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C.P. Stiles effectively sets the time and scene in the first two pages. And the author's sharp descriptions make it easy to visualize what's happening from the very beginning. Some of the scenes are as clear as watching a movie.
Throughout the early chapters, we're introduced to a variety of players. Some mirror well known power brokers of the time, but all have a familiar authenticity we can still recognize among those roaming the nation's capital today.
Short chapters make it a quick read, and allow the author multiple points of view. Stiles' writing is sharp, and the story is told with humor, surprise, and promise. It's an enjoyable book with wonderful moments of hope.
Washington, what's the first thing you think? Politics and scandals. Would it ever occur to you that a war of vice would take place? Well it actually did, but not quite the way it's told here.
The setting is a very nice apartment building in a rather upscale neighborhood, on Connecticut Avenue, there is on the top floor a very discreet operation, a high dollar call house, in the 1940's. Things were going quite well, that is, until the DC Police and the FBI are trying to be the first to win a war on vice.
The author wrote a book that read at a nice clip and has humor to back it up. The author did a rather unusual thing, having the setting and the main character being the one and the same. The author writes with very good detail from the main character, Washington to the other characters and their surroundings.
Washington is rather famous then and now, of making people different, different from what they were when they arrived. The author gives a good clean and yet humorous look into Washington and world that it is. The characters are so real and you find them fascinating. A very innocent small town girl from Tennessee, who wants a taste of that adventure, going into a big city full of very important people. Then we have a congressman who has just been elected, whose main goal is to represent the people and his country. Our third character is very unlikely, a cop and you wonder what he's doing there. We get a taste of Washington then, when the scandals were very small compared to today. Is this where it all started? You'll wonder a little bit why you're smiling as you're reading. Scandals, they don't go away, they just grow and grow. And what a place to start, Washington. A peak into how it may have all started. Now it's full blown.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book from the author and PUYB and voluntarily decided to review it.