Chris Uhlmann is one of Australia's best known and most respected political broadcasters. He began his career in journalism at the Canberra Times as the world's oldest copy-kid, after failed stints as a student priest, storeman and packer and security guard. He was editor of the Canberra Weekly before joining the ABC in 1998. As political editor of the ABC's flagship current affairs program, 7.30, he has earned a reputation for his fearless pursuit of the nation's politicians.
An imaginative romp through the dark underbelly of politics by two veteran Canberra insiders.
When seasoned newshound Harry Dunkley is slipped a compromising photograph one frosty Canberra dawn he knows he′s onto something big. In pursuit of the scoop, Dunkley must negotiate the deadly corridors of power where the minority Toohey Government hangs by a thread - its stricken Foreign Minister on life support, her heart maintained by a single thought. Revenge.
Rabid Rottweilers prowl in the guise of Opposition senators, union thugs wage class warfare, TV anchors simper and fawn ... and loyalty and decency have long since given way to compromise and treachery.
From the teahouses of Beijing to the beaches of Bali, from the marbled halls of Washington to the basements of the bureaucracy, Dunkley′s quest takes him ever closer to the truth - and ever deeper into a lethal political game.