The novel is about an evolving Washington, D.C. political scandal and how perception, personalities and ambitions manipulate public opinion. It takes place inside the Nation's Capital Beltway, known for the dirty tricks and TV ratings, involving politicians, news media, pundits, pack journalism, poll takers and cocktail parties.
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Robson Vander is a Texas lawyer-politician who becomes a top Presidential aide after helping the President win in Texas. When the President nominates Robson as his Attorney General after the incumbent dies in office, and he meets Victoria Lee, a young university student with a drug problem, one night in a 14th Street bar, political sparks fly in a Washington that tourists seldom see.
Turns out beautiful Victoria is a political science major at American University and now roams the 14th St. Corridor with a serious heroin addiction.
The political opposition to the President, who is readying to run for re-election, gets wind of the nominee's perceived hanky-panky and begins to give it the old political spin, with the President in the middle of all the leaks to the press, cocktail gossip and back-stabbing.
With lots of twists and turns, including a noisy Senate confirmation hearing, drug lords planning assassinations and ghetto residents protesting in Lafayette Square the political yarn makes for a real blockbuster.
"We have a unique democracy," Attorney Clay said. "Our Founders worked to separate the branches of government so they can watch each other, which produces conflict, and to keep church and state separate creates more chaos, the courts to umpire, and the press free to moderate. It's supposed to work."
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The President got up, a sign he had terminated the meeting. He looked at Robson and said: "Rob, let me warn you, the witch hunters will be on the prowl looking for dirt. They'll be after me through you."