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Swamp Thing

Jake Tapper’s first novel, The H ellfire Club, imagines Washington, D.C., in the ’50s, so why does it feel so contemporary?

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THE NEWS IS DOMINATED BY A demagogic blowhard, Capitol Hill is riven by partisan conflict, and noxious fumes waft from the Washington swamp. This is the suspiciously familiar setting for CNN host Jake Tapper’s just-released novel, The Hellfire Club, in which Republican newcomer Charlie Marder discovers that the ways in which a bill becomes law aren’t taught in civics class.

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