Catherine looks to be a "shoe-in" for the presidency until someone starts blackmailing her about an event in her past. When she learns that the blackmailer is a member of her own staff the ante is upped and the hunt is on.
This is a thrilling, fast paced novel. The characters are well-developed and believable. Fitzgerald does a great job depicting the downward spiral and unraveling of the blackmailer. Catherine is a strong, independent female character who would certainly get my vote.
I was hesitant when I started the novel as the election cycle had just ended and I was on politics overload. The story was so compelling though, that I forgot about that in short order.