Shining city by tom rosenstiel
Shining City (Peter Rena #1) by Tom RosenstielPeter Rena is a “fixer.” He and his partner, Randi Brooks, earn their living making the problems of the powerful disappear. They get their biggest job yet when the White House hires them to vet the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Judge Roland Madison is a legal giant, but he’s a political maverick, with views that might make the already tricky confirmation process even more difficult. Rena and his team go full-bore to cover every inch of the judge’s past, while the competing factions of Washington D.C. mobilize with frightening intensity: ambitious senators, garrulous journalists, and wily power players on both sides of the aisle.
All of that becomes background when a string of seemingly random killings overlaps with Rena’s investigation, with Judge Madison a possible target. Racing against the clock to keep his nominee safe, the President satisfied, and the political wolves at bay, Rena learns just how dangerous Washington’s obsession with power—how to get it and how to keep it—can be.
Written with razor-sharp political insight and heart-pounding action, Shining City is a hugely impressive debut that announces a major new talent.
And a killer looking for revenge…. This is a very fine debut novel. It is the story of a judicial confirmation, the personal and political aspects of such a fight, colliding with a quest for vengeance. One of my favourite reads of the year so far. I first started reading this during the presidential election, which was not a great idea.
Tom Rosenstiel is an American author, journalist, press critic and executive director of the American Press Institute. A journalist for more than 30 years, Rosenstiel worked as a media critic for the Los Angeles Times and chief congressional correspondent for Newsweek magazine and as co-founder and vice chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists. A graduate of Oberlin College  and the Columbia School of Journalism ,  Rosenstiel began his career as a reporter for muckraking political columnist Jack Anderson. He then spent 12 years at the Los Angeles Times , most of those as a media critic and Washington correspondent. In , he founded the Project for Excellence in Journalism, an institute that studies the press performance. PEJ, among other studies, produces the annual State of the News Media Report that takes stock of the news industry, the weekly News Coverage Index that monitors the coverage of the mainstream media and the weekly New Media Index that monitors social media and blogs. Rosenstiel also co-founded the Committee of Concerned Journalists , an organization of journalists around the world working in different media concerned about the future of public interest journalism.
Shining City - Key Scene
Thank you! Investigating the background of a Supreme Court nominee, a problem-solver for hire falls into the path of a killer. The author of several nonfiction books and a former reporter for Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times , Rosenstiel makes his fiction debut with an uncertain blend of Washington-insider novel and thriller. Rosenstiel crafts a hero, Peter Rena, who has many soul mates in this genre. Rena has a troubled past.
Rena and his partner Randi Brooks are pulled into a challenging new assignment from the president after the death of an aging liberal Supreme Court justice, who keels over on the golf course with a heart attack. They get the difficult job of screening a potential judicial nominee to replace him, with the added pressure of making sure he gets confirmed. The process of checking out a potential Supreme Court nominee might not seem the stuff of political thrillers, but author Tom Rosenstiel goes about it by offering perceptive details of the complex process, a smart cast of political and media characters and timely shifting from one chapter - and location - to another. And running in a parallel plotline is a shadowy West Coast character with a taste for homicide. How these two plotlines are related is a mystery through most of the book - and keeps the pages turning. While Rena , pronounced rehn-nah as he occasionally reminds his clients, has a fascinating background, he leads a less than compelling life these days, recently divorced and childless.