Title: The Nominee
Publisher: Atria, New York
Publication Date: 2004
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good +
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good +
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition
First Atria Books hardcover edition September 2002, stated; first printing, full number line. Inscribed, signed, and dated in blue ink by the author on the half-title page: "To Paul Guzzi-- / With all best wishes for another great year for Boston / Brian McGrory / December 19, 2002 / The Carlin Lunch." Guzzi is a former Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth and currently the CEO of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Quarterbound in red paper-covered boards with a blue paper, silver-lettered spine. Book is tight and unmarked; slight spine slant; corners and spine ends bumped. The dust jacket is not price-clipped (original price $25.00); some edgewear at spine ends and corners. Brodart protected. Bookseller Inventory # 003867
Synopsis: Washington press insider Brian McGrory, whose debut novel, "The Incumbent," soared onto the national bestseller lists amid rave reviews, is back with a second sizzling political thriller featuring Jack Flynn, the intrepid newspaperman with the wry turn of phrase.
News is crackling all around him when Jack Flynn, ace reporter for "The Boston Record," is summoned to a secret meeting with his esteemed publisher, Paul Ellis. Ellis sadly reveals that the newspaper they both love, owned by his family for more than a century, is the target of a hostile takeover bid by a shadowy corporate chain. Desperate, he asks for Jack's help.
Already on the brink of a hot political scoop, Jack sets out in pursuit of a hidden truth. But that very day his life is threatened. "The Record" is beset by horrific tragedy. And a death from years ago no longer appears what it once seemed.
Now Jack is forced to question not only the words published in his own paper but the relationships that have been the bedrock of his life -- in particular those with his gorgeous ex-girlfriend, who writes for a rival tabloid, and with the venerable "Record" reporter Robert Fitzgerald, Jack's longtime mentor.
And all along, Jack is sitting on a goldmine of information that could torpedo the president's controversial nomination of the Massachusetts governor to be the next U.S. Attorney General. As he balances on a tightrope of personal and professional peril, shuttling from the swamps of central Florida to the corridors of Congress, then back to the alleyways of Boston, Jack is left with just two questions: Will his newspaper survive long enough for him to tell his story? Will he?
Combining breakneck speed andtension-packed plotting with the insights of a consummate political insider, Brian McGrory explores the ethics and direction of modern journalism and analyzes how, in this era of media saturation, reputations are made and too often destroyed. "The Nominee," peopled with irresistible characters that linger long after the last page is turned, confirms his position at the forefront of today's most talented young suspense writers.
About the Author: Brian McGrory has a biweekly column in The Boston Globe, and was previously the paper's White House correspondent. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. The Nominee is his second novel, and he is currently working on a new Jack Flynn thriller, to be published in 2003.
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