The Rules of the Game

The Rules of the Game

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Random House, Inc.
From Leonard Downie Jr., longtime editor of The Washington Post, an eye-opening novel of corruption, deception, and intrigue in our nation’s capital.

Sarah Page, a rising star at the Washington Capital, has been assigned to cover the dark world of politics and money in Washington. But when she begins to investigate an influential lobbyist and his clients, she realizes that little is what it seems. As Sarah digs deeper, one of her sources is murdered and others disappear. She herself is the target of a car bomb, and a late-night caller warns that she is jeopardizing national security. And while she is determined to pursue the story wherever it leads, her own romantic indiscretions leave her vulnerable.

Sarah is helped by Pat Scully, an evasive, cryptic source in hiding; Kit Morgan, a ubiquitous presence in the national security community whose employer remains a mystery; and Chris Collins, a cooperative congressman whose motives are obscure. When President Susan Cameron—suddenly thrust into the job when her predecessor dies in the White House—is confronted with what Sarah has found, the scheming of her top aides and her own political survival come into conflict with her duty to the country.

No one knows more about Washington, its inner workings and secrets than Leonard Downie Jr. And no novel has better captured the tensions among business interests, politicians, and the press, or the morally ambiguous ways in which all three really work. The Rules of the Game is a riveting and searing debut.

Baker & Taylor
When journalist Sarah Page uncovers the dark secrets of a powerful lobbying firm, she finds her very life at risk from powerful and ruthless forces that will do anything to stop her, while President Susan Cameron confronts a choice between her own political future and the nation's well-being after learning of Sarah's discoveries. A first novel. 25,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Sarah Page, a rising star at the Washington Capital, has been assigned to cover the dark world of politics and money in Washington. But when she begins to investigate an influential lobbyist and his clients, she realizes that little is what it seems. As Sarah digs deeper, one of her sources is murdered and others disappear. She herself is the target of a car bomb, and a late-night caller warns that she is jeopardizing national security. And while she is determined to pursue the story wherever it leads, her own romantic indiscretions leave her vulnerable.
Sarah is helped by Pat Scully, an evasive, cryptic source in hiding; Kit Morgan, a ubiquitous presence in the national security community whose employer remains a mystery; and Chris Collins, a cooperative congressman whose motives are obscure. When President Susan Cameron - suddenly thrust into the job when her predecessor dies in the White House - is confronted with what Sarah has found, the scheming of her top aides and her own political survival come into conflict with her duty to the country.

Baker
& Taylor

When journalist Sarah Page uncovers the secrets of a powerful lobbying firm, she finds her life at risk, while President Susan Cameron must choose between her political future and the nation's well-being after learning of Sarah's discoveries.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307269614
0307269612
Characteristics: 320 p. ; 25 cm

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