THE GOVERNOR: "Rebound" Rothman -- married, family-values
New Jersey Republican with White House fantasies, a
terrible secret, and a controversial position on young
interns: He's for 'em.
THE TART: Simone Lava, the voluptuous Miss Little Egg
Harbor Township. Rebound keeps her hidden away in Atlantic
City's seedy Celebrity Motel where she practices waving
like a First Lady -- a title she's been promised, if she'll
just lay low during election season.
THE FIXER: Jackie Disaster, an ex-boxer who runs the Jersey
shore's most ruthless damage-control firm. Jackie digs up
the macabre truth about the governor.
THE POLLSTER: Jonah Eastman, maverick political strategist
raised by his mobster grandfather, who gave Rebound his
start. Jonah knows only one thing can save the congenitally
deceitful governor: A whopping, heartfelt lie.
Shakedown Beach rips open the slats of the Atlantic City
boardwalk to impart the big lesson of American politics:
When forced to look into one's soul and confront the
painful truths of murder, corruption and sexual depravity,
don't be a schmuck -- hire the nastiest operatives money
can buy and duck, dodge and spin to November.