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political thrillersIn this world of international terrorists and fame-seekers, politicians are often risk but sometimes they are themselves the threat.

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Richard Aellen.  Cain Conversion.

A presidential assassination plot concocted in the Khrushchev era – and subsequently buried in KGB files – wreaks havoc in the new Russian Republic, the United States and uniquely in the mind of “Bill Sullivan,” the American secret-service agent that is completely unaware of the plot, yet is its key component. Sullivan, as it turns out, has a psychiatrically engineered dual personality, his American identity having been meticulously implanted in his mind since birth. He was literally bred to join the Secret Service’s Protective Detail, where he would always be close to the U.S. president, and, if necessary, his core personality could be activated – dubbed the “rising of Cain” by the project’s director. Now an embittered former KGB operative attempts an activation, but the American persona has become entrenched and triggers a series of bizarre episodes that leave Sullivan, now rational, thinking he is insane. Richard Aellen’s mastery of character and plot is extraordinary as Sullivan embarks on a journey of self-discovery that takes him first to his “hometown” in Kansas, where he learns he is not who he thinks he is, then to Moscow and beyond for a confrontation with his creators – and a harrowing conclusion, as unexpected as it is ingenious, that will linger in readers’ minds long after the last page has been turned.

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Jeffrey Archer. Honor Among Thieves.

In Washington, D.C., in the spring of 1993, it is the dawn of a new political era – but six thousand miles away in the impoverished streets of Baghdad, there is a growing disillusionment with the unelected president. Sensing the mood of the people, Saddam Hussein moves boldly to settle scores with the United States. Using $100 million as bait, Saddam gathers into his web three key players: a powerful American Mafia boss; the world’s greatest forger; and, most crucially a special assistant to the President of the United States, Bill Clinton. Saddam’s goal is to embarrass the U.S. by stealing part of its history – then destroying that symbol in front of the world’s media. With the help of a sophisticated criminal underworld that exhibits Swiss-watch timing, and a skilled actor who is transformed through plastic surgery into a stand-in for Bill Clinton, he sets about his brilliant scheme. As the countdown begins to July 1993 – potentially the most humiliating day in U.S. history – two lovers, a beautiful Mossad agent and a dashing American professor who advises the CIA, turn out to be a far more formidable weapon than any Patriot missile.

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David Baldacci.  The Camel Club.

After witnessing a murder with ties to a prestigious businessman’s club, homeless conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone steals a crucial piece of evidence from the scene, and is subsequently pursued by a dangerous member of the club.

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William Bernhardt.  Capitol Murder.

Ben Kincaid’s legal success has earned him a dubious reward: a journey through the looking glass into the Beltway. Here, in the heart of the nation’s capital, a powerful U.S. senator has been caught first in a sordid sex scandal, then in a case of murder. Senate aide Veronica Cooper was found in a secret Senate office beneath the Capitol building, on Senator Todd Glancy’s favorite couch, blood pouring from the knife wound in her throat. The young woman’s death comes on the heels of the release of a sordid videotape depicting her and Senator Glancy in compromising positions. With the senator’s reputation in tatters, the evidence against him – as a sexual predator and possibly a killer – mounts. By the time a nationally televised murder trial begins, Kincaid and his team know they’re facing the challenge of a lifetime. According to public opinion, and even in Kincaid’s most private thoughts, Glancy is one more politician who cannot admit his own culpability. But while a dramatic trial unfolds in the courtroom – loaded with pitfalls, traps, and an astounding betrayal – another trial is taking place on the mean streets of D.C., as Kincaid’s investigator pursues a young woman who was a friend of Veronica Cooper’s, plunging Kincaid into a bizarre world of Goths, sadomasochists, and a community of self-proclaimed vampires. Somewhere in this violent underworld lies the secret behind Veronica Cooper’s demise…and the crux of Senator Glancy’s innocence or guilt.

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Dan Brown. Deception Point.

On the eve of a presidential race in which NASA’s budget is a pivotal issue, the space agency announces the discovery of an ancient meteorite filled with fossils deep in the Arctic ice.

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Sandra Brown. Exclusive.

