The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear

The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear

A Novel

Book - 2016
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"In this election caper from a leading political operative and commentator, a cynical campaign manager finds his family skeletons coming out of the closet on the eve of the convention"--
New Orleans in July is hot and sticky and squalid, and J. D. Callahan is displeased to be back in his hometown. His candidate, the sitting vice president, is neck and neck with an anti-immigrant, right-wing populist as the Republicans head into their first brokered convention in decades on the heels of a staggering global economic crisis. Then J. D.'s estranged brother shows up he threatens to reveal a family secret that would ruin the legacy of their civil rights journalist father and destroy J. D.'s own reputation. With damage to contain on all sides, J. D. is forced to reconcile the political career he's always put first with the past he's tried to leave behind.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780451493194
0451493192
Branch Call Number: STEVENS S
Characteristics: 257 pages ; 22 cm

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Sep 09, 2016

// . . . I would walk through a lion's den in pork-chop panties before I would . . . \\
The writing is sharp, concise and humorous and biting, portraying the dirty politics in a national election, not unlike a Nixon dirty tricks or Bush dirty tricks election, with some humanism thrown in. Warning: unless the reader falls into the vermin category, she or he will not identify with any of the characters in this novel, but still worth a read!

This is a particularly American book, although France's Sarkozy's first election might have appeared thusly [but the Americans, Negroponte and Wisner figured into that, so . . ]

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