Washington Masquerade by Warren Adler


Fiona is an odd bird. Quite difficult and very used to getting her own way. In her relationships it seems to be her way or the highway.
I have to be honest, if my partner thought it was completely normal to wake me up in the middle of the night to discuss topics that are bothering me or to rekindle a previous fight, then I would be far from happy. Keeping in mind that princess Fiona sleeps first and then wakes her lover up to debate politics or anything in general that might happen to annoy her.
She also seems to have a penchant for picking lovers, who think it is alright to fling disgusting insults into an argument about politics, just because someone disagrees with him.
Not very politically savvy at all.
Politics play a minor role in the story and yet it seems as if the author has used it as a platform to give a little insight into the difference of opinion about the President. He shows the huge fissure between the supporters and the opponents, which is quite volatile. Comments like ‘he should be hung by the tree like a beast’ are an indication of just how deep the emotion goes. An emotion I think actually borders on hatred.
That strong negative tidal wave of emotion gives way to a great distrust in regards to the upper echelon of power and creates a widespread paranoia. The mantra being, the government and the President are out to get us and destroy us. They will do anything to keep their secrets. He will do anything not to get caught.
I found that sub-plot quite interesting.
The main plot was done in an unusual way. The reader already knows the who, the why and the what and figuring out the who-dunnit is very simple. The reader gets to watch the detectives try and figure out what we already know. It was a very Columboesque way of doing things, but without the strong detective character to go with it.
Fiona seems to play second fiddle to her much more astute colleague Izzy. I am not sure why his ethnicity and religion were brought into focus so often though.
What this book did suffer from, and I believe it was to the detriment of the story, was the repetitiveness. Many things were repeated over and over again, as if to make sure the reader had understood them. For example, the fact that Fiona and Phil had been involved before he met his wife, and that their one sexual dalliance was memorable in a sense that it wasn’t. That particular tidbit was repeated quite a few times.
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.


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