Shining City: A Novel

An NPR Book of the Year

Political fixer Peter Rena, who earns his living making the problems of the powerful disappear, is hired by the President to vet and confirm the next nominee for Supreme Court.

Appellate Court Judge Roland Madison, the former dean of the Stanford Law School, is a legal giant. He’s also, however, a political iconoclast, whose views don’t fit the ingrained ideological patterns dividing the country. That’s why the President wants him. It also makes a difficult confirmation process more complicated.

As Rena and his partner Randi Brooks uncover his colorful past, the competing factions of modern Washington mobilize with frightening intensity: ambitious senators, suspicious journalists and self-serving "public interest" groups on both sides of the aisle.

Then Rena realizes a string of seemingly random murders are connected to the judge. As the two drama's converge, Rena and his colleagues must keep the Judge safe, the nomination intact, and the political wolves away. 

Shining City has been hailed "as one of the smartest thrillers in recent history” and heart pounding page turner, full of insights about what is wrong with politics today, a book Michael Connelly called "a debut that will be remembered for years."