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Rick Robinson writes new ‘ thriller’ novel, Opposition Research, about politics’ dirty little secret

No one can write a thriller like international award-winning author, and KBA member, Rick Robinson, a Northern Kentucky native.

Opposition Research is his newest sequel in the Richard Thompson series of political thrillers that rocketed Robinson to Independent Author of the Year on two occasions.

Rick, enjoying a favorite pastttime

In time for the upcoming elections, this new novel exposes how opposition research is politics’ dirty little secret.

Digging up buried skeletons can bring an opponent’s campaign to a dead standstill.

Former United States Senator Richard Thompson just can’t get politics out of his blood. Following his last stint on Capitol Hill, Thompson and his close circle of friends are embarking on a new endeavor – running a consulting firm that specializes in opposition research. But when their digging uncovers lethal information, it places Thompson and his crew on a dangerous ride spanning from Little Italy to California and back to the nation’s capital. In between, winning or losing a campaign becomes overshadowed by life and death itself.

Rock Neelly, author of River of Tears, writes of Robinson, “once this politico/novelist shows us his cred, he then lifts the manhole cover to reveal the seamiest side of politics — oppo research, the practice of getting dirt on your adversary. And then follows the concept of opposition research to its worst possible hypothetical—what happens when you turn up something really bad, just plain nasty, about a political opponent? Would you use it? We all know the answer is ‘of course.’ Don’t we? And then the fun ensues.

“It’s like drinking beers with your buds at an Irish pub and a novel breaks out. Of course, there are Warren Zevon references, scenes from Hotel Covington, references to Tony Perez, the Big Dog, BBQ from Walt’s Hitchin’ Post, and lots of goetta entrees from the Colonial Cottage. Go with the flow, you’re on Robinson’s turf now. Enjoy the ride, but zip your lip. We got a file on you too, ya know!”

P.J. O’Rourke has called Robinson’s books “an excellent series of DC thrillers.”

With over four decades in law and national politics, Robinson’ writes novels that are as current as today’s headlines. His manner of relating political life and the campaign trail to readers has earned him Amazon top seller status, often placing multiple books in the top 100 at the same time.

Published by Headline Books, 2018 Independent Publisher of the Year Robinson’s numerous writing accolades include being named International Independent Author of the year.

When he and his wife, Linda, are not at some local pub sampling the Guinness stew, Robinson can be found playing electric mandolin in an Irish punk rock band or wading waist-deep in a cold river aggravating trout. He and his wife have recently moved back to Northern Kentucky.

Described as a “conservative humorist,” Robinson grew up in Ludlow, graduated from Eastern Kentucky University and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law and spent nearly four decades in politics and law, including a stint on Capitol Hill as legislative director/chief council to the late Congressman Jim Bunning.

He has been active at all levels of politics from working door-to-door in city council races to advising candidates at the national level.

He recently co-authored a political/sports thriller with his friend Dennis Hetzel, Killing the Curse, that put the Chicago Cubs in the World Series.

He wrote a coming-of-age novel, Alligator Alley — even though he never came of age.

He other books include Strange Bedfellows, The Maximum Contribution, Sniper Bird, Manifest Destiny, Write of Mandamus, The Advance Man, and Promise of Cedar Key.

He has also been a newspaper columnist and general counsel for a major national trade association.

Opposition Research is $19.95, available at your favorite local and online bookstore.

NKyTribune Staff and Headline Books.

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