Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are best friends who have plum jobs as senior staffers to well-respected congressmen. But after a decade in ...Show synopsisMatthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are best friends who have plum jobs as senior staffers to well-respected congressmen. But after a decade in Washington, idealism has faded to disillusionment, and they're bored. Then one of them finds out about the clandestine Zero Game. It starts out as good fun - a simple wager between friends. But when someone close to them ends up dead, Harris and Matthew realise the game is far more sinister than they ever imagined - and that they're about to be the game's next victims. On the run, they turn to the only person they can trust: a sixteen-year-old Senate page who can move around the Capitol undetected. As a ruthless killer creeps closer, this idealistic page no only holds the key to saving their lives, but is also determined to redeem them in the process. Come play the Zero Game - you can bet your life on it...Hide synopsis
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I'm a fan of a good mystery...and this one didn't fit the bill. To begin with, the dust jacket copy led me to believe something other than what transpired in the book. When the description says, "...And when someone close to them winds up dead, Harris and Matthew..." I expect the decedent to be a friend of theirs, not one of the characters named. Also, the author begins the book writing from Matthew's perspective in the first person, but later in the book switches to writing in first person from Harris' perspective. That's confusing, to say the least. I did finally finish the book, but it certainly wasn't a "gotta read it NOW!" type of book. I had no trouble putting it down, but did have trouble picking it up again.
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