Review: Bootlicker by Steve Piacente


17166472Title: Bootlicker

Author:  Steve Piacente

Genre:  Political Thriller

Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date:  May 2012

Description: In the summer of 1959, two black teens hoping to sneak a beer in the South Carolina woods stumble on a Klan lynching led by the local judge. One bolts. The other freezes and winds up with a choice: join the man about to die, or begin hustling black support the judge needs to advance in politics. In trade, he will enjoy a life of power and comfort. Decades later, Big Ike is about to become the state’s first black congressman since Reconstruction. Instead, he finds himself in the same forest, a long rope in his fist, muttering the hated nickname again and again: Bootlicker.


I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

Bootlicker keeps your interest from the beginning. The characters are compelling. Ike is a guilt-ridden rising politician being covered by Dan, an ambitious reporter with the Charleston Herald-Leader. Both of the characters are realistic and it’s easy to understand why they do the things they do. 

The author draws on his own experience as a New Yorker transplanted in a southern newspaper and as a Washington correspondent to write this intriguing political novel. He does a good job not only with showing how politics and reporting work but also with race issues and how things progressed from the 50’s to the 90’s.

Bootlicker is an interesting story that I highly recommend, especially if you like political thrillers. Available on Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

3 thoughts on “Review: Bootlicker by Steve Piacente

  1. Steve Piacente August 4, 2013 / 6:07 am

    Thanks for reading and reviewing Bootlicker, Dawn. If readers have any questions, I hope they’ll post them here. I’ll be checking back and will be happy to respond.


    • sleepygirl2 August 4, 2013 / 8:43 am

      Thank you for sending me the book, Steve. I really enjoyed it. I have your first novel, Bella, on my TBR list and look forward to reading it as well.


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