What people are saying

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“Everything you hope for when you open a novel... The lurid underbelly of Washington’s political process is detailed in exquisite and startling accuracy... The writing is fast paced and exciting.”
— NICOLLE WALLACE, former White House communications director and author of Madam President
“Who knew that a Washington lobbyist could be as exciting and compelling a detective as Spencer, Harry Bosch, Travis McGee or Lew Archer? Tom Rosenstiel has done it. He has created a wonderful character and written a story which is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining. May this series have a very long run.”
— E.J. Dionne Jr., Syndicated Columnist
“Shining City is a smart, timely thriller that sends chills up your spine while capturing the verisimilitude of a ripped-from-the-headlines Supreme Court nomination process. Tom Rosenstiel is a writer to watch.”
— ALAFAIR BURKE, author of The Ex
“If they’d asked John Grisham to pen a season of House of Cards (not a bad idea, by the way), it would play like Shining City. Tough, smart, nuanced, and with a hammer pace....Pick up this book. Read it. You’ll love it.”
— MICHAEL HARVEY, author of Brighton
“Shining City is a brutal surprise for those of us who are like a fish out of water in Washington. It depicts the tough realities of insider politics while challenging our beliefs. Hard to put down, really good story telling.”
— Craig Newmark, Founder of Craigslist
“Shining City is an amazing novel full of insider knowledge and insights that could have only come from a writer who has been there. I don’t mean just inside the Beltway; I mean inside the places of power and justice. Combine that with a plot that pulses with the momentum of an edge-of-your-seat thriller, and Tom Rosenstiel delivers a debut that will be remembered for years.”
— MICHAEL CONNELLY, author of The Wrong Side of Goodbye
“Shining City couldn’t possibly be any timelier. Rosenstiel takes us behind the headlines as only an insider can with this first-rate tale of political intrigue and maneuvering. It’s so packed with authentic Washington detail, you can almost feel the humidity.”
— MATTHEW QUIRK, author of The 500 and Cold Barrel Zero
“At once gripping, cerebral, and eerily prescient, Shining City illuminates the darkest recesses of D.C.’s corridors of power. Tom Rosenstiel’s political machinations ring so true, you’ll wonder if he has the White House wired for sound.”
— CHRIS HOLM, author of The Killing Kind
You can’t talk about Shining City without using the word “timely.” Debut novelist and soothsayer Tom Rosenstiel has written the ultimate political thriller for our era. Fresh off the job of sanitizing a Congresswoman disgraced by her husband, Washington D.C. fixer Peter Rena is personally tapped by the President, an unlikely populist, to vet his Supreme Court Nominee. What follows is a fascinating blend of gritty suspense and chilling political insight that should appeal equally to fans of “House of Cards” and George Pelecanos.
— Thomas Wickersham, Brookline Booksmith