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Senator
     

Senator

3.4 72
by Richard Bowker
 

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Jim O'Connor, the Republican senator from Massachusetts, is a handsome, charismatic family man—and a future contender for the presidency.

But when O'Connor discovers his mistress brutally murdered in her apartment, he becomes a number-one homicide suspect of the Boston Police Department.

With November on the horizon and his campaign spinning out of

Overview

Jim O'Connor, the Republican senator from Massachusetts, is a handsome, charismatic family man—and a future contender for the presidency.

But when O'Connor discovers his mistress brutally murdered in her apartment, he becomes a number-one homicide suspect of the Boston Police Department.

With November on the horizon and his campaign spinning out of control, the Senator must hunt down a killer in the capital of lies—in order to salvage his battered political career...and his own life.

REVIEWS:
"An exciting mystery... Those with a taste for mixing politics and murder will savor the tale to the end." ~Booklist

"Bowker is a smooth and sensitive writer." ~The New York Times Book Review

"Senator actually is three stories in one: a political thesis, a murder mystery and a morality tale, each complementing the other in a skillful blend that is as contemporary as today’s headlines. Senator is timely, profound, and suspenseful." ~Cape Cod Times

"A page turner... Well worth reading." ~Library Journal

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
If Bowker ( Replica ) hasn't combined The Last Hurrah and All the King's Men , he's come pretty close. Narrator James O'Connor, a young Republican Senator in heavily Democratic Massachusetts, has a month to go in his reelection campaign when he finds the body of ex-mistress Amanda in her Back Bay Boston apartment. The plot tracks O'Connor's attempts to find the killer, avert scandal and win the election, but the real story concerns the Senator's relations with his family: a privacy-craving wife, a precocious daughter, a widowed father and a ne'er-do-well older brother born the same year as he, his ``Irish twin.'' Almost as important are his trials with friends and foes, including a campaign worker in love with him, a manager with White House dreams, a slavishly devoted driver, the archenemy Boston D.A. and the Governor trying for his seat. All these characters come alive, most notably an emotionally restrained, proud, puckish father, who laments: ``Two sons . . . one a lush, the other a Republican. Where did I go wrong?'' Though the political setting rings wonderfully true, we don't quite see the rather stiff-necked narrator as a natural politician, much less as a lover of the glamorous Amanda. But the plot remains practically bullet-proof, right up to the surprising, ambiguous ending. (Apr.)
Library Journal
Several life forms are featured in this page turner, among them crooks and politicians, (interchangeable) girlfriends, campaign workers and hangers-on, family members, and old buddies. Having extricated his brother from troublesome situations involving the IRA, gunrunners, and neighborhood toughs, Attorney General Jim O'Connor sets himself up for even more trouble by pursuing another term in the Senate. The investigation into his girlfriend's murder opens a can of worms big enough to start a chain of bait shops. Will the murderer be caught? Will the family find out? Will O'Connor remember which lies are really the truth? This novel is well worth reading if only to restore one's cynicism about political maneuverings. For popular collections.-- Lynn Thompson, formerly of Ozark Regional Lib., Ironton, Mo.
Gilbert Taylo
The skeletons in the closet of Jim O'Connor, Bay State Irish pol and presidential aspirant, rattle loud and suspensefully in this exciting mystery. Prime suspect in the knife murder of a young female reporter, O'Connor lies about his amours with the victim, telling investigators that their assignations were innocent news interviews. If the fibs, once revealed, don't blow his career out of the water, ancient political enemies closing in on long-hidden ties to a mobster lurk just as dangerously beneath the surface. An ongoing reelection campaign lets Bowker inject ruthless aides into the action but also furnishes the means for releasing a mainspring in the mystery: in a debate, Senator O'Connor recalls a 1969 Harvard riot. Its radical leader (latterly turned speculator) knows a few critical secrets about the murder that O'Connor, in desperation, tries to pry loose to vindicate himself. Ultimately, the perp turns out to be the person least expected. Those with a taste for mixing politics and murder will savor the tale to the end.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781614173090
Publisher:
ePublishing Works!
Publication date:
06/02/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
271,070
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Critically-acclaimed author Richard Bowker has published a variety of novels including science fiction, mysteries and thrillers. When he isn't writing, Richard enjoys life with family and friends, and offering thoughts on writing, reading and learning at richardbowker.com

