Fiction - General
336 Pages
Reviewed on 05/10/2013
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Author Biography

Steve Piacente (@wordsprof) has been a professional writer since graduating from American University in 1976. He serves today as creative director for The Communication Center, a Washington, D.C.-based public relations firm. Steve started as a sportswriter at the Naples Daily News, switched to news at the Lakeland Ledger, and returned to D.C. in 1985 as correspondent for the Tampa Tribune. In 1989, the native New Yorker moved to the same position for the Charleston (SC) Post & Courier. In 2002, he joined the U.S. General Services Administration as speechwriter, and later became deputy communications director, managing GSA’s web and social media team. Today he also teaches journalism classes at American University, and is a corporate writing instructor.
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Reviewed by Martina Svyantek for Readers' Favorite

Steve Piacente’s “Bootlicker” begins with a harsh crime set in 1992; the reporter Dan Patragno is on scene late at night to gather information on a domestic crime before the next edition of the paper hits the streets. His work on the crime beat ends when he is transferred to cover the latest political campaigning going on in South Carolina, delving into the darkest portions of American Southern history and heritage. Each character brilliantly brought to life by Piacente helps create this interwoven tapestry of deceit and politics, all with the faint possibility of redemption in some far distant future.

I found this story to be a heart-breaking tale of guilt and choices. From the very first page, I was drawn into the hot and muggy world of South Carolina and its political scene in the early nineties. There is so much attention given to detail and the scene is so perfectly set that I found myself immersed into this setting and unable to put the book down. The intrigue, the quest for truth and justice, and the budding romance hits notes that are both edgy and familiar all at once. For those who lived during any of the political scandals in the recent years, this transcends what the public could imagine going on behind closed doors in Washington. Anyone who enjoys a good political thriller, or what I think of as the stories of “right, wrong, and what’s just plain convenient at the time” should enjoy this latest book from Steve Piacente immensely.