Book filter: can you recommend a good political/journalistic novel set in Washington, D.C. that meet the following criteria?
I just watched State of Play
(I've seen the original British miniseries too), and it makes me want to read a good political/journalistic novel set in Washington, D.C. -- something like All the President's Men
. I'm looking for the kind of fiction where an investigative reporter starts exploring a story and slowly realizes that it goes deeper than expected, that it's the tip of a big scandal involving powerful people, the reporter realizes his/her life is in danger, etc. Doesn't necessarily have to be a journalist: an innocent person caught up in something big.
I'd love not just a great plot but also great, realistic characters, something that really gives you a feel for how Washington, D.C. works, the intersection between politics and the press, maybe old journalism vs. new journalism, the people who live and work in the D.C. area, the history of the city, etc. The great Washington novel.
Bonus points if it's current (i.e. 1990s to today) although if it's really good, then older is okay.