Peter Rena is a “fixer" who earns his living making the problems of the powerful disappear. He and his partner Randi Brooks get their biggest job yet when the White House hires them to vet the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court.
Appellate Court Judge Roland Madison, the former dean of the Stanford Law School, is a legal giant. At the same time, he’s also a political iconoclast, whose views make the already difficult confirmation process more complicated. Even some of president's own party oppose him.
Rena and Brooks and their team scour the judge’s past, uncovering a secret along the way, while the competing factions of Washington D.C. mobilize with frightening intensity: ambitious senators, suspicious journalists and self-serving "public interest" groups on both sides of the aisle.
The story becomes more complicated when Rena discovers a string of seemingly random killings may intersect with their investigation--and Judge Madison is a possible target.
Rena races the clock to keep the Judge safe, the nomination intact, and that political wolves at bay.
Shining City is a both a heart-pounding thriller and also a novel of Washington intrigue, full of insight about the capital really operates and the forces that make our politics process dysfunctional. Michael Connelly has called it "a debut that will be remembered for years."