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Senator 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm still reading this and am determined to finish. I love political mysteries but this reeeeeally moves slowly. Interesting plot. Maybe the ending will make it all worthwhile.
Starrigger More than 1 year ago
One of Richard Bowker's best novels -- full of characters who are not just interesting but believable. Bowker's style is clean and spare, but also engaging, vivid, and fast moving. I read this when it first appeared in hardcover, and am glad to see it back in print as an ebook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This political mystery was a free Friday offering. Right off the bat, I subtracted a star because of the profanity. Why do author's think profound cursing adds to the book? Then I subtracted another star because the book is long winded and boring. Star three was subtracted because the author seemed to become bogged down in what could have been plot, but he got lost and did not seem to know where to go about half way through. I subtracted the fourth star, because I became frustrated with the characters. The author should have put white hats on the good guys and black on the bad because it became hard to tell them apart. There is violence, sex, murder and other adult themes. For ages 18 and up. I did not enjoy this book very much. It is a yawner. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just eent nowhere fast...a bit too boring and slow for my liking. Gave up about 120 pages in. Hopefully I was right in my decision?
Obi-Wan-Klobie More than 1 year ago
A killer of a thriller! A real thrill ride! A friend of mine, someone with a darn good record of recommendations, had recently read Senator and thought it was great. Now I know what he was talking about. The main thing for me is that this book just flies. Reading it I kind of felt like Jim O'Connor was in the room with me and I just had to listen to him. The author, Richard Bowker, brings this man to life with such ease, but amazing depth as well. And I think with such a compelling main character and narrator, that's what makes the plot such a great ride. I always love to be careening along with the people in the story. Senator sure does that. Just buckle your seat belt for the end. (I'm not telling. You'll see.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
interesting premise but not worth it
MIBookseller More than 1 year ago
Awful -- tops my list of time-wasting reads!!   It opens with "the senator" discovering the body of his murdered mistress and goes NOWHERE!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading Richard Bowker's DOVER, I knew I wanted to read something else by this author & I chose this book. I'm so glad I did! I couldn' t put it down. The character's were real and I became totally engrossed from the get go. Buy this & you won' t regret it!
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It rambled. It just seemed to go on and on and yet it went nowhere. Towards the end, I just skipped ahead. It wasn't the worst book I ever read but it wasn't that good either.
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jebs More than 1 year ago
A thoroughly interesting read for all who crave suspense and excitement as well as the touch of living in the world of politics.  I am anxious to read Mr. Bowker's next novel, Replica.  Read Senator and enjoy the ride.
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BooksWithCoffee More than 1 year ago
I give five stars to this reflective narrative which explores three ideas that naturally go together; politics, forbidden relationships, and secrets. The story is tightly woven with surprising yet believable twists. The author allows us to become intimate with the Senator's daily life. His handling of every issue of every minute of every day directly effects the outcome of his as well as others lives. He is fully aware of this weight. He has to pick and chose as he reveals different levels of truth. This practice is not solely subscribed to by politicians. If we were honest, we would confess that we each do this. Did you tell you husband the amount you just put on the charge card? How do you answer your children when they ask about your teenage years? What reason did you give the officer for your speeding? The information we choose to share directly effects us as well others every day. The information choices The Senator makes can be seen as both good and bad. A seemingly casual comment to a reporter, his staff or his family, can have a domino effect. Each comment made can either leave the hearer confident, questioning, or both. What is the connection with an old college roommate? With the reporter? With the political opposition? How does the Senator and others manipulate the events leading up to the election? I came away with the realizations that whichever side of the political isle you are on, I realize both sides experience the same questions, doubts, and goals. Favorite line, "Everyone is guilty, but everyone is innocent."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Attention keeping and interesting enough