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The nominee
McGrory, Brian.
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New York : Atria Books, 2002.
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376 pages ; 25 cm
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A sizzling thriller from Washington press insider McGrory, who stormed to the top of the political suspense A-list with his highly praised, national bestselling debut The Incumbent.

Author Notes

Brian McGrory is a columnist for the Boston Glove, and before taking his current position was the paper's White House correspondent. The Incumbent is his first novel.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Jack Flynn is back--in love with Boston; his newspaper, The Record; and his life as an ace reporter. Flynn has discovered that Governor Lance Randolph may have inflated his conviction record as district attorney to win the governorship. Several years ago, Randolph's father--then governor--was assassinated, and Randolph was perceived as the undeserving heir apparent. Democrat Randolph was nominated by Republican President Clay Hutchins to U.S. attorney general, adding a juicy factor to Flynn's developing story. Then Flynn's beloved paper is endangered by a hostile takeover bid and the murder of its publisher, Paul Ellis. Just before his death, Ellis enlisted Flynn to help investigate the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the previous publisher. As Flynn learns that the Randolph and Record stories are related--and his own life is on the line--he also discovers that his mentor and friend, longtime political reporter Robert Fitzgerald, has betrayed him and their paper. It's up to Flynn to sort out friend from foe in the unfolding drama. This suspenseful political thriller (following The Incumbent, 2000) benefits greatly from its insider's take on the newspaper world; McGrory is a columnist with The Boston Globe. --Vanessa Bush

Publisher's Weekly Review

Investigative reporter Jack Flynn is once again dodging assassins' bullets on the trail of a story that's even more politically explosive than he knows. Boston Globe columnist McGrory's second political thriller (after The Incumbent) crackles with newsroom energy as Flynn investigates corruption that's seemingly close to home: his beloved employer, the Boston Record, is about to be taken over and dumbed down by schlock-media mogul Terry Campbell. On a paranoid hunch from his boss, Flynn is sent to see whether Campbell had anything to do with the death, supposedly of natural causes, of the Record's publisher five years ago. The intrigue widens to include Lance Randolph, the compulsively poll-taking Massachusetts governor just nominated for attorney general, and Flynn discovers a much cozier relationship between politicians and some of his venerable Record colleagues than he had previously suspected. Flynn is a charmingly self-effacing narrator who never misses an opportunity to take a crack at politicos ("Randolph held onto the gun... like it was a campaign contribution"). McGrory offers a scathing take on the state of the news business, as well as the toadying and mutual mistrust that goes on between politicians and the press. Political junkies will love the roman clef details in his memorable portrait of a political scion nervously trying to live up to the family legacy. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Even in this age of hyper-multitasking, Jack Flynn deserves the award for super investigator. A star reporter for the Boston Record, he has to juggle two murders (and potentially his own, as he is being stalked by a killer), deceit at the highest level of state and federal government, a forced sale of his newspaper, and his own competitive romance with an ace reporter from a rival paper. It is a lot to cram between two covers, but for the most part McGrory does it successfully. Author of the well-received The Incumbent, also featuring the likable Flynn, McGrory weaves together the journalistic zeal of Rick Bragg with the mystery plotting of George V. Higgins. Surely, this is a failproof title for popular fiction collections in public libraries.-Barbara Conaty, Library of Congress (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.