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Product Details

  • Paperback: 446 pages
  • Publisher: Smallridge Publishing (April 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985220503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985220501
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,229,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Books just don't come any better than this. Brent Wolfingbarger has penned a political thriller that puts him in league with the big boys." - Chapters&Chats.com

"It's a really well-written book, with some of the snappiest dialogue I've read in a long time. . . Mr. Wolfingbarger manages to include some real texture to his characters, which adds a level of emotional drama to an already interesting story." - Rose McClelland @ The Unbound Underground

"The author has delicately, and very adeptly, managed to balance a political thriller with some romance, avarice and a bit of comedy. . . It was a relishing read. . ." - IndianBookReviews.com

"THE DIRTY SECRET was fantastically written, halfway through it had me at a point that I just couldn't stop thinking about it...Wolfingbarger has created a thriller that kept me engrossed and intellectually stimulated..." - StoryWings.com

"This book has it all, politics, intrigue, murder, adultery, bribery, blackmail, love. . .The whole plot of this story is woven together so well, the further the story goes the deeper and deeper these manipulations go." - Shelly Greninger @ {Dive} Under The Covers

About the Author

Brent Wolfingbarger has been practicing law for almost two decades, representing both Democrats and Republicans in closely contested, high-profile election law battles.  He spent five years as a prosecutor in West Virginia, handling the full spectrum of cases including murder, sexual assault and computer-related crimes and actively focusing on cutting-edge issues related to the acquisition, analysis and use of digital evidence in criminal cases.

Wolfingbarger lives in Washington, DC where he continues to work as a prosecutor, handling white collar financial crimes and violent crimes committed against elderly and disabled victims. 

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Brent Wolfingbarger has been practicing law for almost two decades, representing both Democrats and Republicans in closely contested, high-profile election law battles. He spent five years as a prosecutor in West Virginia, handling the full spectrum of cases including murder, sexual assault and computer-related crimes, and actively focusing on cutting-edge issues related to the acquisition, analysis and use of digital evidence in criminal cases.

Wolfingbarger lives in Washington, DC where he continues to work as a prosecutor, handling white collar financial crimes and violent crimes committed against elderly and disabled victims. Visit his website at www.wolfingbarger.com

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By The Unbound Underground on July 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm going to say 5 Stars out of 5: Maybe teen audiences won't get some of the political subtext (though I've known some pretty sharp teenagers) but I really can't think of much to criticize about this book. Great characters, great plot, great focus and an interesting treatment of politics, some really enjoyable dialogue and well-executed action. It's a complex book without being overly complicated, and people looking for a read with some interesting ideas, some interesting characters, or a nice fast-paced plot that doesn't feel like something you've already read a handful of times, this is a great choice. Mr. Wolfingbarger seems way more interested in showing the dimensions of political life instead of touting or defending any one perspective, and if there's a cynicism to the portrayal of the American political system, it's at least a cynicism that most people will probably relate to.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jodi Chapters on June 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Dirty Secret

Books just don't come any better than this. Brent Wolfingbarger has penned a political thriller that puts him in league with the big boys.

Brent has an extensive background as a lawyer. Currently a Prosecutor in Washington D.C, he has worked on cases involving malpractice, computer-related crimes and rallied for the right of elderly and disabled victims of violent crimes; often working with task forces involving multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Attorney's Office. This father of two uses his experience as a Prosecutor in writing an honest look inside the political arena.

The Dirty Secret takes the reader into the back-room of the political process involved in a presidential election. In the opening of the book the reader becomes privy to a conspiracy designed to keep a criminal from extradition by means of rigging the election. What ensues is a tug of war between Democrats and Republicans to garner enough votes and win the presidency.

Now I admit I know nothing, seriously nothing, about politics. When I started the book I was instantly captured with the first chapter, which laid the groundwork for the story. But when I hit chapter two, and the legalities of the electoral process began, I was worried I would be lost, and truly that wasn't the case. Brent Wolfingbarger lays everything out in a combination of legal and layman terms that had me wanting to know more, and made the story that much more interesting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dnae on June 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book has so many elements of twists, turns and surprise! I'm not much of a person for politics or law, but this book was easy to follow and made sense to me. The political an legal jargon was used in ways that made it understandable so as to comprehend the different things being played out in the book. I like how the characters started off independent and then converged on a single scheme. This book has everything, from conspiracy to love, and from scandal to murder; just when you think you know what's going to happen, you're taken to a fork in the road.

"For some reason, one of Benjamin Franklin's most famous saying invaded his consciousness: 'Three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead.'" (kindle loc. 505)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sadie Forsythe on June 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a fairly straight-forward political thriller. In the beginning there are a number of loosely connected characters following their own paths. It invites the reader to speculate how they might eventually intersect and when the proverbial fecal matter hits the proverbial rotating blades it isn't in quite the way you expect. Which is a pleasant surprise.

The characters are nicely fleshed out and most are even likable. The language is sprinkled with the kind of colorful sayings that make me miss the American good 'ol boys, some of it quite witty. You really find yourself invested in rooting for everyone.

There is quite a lot of legalese, or at least descriptions of how the laws around the electoral process works. I found some of it a bit like sitting through a civics class, but it really is necessary to understand how the attempted scams are meant to work. So though it causes the middle of he book to sag a little it is worth it. Additionally the whole tail end kind of hangs precariously on a number of convenient coincidences, but where would political thrillers in general be without coincidence? Plus, the purex measuring cup scene was pretty classic.

All-in-all The Dirty Secret is a nicely bundled and entertaining read that I would recommend for those who have an interest in politics.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shelly329 on June 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Never in a million years would I have thought I would enjoy a book like this. It's not likely that I would have picked it up on my own either. I was contacted by Brent Wolfingbarger a couple weeks ago, he asked if I would read and review it so I jumped at the chance to broaden my horizons a bit, or in this case a lot. There are a lot of things that I know next to nothing about and politics is one of them! I know that I am horribly uninformed, but I would like to think that I learned a little by reading this book.

This book has is all, politics, intrigue, murder, adultery, bribery, blackmail, love. You name it, it's in there somewhere. The story starts moving pretty fast from the first chapter. There is a lot of information in the first 1/4 of the book. I ended up taking notes so I could remember who everyone was and what party they represented. Once I connected who was who and who they worked for, etc...it was much smoother reading. On a technical note, I think it would have been a smoother read if the author has chosen to refer to the characters always by the first or last name, instead of switching back and forth (this is why I started taking notes, to keep them all straight). Once I hit that spot where I had everyone figured out, though, I was hooked and I read nearly the last 300 pages in one sitting!

There were a couple of characters that I really liked. I liked Rikki from the start. She reminded me so much of Ashika on a BBC show called Party Animals. It was about British politics, so it was even similar in theme. I knew even less about what was going on there! I also really liked Jack, he was hard not to like. Even though they supported opposing parties it was neat to see how well they got along in the midst of all of this.
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