Thursday, November 08, 2007

Pg. 99: Jamie Malanowski's "The Coup"

The current feature at the Page 99 Test: Jamie Malanowski's The Coup.

About the book, from the publisher:
A savagely funny and knowing political satire about a vice president with an irresistible itch to move up a notch.

Godwin Pope, the current vice president of the United States, is bored out of his skull. The one-time software billionaire and hyperconfident alpha male has been reduced to the most empty tasks while the administration of President Jack Mahone sinks lower and lower in the polls with every gaffe and self-generated fiasco. Into his orbit swings Maggie Newbold, the sexy fallen-star journalist with a bad habit of sleeping with her sources, who's on a rehabilitation tour with Newsbreak magazine. Pope sees in Maggie the instrument of his salvation, and he sets into motion a plot of incredible subtlety (and, he believes, untraceability) whereby the Mahone administration will be so tarred by scandal that even though the president didn't actually do anything, he'll have no choice but to resign. Leaving the chair in the Oval Office vacant for Pope's ascension, just as he deserves. Drawing on our current political climate (the incestuous relationship between the press and the politicians, government agendas driven by scandal and spin, raging ambition and toxic competition at the highest levels) while telling an unforgettable and ingeniously plotted story, The Coup is deliciously cynical, unsurpassingly witty — and dismayingly believable.
Among the praise for The Coup:
“A Romp Through the D.C. Underbrush”
New York Observer

“Malanowski out-Buckleys Christopher Buckley.”
Wall Street Journal

“A Carl Hiaasen-style take on Washington's greed and power lust.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Jamie Malanowski's satirical novel will be required summer reading for C-SPAN watchers, who will happily ... find a knowing dissection of the media-politics nexus.”
Washington Post

The Coup is utterly entertaining, a smart, very 21st century Washington story where no one is entirely good or evil and the surprise ending is not just a great surprise but witty and believable and altogether satisfying.”
—Kurt Andersen, author of Turn of the Century and Heyday

“Jamie Malanowski has written a biting and hilarious satire of the Journalistic-Political Scandal Complex. A hapless president and a hooker. An evil, conniving vice president, and a journalist horny for her next big scoop. They fall in and out of power while they fall in and out of bed. Where does Malanowski come up with this stuff?”
—Paul Begala, contributor to CNN’s The Situation Room

“Malanowski's portrait of a master political double-dealer is as entertaining as it is scary.”
Publishers Weekly

The Coup [is] a Primary Colors for the Bush years.”
Washington CEO magazine
Read an excerpt from The Coup, and learn more about the book and author at Jamie Malanowski's website and his blog.

Jamie Malanowski is the managing editor of Playboy. He is the author of the novel Mr. Stupid Goes to Washington; co-author with Kurt Andersen and Lisa Birnbach of the play and book Loose Lips; co-author, with Martyn Burke, of the HBO movie Pentagon Wars; and co-author, with Susan Morrison, of the humor book Spy High.

The Page 99 Test: The Coup.

--Marshal Zeringue