Landslide is a first-person narrative that focuses on the interweaving plotlines of a murder trial and a Senatorial campaign during the 1958 midterm elections. The novel examines the limitations of first-person narration through its unreliable, digressive protagonist, a Virginia lawyer named Harlon Slocum. Slocum grows up in fatherless poverty with his cousin Buck, whose murder trial forms the basis for the novel's conflict. Despite Slocum's humble beginnings, his ambition leads him to a position as associate in a small law firm and to a taste of the economic prosperity that is a late arrival to their rural county. Buck is a mechanic who works for a DeSoto dealership during the post-war automotive boom. When that automotive bubble bursts and the first significant recession since the Great Depression settles on the country during the second Eisenhower term, the story explores the effect of these shifts and their implications on the characters' regional and socioeconomic identities. As the economy deteriorates, the owner of the DeSoto dealership becomes the victim of a gruesome murder. The commonwealth charges Buck with the crime, and Slocum must defend him while simultaneously trying to keep afloat financially by taking on a job as a campaign consultant. The huge gains by the Democratic Party in that year's midterms presage the oncoming political paradigm shift that manifests itself with the election of John F. Kennedy two years later. The novel inspects this crucial period for the United States and invites the reader to draw parallels between it and the final years of the George W. Bush presidency, particularly the 2006 midterms, the 2008 national election, and the economic crisis that arose during the latter. The end of Landslide depicts a nation and a region struggling to come to grips with a new reality and the socioeconomic and cultural changes that loom in the near future.