Shining City: A Novel

Peter Rena is a Washington fixer with a knack for getting to the bottom of people’s problems and making them go away. A former top military interrogator, he also tends to shock clients with his advice they come clean if they are guilty. As they find their way in the hyper-polarized dysfunction of political Washington, Rena and his partner have just one principle when it comes to their “consulting:” they only work for people they trust. It’s a condition that makes them highly sought after and even more controversial — because it means working for people in both parties.

When the enigmatic President of the United States calls on Rena to vet his candidate to be the next Supreme Court Justice—and to ensure a confirmation—Rena fears he may be forced to decide between living by the code and angering the world's most powerful person.

SHINING CITY tracks the nomination of the legal iconoclast and Renaissance writer Edmund Madison—Harvard law graduate, Stanford Dean, appellate judge—a legal theorist whose ideas anger the left as much as the right. In the era of supercharged partisanship and social media character assassination, can Madison's nomination survive? And is President sincere in wanting it to? Or might he be setting up Madison--as well Rena and his partner Randi Brooks--in a bigger political game? 

The situation intensifies when Rena discovers a possible threat against Madison’s life. Rena realizes that a series of seemingly random murders far away from the nomination drama may be connected to a case Madison once presided over--one that may place the Judge on the target list. As Rena navigates the cynicism of the city, and the coming hearings, the murder story and the nomination drama converge. SHINING CITY is an insightful political thriller set inside hidden modern Washington.