A second-stringer with first-class talent, Barrie Travis is stuck at a low-budget independent television station struggling to survive among the giant networks. Then, suddenly, she receives an invitation from First Lady Vanessa Merritt for an off-the-record conversation. Barrie’s reporter’s instincts are instantly aroused. During a furtive, emotionally charged meeting, Barrie sees that the President’s beautiful wife is stunned by grief after the crib death of her infant son. Vanessa’s motive for meeting Barrie seems to be to share her heartache with another woman. What Barrie overlooks in her excitement at hearing the confidences of the First Lady are the questions she should be asking: Why would Vanessa Merritt call her? And why would the President’s wife hint to an unknown reporter that her child may have been murdered? Blind to everything but getting her exclusive, Barrie is determined to investigate the death of the President’s child. But she soon realizes that getting her story will test her ethics and her patriotism. Would she expose information that could topple the presidency? She confronts this problem when she tracks down Gray Bondurant, a former presidential aide and war hero who shunned the politics of Washington in favor of life on a remote Wyoming ranch. And when they both begin to follow a trail of lies and intrigue right to the White House door, Barrie’s exclusive puts at least three people on the firing line: the First Lady, Gray, and herself – as crimes and ambitions combine to endanger their lives and the future of the nation.

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Stephen J. Cannell. The Plan.

The Mafia, having secured secret control of a television network, and utilizing its vast amounts of untraceable cash, runs its own puppet for the presidency of the United States. Its Plan is discovered by Ryan Bolt, who has been hired to do a documentary about the candidate by his old prep-school buddy Mickey Alo. Bolt gets help from an unlikely source – Mickey’s beautiful Mafia Princess sister, Lucinda – but this is a ruthless and deadly power game wherein nothing and no one is sacred, and Ryan must fight to save himself, his new love, and his country. From the harshly lit television newsrooms, where reality is tailored for public consumption, to the smoky back rooms where the real decisions are made, The Plan is a quite plausible journey into our nation’s worst nightmare, and a sensational adventure from its opening scene to its violent climax.

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Lee Child. Without Fail.

In this novel, Jack Reacher is approached by a female Secret Service agent who needs a favor – and needs it yesterday. The head of a high-security detail, she wants Reacher to run a test to find the holes in her system. How else can she breathe easy, sure that her protection is truly effective? Reacher is the right man for the job – skilled, stealthy, and unknown. But the things she doesn’t tell him could get them both killed. She knows that a group of desperate men have her Secret Service team – and their charge, the newly elected vice-president – in their sights. These men will stop at nothing to realize their objective. And they have planned well – but they haven’t planned on Reacher. For only Reacher has the head and heart to corner his prey and bring them to justice – without fail.

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Tom Clancy. Executive Orders.

Debt of Honor ended with Tom Clancy’s most shocking conclusion ever: a joint session of Congress destroyed, the President dead, most of the Cabinet and the Congress dead, the Supreme Court and Joint Chiefs likewise. Dazed and confused, the man who only minutes before had been confirmed as the new Vice-President of the United States is told that he is now President. President John Patrick Ryan. And that is where Executive Orders begins. Ryan had agreed to accept the vice-presidency only as caretaker for a year, and now suddenly, an incalculable weight has fallen on his shoulders. How do you run a government without a government? Where do you even begin? With stunning force, Ryan’s responsibilities crush in on him. He must calm an anxious and grieving nation, allay the skepticism of the world’s leaders, conduct a swift investigation of the tragedy, and arrange a massive state funeral – all while attempting to reconstitute a Cabinet and a Congress with the greatest possible speed. But that is not all. Many eyes are on him now, and many of them are unfriendly. In Beijing, Tehran, and other world capitals, including Washington, D.C., there are those eager to take advantage where they may, some of whom bear a deep animus toward the United States – some of whom, from Ryan’s past, harbor intense animosity toward the new President himself. Soon they will begin to move on their opportunities; soon they will present Jack Ryan with a crisis so great even he cannot imagine it.

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William Cohen. Murder in the Senate.

