Books: Searching for That Sting

Anonymous, a.k.a. journalist Joe Klein, returns for a second campaign with a new political novel

Every journalist has a novel in him, said Karl Kraus, and if he's smart, he'll keep it there. Countless potboilers by deadline drudges have proved the wisdom of Kraus' pitiless warning. But with Primary Colors in 1996, Joe Klein made himself an exception to the rule. Klein's first novel managed to survive the gimmickry of its initial publication. It was released, as the world will recall, under the byline Anonymous, making Guess the Author a favorite parlor game along the Washington-Manhattan media axis. With its deft plotting, crackling dialogue and a raft of engaging characters, thinly veiled and drawn from real...

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