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The Session

4.75  ·  Rating details ·  8 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Sometimes, politics can be murder. State Rep. Anthony Parker fought his way out of one of the worst public housing neighborhoods on the East Coast to become a corporate lawyer and successful politician. He has a plan to revise property tax regulations to save the state's cities and small rural communities but it's going to be a fight. Meanwhile, an undercover detective get ...more
Kindle Edition, 516 pages
Published July 11th 2013
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Dean C. Moore
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Session is a political thriller that ranks among the more sophisticated ones I’ve read—no small boast when you consider how overpopulated this genre is. And I’m not referring just to the number of plot twists. Maybe I feel that way because this particular one feels more robust and full-bodied, like a great wine. While the political battles and in-fighting are entirely absorbing, this is also a story of social consciousness to make a bleeding heart liberal like myself smile. Even if it is pop ...more
Max Power
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an inciteful, intelligent thriller full of just about everything I want in a book. The political intrigue isn't too complex to lose you, something I have seen too often in this genre, but importantly the characterisation is superb and each new element that is introduced, adds to the story, where in lesser hands it would have only muddied the waters. Cracking dialogue, dark secrets and a clear understanding of the subject matter means that Mike Billington has yet again surpassed my expect ...more
Mark Tilbury
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a book that deserves your undivided attention. It did take me while to get into it, but once I did I found it engrossing. This is a political thriller with helpings of corruption, back handed deals and investigative journalists trying to uncover the truth. A winning combination that is pacey and entertaining. I found Parker to be a really well written character. He has so many facets to his personality that I found myself liking him, then disliking him, and back again. His complexities e ...more
Tom Benson
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The various agendas of those in power and seeking more is the vehicle which carries this excellent tale of wheeling and dealing, or as you and I might recognise it—corruption. A lot of good can be brought about by the right person in power, but taxpayer’s money can be syphoned for personal gain, and old, dark secrets can be covered. One of the problems with a secret is, that if more than one person knows the information—it isn’t a secret.
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Lucinda Clarke
Sep 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
BEHIND THE SCENES
I guess no one should be surprised at the wheeling and dealing that goes on behind the scenes in government but this book strips it bare – it could almost be a text book in how to succeed in politics. Quite a complex plot with a lot of characters. There were many terms which I think Americans would understand, but I was not familiar with. But a good story.
Rhoda D'Ettore
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to buy this book on sale, and I feel like I cheated the author. I have been reading this book for two days, and literally fell asleep with it last night then continued this morning! This is one of the best stories I have read in a really long time-- and I read often. I love crime thrillers, but rarely do we see plots and sub-plot woven together with such an impact! Imagine HBO's show "The Wire" meets "The West Wing" and then throw in Woodward & Bernstein! This could EASILY con ...more
Eric J. Gates
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Author Mike Billington’s tale of political intrigue and murder, ‘The Session’, is a must-read novel for anyone who enjoys the wheeler-dealer antics of present-day politics spiced with a good murder or two. The tale follows the events related to the presentation and review of a project that will drastically affect how public taxes are allocated in the state and the people that are involved with its journey through the legislator. All of these individuals have an agenda, often at odds with those t ...more
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