Thursday, October 4, 2018

Twelve essential political scandal thrillers

Peter Stone is a lifelong fan of thrillers on the big screen, small screen, and page. Prior to his career in TV and film marketing, he worked in Washington, DC, first as an intern on Capitol Hill and later as a Spanish tutor for a former Speaker of the House. The Perfect Candidate is his debut novel.

At CrimeReads he tagged twelve essential political scandal thrillers, including:
Michael Dobbs, House of Cards

Before Netflix introduced the world to a despotic DC in the American series and the BBC released its take on British bureaucrats behaving badly—Michael Dobbs’ novel started it all. I tracked down a copy after I’d binged the US adaptation, and I found the UK-based inspiration to be even colder and more disturbing. Prime Minister wannabe Francis Urquhardt stalks the halls of Parliament with unnerving ease and disturbing charm. Barely evading the chase of his past sins, the deliciously devious chief whip’s actions would make even Machiavelli phone the Ethics Committee.
Read about the other entries on the list.

House of Cards is among Jeff Somers's ten best political thrillers and Terry Stiastny’s ten top books about Westminster politics.

--Marshal Zeringue