4.5 Cacti. The Cactus Caucus by Steve Meissner #political #fiction #review

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The Cactus Caucus

Written by Steve Meissner

Genre(s): Political Fiction

Bill Leña couldn’t make it in Brooklyn, Nogales or Tucson. Now this adobe store-front lawyer must survive a brief stint in the Arizona Legislature, where money talks, craziness stalks, and wing-nuts make the law.

If he wants to keep breathing the desert air he needs to placate border drug smugglers, Brooklyn wise-guys and pissed-off boyfriends, while out-maneuvering the gaggle of lobbyists, power-brokers and elected leaders who comprise Arizona’s Palace of Political Pinheads.

For more than 30 years Steve Meissner has watched Arizona politics as an award-winning journalist, bureaucrat and briefly as a legislative staffer. Now he offers some inside truth on how the Chorizo is made in this crazy but loveable state. 

Lynn's Review

I'd give this book 4.5 Cacti

This book is very Political. It also has an element of mystery to it.

In the opening, the main character is being sworn into the Arizona State House of Representatives. He is tossed into 'service' because of circumstances beyond his control during the last month of the current legislative session.

The reader learns about the true inner workings of this august body through the main character's view point. Boring you think, hardly, this guy has all kinds of issues that he brought to the "House" with him. As he struggles to work his way through the daily grind of public service, he also has to deal with things his uncle's untimely demise left undone.

I loved the overall premise of the book. It played off both sides of the aisle. It hit home as to why so many laws take so long to get through the process and how the political game is really played. It also gives the reader a feel for the state of Arizona's landscape and differences that a law can make concerning their environment and the border to the south.

The formatting of the book could stand some help as it can be distracting at times making my overall review score a 4.5 Cacti

Warning: This book is for Mature Audiences due to Adult Language, Violence, and Sexual innuendo.

Disclaimer: Book provided by the author free of charge in exchange for an honest review.