Newsmen and politics provide authentic sounding background material for a taut, knowledgeable novel. The details of office, newsroom and cocktail party are well drawn. But the story lags-nothing seems to happen. Doubledealing, bribery and corruption, bickering, balanced with a fair measure of love making do not add up to forward motion or drama as we get it more or less off stage.... An international reporter for a news service is assigned investigation of a phony political setup involving the juggling of presidential nominations. When his honesty compels him to expose his girl's father and the man commits, suicide, he and the girl face the fact that his job comes first. He leaves for an assignment to a foreign country. The locale is the mid-west; the time is presumably current. The novel is better in its parts than in its whole.