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Preview — The Rules of the Game by Leonard Downie Jr.
The Rules of the Game
Sarah Page, a rising star at the Washington Capital, has been assigned to cover the dark world of politics and money in Washington. But when she begins to investigate an influential lobbyist and his clients, she realizes that ...more
Sarah Page is a reporter for the "Washington Capital" who is trying to make it big in the newspaper business. She begins to work on a story that will uncover the political and financial corruption in the United States Government.
Susan Cameron, who has just been elected Vic-President of the United States, finds herself the first woman President when the President dies.
Sarah finds herself ...more
Read just after Alexandra Berzon of LV Sun won (as part of team) the public service Pulitzer for coverage of construction deaths at CityCenter in LV and on LV Strip.
Main character is a young aggressive woman reporter at Washington Capital. (Downie is former editor at WashPost, which won many Pulitzers during his tenure).
Sarah Page is the heroine who uncovers corruption, almost gets killed several times, gets stymied on several stories by the female U.S. president herself.
Let's be clear: newspaper critics like books written by newspaper editors about newspaper reporting. With that filter in place, critics agreed that this smart debut novel provides an engrossing take on Washington politics; Downie's years of experience at the Washington Post and as a Washington insider give the novel an authenticity -- from the setting to the characters, all of whom seem to play by their own rules -- rarely found in the genre. But it is Downie's first work of fiction, and a few r...more
The characters were believable although the protagonist spent too much time not listening to her inner voice. Immaturity perhaps, but disappointing.
Love the idea of a female president although not sure why author had to dis her near the end after building her up so much.
The story is meant to be a thriller and there are some interesting moments, but sometimes gets too bogged down in trying to get it "real" over building a story.