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Law of Gravity by Stephen Horn
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Jun 21, 12

bookshelves: fiction, mystery-crime, politics, thriller, own-it
Read in June, 2012

A taut, political thriller that kept the reader fully engaged in the story. Normally this reader would not rate a story with plot twists that were blatantly obvious and one major detour that seemed pretty contrived five stars, but on the whole this was a book that begged the reader to keep on reading, just one more chapter. The main character, Philip Barkley, is a damaged soul, who lost his child, his wife, and his ambition, basically in that order and is one short step way from losing his job as a Justice Department lawyer. His ex is now the wife of a Senator, who is the presumptive nominee for president when the current president's term expires. The Senator has a problem that needs to be cleaned up before it derails his political ambitions. Suffice it to say that Philip is called upon to keep the investigation honest and he faces untold dangers when he doggedly manages to do that even when all of the political pressure has been marshaled against him. The only drawback to the story was that the reader kept putting the next puzzle piece in place long before the protagonist and had the whole picture pretty much figured out early on. The ending was a mild surprise, only in the extent of its gentleness. The righteous crusader would want something more visceral. But again, this was a tale that the reader just couldn't put down for long. Here's hoping that the author has a few more books in him.
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