Author(s): Steve Lewis
Scandal, vengeance, redemption in the third book in the series brought to TV screens by Foxtel in Secret City Scandal, vengeance and redemption are the driving forces in this explosive conclusion to the political thriller that began with The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code. Beloved yet dishevelled newshound Harry Dunkley has fallen about as low as he can get, disgraced and dispirited at having failed to reveal the existence of the Alliance, a cabal of mandarins pulling the strings of power in Canberra. But new purpose is in the air. As the Coalition government teeters disastrously, a revived Dunkley, aided by an unlikely group of past adversaries, is emboldened to take on his abiding enemies: the resurrected Labor powerhouse Catriona Bailey and the hitherto untouchable Defence Secretary, Sir Jack Webster. Webster, a respected statesman and member of the sinister Alliance, has so far played Dunkley at every turn. Yet Dunkley detects a chink that mixed with innate arrogance might just might bring Webster down. If he is right, there could be a way to personal redemption and revenge for the death of analyst Kimberley Gordon, whose murder in The Marmalade Files cast a long shadow over friends and enemies alike.