The death toll in Washington, D.C., is out of control, and on the eve of a controversial vote in Congress, Senator Julia Bristow is found brutally murdered. Jeffrey Fitzgerald, the Chief of the Capitol Police (one of three law enforcement units that have jurisdiction in D.C.), is the only man looking at the murder and not the politics. “Don’t think you’ll be a chief of police,” his predecessor had told him when he took the job. “You’re going to be a functionary in Vatican City, where five hundred and thirty-five cardinals all think they’re the pope.” Fitzgerald gets a fast lesson in politics as he discovers he must not only try to find the killer but protect his investigation from being controlled by three powerful forces: the ambitious Senate Majority Leader, whose political future is riding on the upcoming vote; the FBI, who may well be acting at the President’s direction; and the corrupt mayor of Washington, whose private battle against “the Hill” has placed the district’s police force at odds with Fitzgerald’s. As though fighting over the jurisdictional turf weren’t enough to contend with, Fitzgerald also must resist the pressure from the voracious media, who have made this shocking murder their top story, and from Fitzgerald’s boss (officially known as the Architect of the Capitol), who has used his position to enlarge his already almost limitless powers. Written with the unique insider’s perspective that only a United States senator could give to it, Murder in the Senate races to an unforgettable climax in the Capitol’s most hidden places. More than a thrilling mystery, it is a revealing look into the hardfought and sometimes ruthless way the game of politics is played at the highest levels of American government.

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Robin Cook. Seizure.

Senator Ashley Butler is a quintessential southern demagogue, whose support of traditional American values includes a knee-jerk reaction against virtually all biotechnologies remotely associated with human reproduction. As the chairman of a subcommittee on health policy, he introduces legislation to ban a new cloning procedure that would take stem cell research to the next level. Dr. Daniel Lowell, the inventor of the technique, sees the proposed ban as a blow to his biotech startup, and to people poised to benefit from its promised therapies. The two formidable egos clash during the Senate hearing, but the men have a common desire. Butler’s hunger for political power far outstrips his purported concern for the unborn, while Lowell’s craving for personal wealth and celebrity overrides ethical considerations for patients’ well-being. Further complicating the situation is the confidential news that Senator Butler has developed a progressive form of Parkinson’s disease, which threatens his political future and leads the senator and the researcher into a Faustian pact. After a perilous attempt to prematurely harness Lowell’s new technology, the senator is left with the horrifying effects of temporal lobe epilepsy – seizures of the most bizarre order.

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Allen Drury.  Advise & Consent.

Advise and Consent is a 1959 political novel by Allen Drury that explores the United States Senate confirmation of controversial Secretary of State nominee Robert Leffingwell who is a former member of the Communist Party.

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Vince Flynn.  Term Limits.

In a night of shattering brutality, three of Washington’s most powerful and unscrupulous politicians have been executed with surgical precision. Their assassins, vanishing without a trace, have delivered a shocking ultimatum to the leaders of the American government: set aside petty, partisan politics and restore power to the people, or be held to deadly account. No one, they warn, is out of their reach – not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals that the killers are stealth experts, elite military commandos with the proven capacity to penetrate the tightest security and neutralize any target. But no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next. Only Michael O’Rourke, a former U.S. Marine and freshman congressman, holds a clue to the violence: a haunting incident in his own past with explosive implications for his country’s future. Compelled by his memories and by his sense of honor, O’Rourke confides in the one woman he trusts, crusading journalist Liz Scarlatti, only to uncover hidden land mines of corruption and murder among the highest ranks of leadership. But as the casualties continue to mount, O’Rourke and Scarlatti make a terrifying discovery – an appalling truth that the American people can never know if the nation is to survive. 

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Frederick Forsyth. The Negotiator.

One man’s plot for a U.S. takeover of Middle Eastern oil reserves is threatened by an idealistic president and on impending U.S.-Soviet disarmament treaty, leading to the kidnapping of the president’s son and rescue efforts by the Negotiator.

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Stephen Frey.  Trust Fund.

A scion of wealth and privilege, Bo Hancock is the youngest son of Connecticut’s most influential clan – and the financial genius at Warfield Capital, the multibillion-dollar investment firm at the heart of the family dynasty. He is also stranded in the shadow of his charismatic brothers, Teddy and Paul, and starved for the approval of their domineering father. While his brothers enjoy the spotlight, Bo can be counted on to “clean up” when anything threatens to tarnish the sterling Hancock name. Sixteen years ago, Bo covered up a monstrous crime involving Paul and a call girl. Now Paul is on the fast track to the White House – and Bo has become a liability, thanks to his weakness for alcohol and for women other than his wife. Stripped of his position and exiled to the backwoods of Montana – away from temptation and the public eye – Bo thinks his life has hit rock bottom. But a deathbed reconciliation with his father brings him home and reinstalls him at Warfield Capital, sparking a rapid-fire chain of events that could destroy the family and its vast fortune. First Warfield is left vulnerable to every Wall Street shark out to make a killing. Then a sudden rash of real killings forces Bo to confront the specter of a sinister conspiracy – and brings him face-to-face with one shocking truth after another, shattering the world and the family he thought he knew … leaving him utterly alone and running for his life.

