people's house book coverReviewed by Leigh Adamkiewicz

The 2016 election year has been a dumpster fire. Right now we need a lovingly written story of political intrigue. Something that makes us feel like we don’t have to choose between But She Paid Her Dues or Balding Brooklyn Hitler. Something that makes us feel like powerful government officials might – occasionally – be accountable for their back room dealings and dirty secrets.

The People’s House by David Pepper is a brilliant antidote to the election year blues. It’s marvelously paced, delightfully written, and a balm to the soul of people who can’t believe it took a full month for the DNC’s leaked e-mails to hit the mainstream press.

Jack Sharpe is a reporter. A burned out, frustrated, half in the bag reporter. His beat is politics. So he was there when Democratic Congressman Lee Kelly – “Landslide Lee” – lost for the first time in over a decade. That night, counties that had voted democratic for half a century suddenly flipped. No-name Republican candidates were suddenly catapulted into office. And, sure, Jack thought it was weird. But they weren’t paying Jack enough to sweat the details.

After Congressman Kelly died, Jack’s editor thought otherwise. The people wanted to know what happened, and Jack was the man who was going to bring them the story.

So Jack looked into the Congressman’s supposed suicide. Then he looked into the voting irregularities that the Congressman was trying to track down when he died. Which lead to researching who was supplying the voting machines. Now, Jack just wants know who is following him. And why his sources are turning up dead.

Jack needs to finish his expose, and fast, before his name turns up in the obituary columns.

Reading this was downright inspiring. The characters were lovingly developed, the situations clearly explained, and the drama set at just the right pace to keep you guessing. And there’s enough gore to keep the things interesting – car bombs, baseball bats, simulated heart attacks. The storytelling wasn’t perfect, but it was addicting.

This delightful book is an ingenious blend of modern injustice and silver screen payback. There is comeuppance for the guilty, freedom for the innocent, and a short break for those seeking the truth. And then, the war goes on.

Leigh is a fearless writer who never met a genre, subject, or format she didn’t like. She has written professionally for the past six years and enjoys biking, exploring odd corners of Northeast Ohio, and discovering those good books she hasn’t read yet.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by David Pepper.