Fic­tion

Final Table: A Novel

  • From the Publisher
September 1, 2021

A polit­i­cal thriller about sex­u­al mis­con­duct in the #MeToo era, one victim’s bat­tle to sur­vive and over­come trau­ma, and the cable news machine that feeds off tit­il­lat­ing scan­dal cov­er­age and inflam­ma­to­ry con­fronta­tion, Final Table draws upon Dan Schorr’s expe­ri­ence as a New York sex crimes pros­e­cu­tor to tack­le the worlds of polit­i­cal and media dys­func­tion. For­mer White House staffer Mag­gie Raster is strug­gling to build her own con­sult­ing firm and over­come a sex­u­al assault by an ex-boss. Kyler Daw­son, a broke for­mer pok­er cham­pi­on, des­per­ate­ly needs to gain entry into a con­tro­ver­sial inter­na­tion­al pok­er tour­na­ment. The host nation faces wide­spread con­dem­na­tion for the mur­der of a US jour­nal­ist, and a pend­ing pres­i­den­tial exec­u­tive order threat­ens to pro­hibits him from participating.

When Kyler approach­es Mag­gie for assis­tance, she must decide whether to agree – in return for a por­tion of the poten­tial $20 mil­lion prize. To suc­ceed, she will have to con­front sig­nif­i­cant adver­si­ty – per­son­al and polit­i­cal, for­eign and domes­tic– includ­ing mount­ing pres­sure to pub­licly address the mis­con­duct of her for­mer boss. Kyler also has his own obsta­cles to over­come, but if they each can out­ma­neu­ver their daunt­ing chal­lenges, he might win the tour­na­ment – and earn them both a fortune.

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