Encountering the daughter of a political candidate at the Democratic National Convention, Jack Gold, an idealistic lawyer, finds himself caught up in Burry's world of dirty tricks, society parties, and the New York media
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Fletcher Knebel meets Generation X in this novel about life in a major political campaign. Jack Gold is burned out at 29, utterly exhausted from his work on a quixotic presidential campaign. He's about to return to his job as an attorney for a left-wing public interest law organization when he meets and falls in love with the eccentric daughter of Early Quinlan, a moderate candidate for governor of New York. Because Quinlan is widely hated by old-style left-wingers (he was an apologist for Lyndon Johnson's conduct of the Vietnam War), Jack is fired from his job and winds up spying on the opposition gubernatorial candidate, trying to dig up a scandal or two to score points with his soon-to-be father-in-law. As he wrestles with his conscience about the ethics of what he is doing, Jack regains his moral compass by realizing that politics isn't all that important, that only people as individuals really matter. Author Weiss skewers politicians, lawyers, journalists, and socialites with equal panache, and the result is a merrily depressing look at the way we choose our leaders. George NeedhamFrom Library Journal:
Journalist Weiss's first novel is a disappointment. Meet Jack Gold, a young lawyer working in the camp of an African American candidate for president. After that campaign fails, he is sucked into another?that of Early Quinlan, who is running for governor of New York. Intrigued by Quinlan's daughter, Barry, Jack is soon immersed in the murky world of political dirty tricks and dubious motivations. Weiss provides a good plot, painting an intriguing canvas of New York society and poor little rich "kids" like Barry, but his portrayal of the central character is at fault; Jack is simply not engaging. His character is not fleshed out, and he seems much younger than his 30 years. Jack's various political and journalistic observations and his sudden insights at the end can't redeem this novel. With a flooded fiction market, save your funds for something a bit better.?Rebecca S. Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights
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Book Description St Martins Pr, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0312141009