The Accomplice by Charles Robbins
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In this stellar debut by journalist turned Washington insider and political writer Charles Robbins, an eager politico finds himself on the rise only to discover the perilous costs of success.

When Henry Hatten wangles a job as communications director for Nebraska SenatorTom Peele’s presidential campaign, he breathes a huge sigh of relief.  Smarting over a recent gubernatorial campaign in which his pulling a political punch may have cost his boss the race, he’s thrilled to be back in action.

This time around, Henry is determined to shuck his ethical qualms.  But he soon finds he’s facing more than he imagined.  The new gig turns out to be rife with scandal and corruption— just the kind of politics Henry so fervently sought to banish.  Events go from bad to worse as the depths of greed emerge, tracking the acceleration and excitement in the campaign itself.  Led by a ruthless chairman and filled with warring aides, hired thugs, fractious union bosses, and snooping reporters, the Peele campaign is shaping up to be quite the circus.  And that’s before Henry’s ex arrives on the scene . . .  

But when someone close to the campaign is murdered, Henry can no longer turn a blind eye.  As he conducts his own covert investigation, still more secrets emerge.  So deeply entrenched in the politics and manipulation, Henry must face a staggering reality in which his values are no longer his own.  But can he extricate himself and salvage the career he loves? And can he do so with his soul intact?  A brilliantly plotted and characterized political novel, The Accomplice takes readers into the guts of a brutal presidential campaign. 

 

About Charles Robbins

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A former daily newspaper reporter and editor, CHARLES ROBBINS ran press shops for two Congressmen, a Senator, a gubernatorial campaign and a presidential campaign.  As a Navy reserve officer, he wrote speeches for the Secretary of the Navy.  Robbins has co-written three nonfiction books with U.S. Senators. The Accomplice is his debut novel. 
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books. 367 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Having possibly cost his previous candidate an election, Henry Hatten thinks he's lucky to land a job as press secretary for presidential contender Tom Peele, a moderate Republican senator from Nebraska with Kennedy-esque looks and charm.

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Former newspaper reporter Robbins (Life Among the Cannibals, with Sen. Arlen Spector) brings his experience in the political arena to his first novel, a riveting look at how love, lust, and murder can derail a presidential campaign.

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Denver Post

Indeed, so fervent is Henry's commitment to the higher virtues of truth and authenticity that, when a prostitute shows up at his apartment door — a "reward" from Peele's sleazy chief consultant — Henry declines her advances because he notices that the hooker has had breast augmentation.

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City Book Review

Since he’s remained relatively uncontroversial in Washington, he’s thought to have a good chance of winning the centrist votes.

Nov 19 2012 | Read Full Review of The Accomplice: A Novel

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In this stellar debut by journalist turned Washington insider and political writer Charles Robbins, an eager politico finds himself on the rise only to discover the perilous costs of success.

Oct 25 2012 | Read Full Review of The Accomplice: A Novel

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