Book Reviews: The Lobbyist - A Novel by Thomas Hibbardcategories: Books, Literature & Fiction, politics
David, You're Right On!David's summary is excellent. While this indeed is a story about county government, as it applies to all levels. With Presidential candidates teeing up now, it's extremely timely. The Lobbyist, by Thomas Hibbard is a compelling and entertaining read!
A Metaphor for Politics NationwideThe setting for The Lobbyist is Los Angeles County government, but in a real sense it is a metaphor for politics at all levels. The author creates colorful characters filled with personal flaws. But behind the fictional storyline, without saying so, the author is giving voters ample warning to know those who represent them in city, county, and state legislatures and in Congress. No doubt, if he were to give one piece of advice, having seen politics up close and personal for many years, it would be not to vote along party lines.
While on the surface the story is about politics, in the final analysis it is a character driven tale, where those who appear on the pages of the story are depicted in ways that will make readers want to know the people involved. Some of the people used as characters in the book are based on pieces of real people, known to people familiar with county government. Those who work for Los Angeles County may find part of the fun of reading the book being to attempt to identify who certain characters are partially based on.
And the author uses two people who are not fictitious - Richard and Patty Paul. Richard Paul, now deceased, starred in the 1970s television comedy "Carter Country" and the 1990s movie "The People vs Larry Flynt." Richard was the author's writing partner. In the Author's Notes at the end of the novel, the author notes that he chose to write the story as a tribute to his friend.
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