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GRASS ROOTS
STUART WOODS
ISBN #: 978-0-06-171156-5
First Printed May 1990/ Reissued January 2009
Harper
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
Paperback
$9.99
606 Pages
Mystery/Suspense
Rating: 5 Cups

Will Lee is a lawyer and currently the Chief of Staff for Georgia Senator, Benjamin Carr. The Senator has stated that he would support Will in a run for the Senate in the future. He has been asked to participate in a high profile murder trial in his home county and feels that he cannot refuse.

Dr. Don Beverly Calhoun is a televangelist, white supremacist, and religious zealot. He is currently the Republican Party in Georgia’s second choice in a run for the Senate.

Will Lee has politics in his blood as the son of a former governor of Georgia and due to his current job as the Chief of Staff to one of the most well respected senators in the country. He expects to make a run for the Senate at some time, but the sudden illness of Senator Carr pushes the time frame up a bit. Several issues real and fabricated are working against him, and his relationship with Kate Rule has hit a major roadblock. A group of white supremacists bring a former Atlanta detective into the picture.

I have to admit that the size of this book intimidated me at first, but within the first few pages I was totally hooked and rarely put it down until the end. Will Lee is an intelligent and competent person used to being in control of his life, and this campaign when Kate’s new job throws everything into chaos. The murder trial is a fascinating subplot as is Mickey Keane’s pursuit of the murderers of his partner. Dr. Don is an amalgam of the worst traits of every televangelist out there. There is no shortage of villains -- we have politicians, white supremacist, religious zealots, and opportunistic journalists aplenty. Mr. Woods has written a masterpiece that stands up as well in 2009 as it did when it was first published in 1990.

Maura
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