatic complex is attacked in North Africa, the White House is besieged by accusations of incompetence and wild conspiracy theories. Eager to learn the truth, the president and his staff turn to Peter Rena and his partner, Randi Brooks. The investigators dive headfirst into the furtive world of foreign intelligence and national security, hoping to do it quietly. That becomes impossible, though, when it blows up into an all-out public scandal: Congress opens hearings and a tireless national security reporter publishes a bombshell exposé.
Now, Rena and Brooks are caught in the middle. The White House wants to prevent debilitating fallout for the president, the military appears to be in shutdown mode, the press is hungry for another big story, and rival politicians are plotting their next move. Rena learns the hard way that secrets in Washington come with a very high price.
With intelligence, style, and a breakneck pace, The Good Lie explores the contours of secrets, lies, and the dangers of a never-ending war.
Praise for Shining City:
“One of the smartest thrillers in recent memory.” —Dallas Morning News
“A debut that will be remembered for years.” —Michael Connelly
“Skillful and memorable.” —Wall Street Journal
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About the Author
Tom Rosenstiel is the author of Shining City. He’s also the executive director of the American Press Institute and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He lives in Maryland.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well written and captivating initially, but too quickly unraveled in final chapters. Great subject matter, making it enjoyable anyway.
Smartly written, with enough twists and turns to keep me engaged through the whole book.
Sorry the end leads to another book that’s not available.
Was this a lame attempt to fabricate a transparent fig leaf for Benghazi? The lies were necessary to protect a brilliant attempt to infiltrate the terrorist organizations? Too many similarities to have been a coincidence. Not poorly written, but I just could not fully embrace the story because I continually suspected an ulterior motive for writing the book.