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The 500

The 500The question to ask when reading this gripping new Beltway white-knuckler isn't ''Where have I seen this before?'' but rather ''When was the last time...The 500Mystery and ThrillerThe question to ask when reading this gripping new Beltway white-knuckler isn't ''Where have I seen this before?'' but rather ''When was the last time...2012-05-25Reagan Arthur Books
POLITICAL PLAY Borrowing heavily from The Firm , Quirk's new thriller focuses on Washington's corrupt upper echelon

POLITICAL PLAY Borrowing heavily from The Firm, Quirk's new thriller focuses on Washington's corrupt upper echelon

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The 500

Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Author: Matthew Quirk; Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books

The question to ask when reading this gripping new Beltway white-knuckler isn’t ”Where have I seen this before?” but rather ”When was the last time this was done so well?” The answer to both questions is probably The Firm, John Grisham’s paranoiac thriller sine qua non, from which Quirk borrows liberally. He stops short of tort (Grisham’s a lawyer, after all) by relocating the story of a Harvard grad with a too-good-not-to-be-evil new job to the upper echelons of Washingtonian influence in The 500. Granted entry into a lobbying group less about PowerPoint presentations than power struggles, our hero soon discovers his puppet-master employers aren’t quite what they seem. Again, no surprise, but Quirk is such an expert in escalation that, like a frog in a pot of boiling water, you’ll be done before you even realize it. A-