Having just lost her social media job when the environmental group she worked at shut down, Laura Delaney heads to Washington, D.C., to attend a conference of progressive activists to network for a new job. But she finds a body backstage during a political trivia contest — a major player in the political blogging world. So she teams up with Washington political reporter David Wainwright to search online in the worlds of social media and the political blogosphere to find out who committed the murder — and why.
Along the way, Laura and David see firsthand the foibles of the Beltway media, explore political extremes, and demonstrate how people handle instant communication in today’s world. They also discover a shared fascination for politics, Star Trek, and each other.
The book is told from a liberal point of view but is politically even-handed and points out the benefits of taking a balanced approach to politics. It is filled with up-to-the-minute examples of news and social media, including tweets, cable news broadcasts, text messages, and political blog posts from both the right and left. And bad karaoke.
About the Author
Sher Watts Spooner lives in Oak Park, IL, and has spent her career as a newspaper reporter and editor on one national weekly and three daily newspapers. An admitted political and media junkie, she also runs a website, politicalmurder.com, in which she blogs about politics and media and offers a daily changing "political murder of the day," ranging from assassinated politicians to historical massacres to murdered civil rights leaders. Check it out, or look for highlights on Facebook and Twitter. Follow us on Twitter: @SherSpooner. And find out how to buy more upcoming books in the Political Murder series.