Shakedown Beach (Paperback)
St. Martins Press-3pl, 9780312307738, 352pp.
Publication Date: June 1, 2005
The Governor: Gardner "Rebound" Rothman---married, family values New Jersey Republican with White House fantasies, a terrible secret, and a controversial position on young interns: he's for 'em
The Tart: Simone Lava, the voluptuous Miss Little Egg Harbor Township. Rebound keeps her hidden away in Atlantic City's seedy Celebrity Motel where she practices waving like a First Lady---a title she's been promised, if she'll just lay low during election season.
The Fixer: Chief Willie Thundercloud, former pro wrestler who runs the Jersey Shore's most ruthless damage control firm. The chief digs up the macabre truth about the governor.
The Pollster: Jonah Eastman, maverick political strategist raised by his mobster grandfather, who gave Rebound his start. Jonah knows only one thing can save the congenitally deceitful governor: a whopping, heartfelt lie.
Shakedown Beach rips open the slats of the Atlantic City boardwalk to impart the big lesson of American politics: when forced to look into one's soul and confront the painful truths of murder, corruption, and sexual depravity, don't be an idiot---hire the nastiest operatives money can buy and duck, dodge, and spin to November.