The Campaign is the sequel to Tracey Richardson’s very good book The Candidate. As is appropriate in an election year, Richardson picks up the story of Vice President Jane Kincaid as she is preparing to run for re-election to a second term. Kincaid and her partner Secret Service Agent Alex Warner have built a successful life in the public eye and don’t anticipate any problems in the campaign until two unexpected events occur. First Julia Landon, Alex’s ex-lover, is assigned by a newspaper to cover the campaign. This causes stress on Alex, especially when Corey Kincaid, Jane’s sister and campaign manager, develops an interest in Julia. Then Julia uncovers a scandal involving the president that could either destroy everything or launch a new opportunity for Jane. The interplay between the four women could decide the future of the United States.
It’s interesting to read a book about US politics written by a Canadian. Richardson gets her details right, but she puts an emphasis on areas that an American might not pay attention to. It gives the book a little different feel to it. She also takes a chance in a book that is intended for a primarily lesbian audience. The bad guy in this book is a powerful gay man who manipulates information in an attempt to gain power. It works though because it shows the character of Jane Kincaid at her strongest. There is also a scene that takes place when Jane visits the troops overseas that will wrench the reader’s emotions. Powerful stuff.
The Campaign is a political story and a love story. As usual with Tracey Richardson, it’s well written with strong characters. A reader can’t ask for more.