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The Competition is a new kind of novel -- a fast-paced, sophisticated architectural thriller. The book''s dry humor and intriguing characters, along with its intricate, suspenseful plot, provide all of the necessary ingredients for a brilliant new genre. When washed-up architect William Lightstone Travers enters a design competition for the new Governor''s Mansion in Indianapolis, he discovers graft and murder are part of the process. Can Travers save his troubled career and win the competition, despite corrupt officials determined to ruin him? Or will the large Chicago firm, where his daughter works, buy its way to the winning competition entry? In the end, Travers must choose between a victory that could save him or a secret that might kill him.