Investigative reporter Jack Flynn is once again dodging assassins’ bullets on the trail of a story that’s even more politically explosive than he knows. Boston Globe columnist McGrory’s second political thriller (after The Incumbent) crackles with newsroom energy as Flynn investigates corruption that’s seemingly close to home: his beloved employer, the Boston Record, is about to be taken over and dumbed down by schlock-media mogul Terry Campbell. On a paranoid hunch from his boss, Flynn is sent to see whether Campbell had anything to do with the death, supposedly of natural causes, of the Record’s publisher five years ago. The intrigue widens to include Lance Randolph, the compulsively poll-taking Massachusetts governor just nominated for attorney general, and Flynn discovers a much cozier relationship between politicians and some of his venerable Record colleagues than he had previously suspected. Flynn is a charmingly self-effacing narrator who never misses an opportunity to take a crack at politicos (“Randolph held onto the gun… like it was a campaign contribution”). McGrory offers a scathing take on the state of the news business, as well as the toadying and mutual mistrust that goes on between politicians and the press. Political junkies will love the roman … clef details in his memorable portrait of a political scion nervously trying to live up to the family legacy.