A tragic accident takes the lives of six children. They are burned to death when an out-of-control tractor-trailer slams into the family van. This horrific accident begins the story of corruption and politics in the world of Chicago and Illinois. The political corruption emerges when the driver of the tractor-trailer confesses that he bought his license from the DMV for a contribution to a political fund-raiser and a bribe.
This view of the disastrous consequences of corruption begins the story of the rise to power of the first African American President. The details of corruption brought about by the quest for money and power come right out of the pages of the newspapers, if anyone is looking. I was fascinated by the detail the author brings to the story. He doesn't give any relief from the ugly facts of how politicians get into office, including the highest office.
This book is fiction, but in many cases thinly veils the actual happenings that you see on the news. Politics is a corrupt game. The people we elect are often not what they seem and their desire is not to do the best for the citizens of the country, but to get their share and enforce their will on the country.
This book is a page-turner. The author gives us characters, particularly Mars Gregory, a man close to, but not really part of events. He watches in disbelief as his partner and the other players do things to gain their ends that at the beginning of the novel he would have found unbelievable.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you're a political junkie, it's a must-read. If you want an education in the seamy underside of politics, this book will open your eyes and have you listening to the news more critically.
I received this book from Net Galley for the review.