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Edward Gorman.  Stranglehold.

When Dev Conrad agreed to work with Congresswoman Susan Cooper, member of a prominent political family, he didn’t know that the worst threat her reelection campaign would face would come from Cooper herself. The congresswoman has a secret she’s not willing to share with Dev, forcing him to follow her the way a detective would. But the campaign is burdened with other problems as well, starting with the murder of scandal-plagued political consultant Monica Davies. Rumor has it she had some information that would destroy Susan Cooper’s campaign. In the wake of another murder, another blackmailer, and two or three suspicious relationships, Dev must figure out who is trying to sabotage the campaign. 

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Brian Haig. Man in the Middle.

For newly promoted Army lieutenant colonel Sean Drummond, his latest assignment starts off simply enough: find out if the death of one of D.C.’s most influential defense officials was murder or suicide. Most investigators would call it a cut-and-dried case, but nothing is ever that simple. Teamed with Bian Tran, the attractive Army Military Police officer investigating the case, Drummond is about to embark on a journey that takes him from the labyrinthine channels of American intelligence to the killing rooms of Iraq. None of it will be more difficult than navigating the shadowy minds and motivations of his enemies and so-called colleagues. What Drummond uncovers will make him question everything he believes in. Because the more he digs, the more he learns about the key players – American and Middle Eastern -in a war that rages bloodier every day. A war where betrayal is a daily occurrence and makes him ask: Are my loyalties to my superiors or to the American soldiers battling for their lives?

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Jack Higgins. President’s Daughter.

The president of the United States enlists the aid of ex-IRA enforcer-turned-security expert Sean Dillon and Blake Johnson, head of an elite, secret White House group, to find his kidnapped daughter, the result of a twenty-year-old affair with a lovely French woman. 

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Iris Johansen. Final Target.

No sooner does Melissa Riley arrive at her sister’s isolated Virginia country home than she finds herself drawn into a drama she never expected. Years earlier, her sister, the renowned Dr. Jessica Riley, had pulled Melissa out of the darkness of severe catatonic trauma. Now she’s attempting to do the same for the daughter of the President of the United States. The last thing young Cassie Andreas saw was an organized team ruthlessly murder her nanny and the Secret Service agents on duty to protect her. And to free Cassie from the terrors in her own mind, Melissa and Jessica must risk their own safety and sanity and place their trust in a mysterious, charismatic man. Michael Travis made his fortune in the international underworld. He risked everything to save Cassie during that terrible night of bloodshed. And he has entered into a secret bargain with the president to get revenge. But does he really want to help? Why? Or is his show of concern all a treacherous charade? Melissa and Jessica have no choice but to accept Michael Travis as their ally – even when he proposes a dangerous plan that will put all their lives on the line. Because far away from the safety of Virginia, an international game of deadly intrigue is under way. It is a game of powerful and dangerous underworld figures whose specialty is getting what they want – and whose means to do it is murder. And of one killer in particular who is obsessed with the very thing at the heart of Cassie’s nightmares.

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Joe Klein.  The Running Mate.

In The Running Mate, Klein takes the reader on a political journey with Senator Charlie Martin, a decorated veteran of the war in Vietnam. The experience of combat and his easy dominance of home-state politics have made Charlie fearless. He’s a hot, if occasionally reckless, political property – dashing, honorable, and irreverent. And then Charlie’s life begins to fall apart. He campaigns for the presidency and fails. The wacky father of a volunteer decks him – in front of the cameras; a well-kept secret from Charlie’s Vietnam days is revealed; he reluctantly finds himself at the center of a friend’s cliff-hanging confirmation process for Secretary of Defense … And Senator Martin begins to learn that politics in an era of spin, marketing, and vicious personal assaults can be as treacherous – and life-threatening – as combat was. Finally, Charlie Martin must confront the two greatest challenges of his life – a political opponent who has no scruples and a dazzling, unconventional woman who loves him but is appalled by his life’s work. Charlie’s dilemma is one that has come to haunt contemporary American politics: Is it possible to be a good politician and a good man, can you live in the public glare and still construct a habitable life?

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Michael Lawson.  The Inside Ring.

From a bluff overlooking Georgia’s untamed Chattooga River, an assassin fires three shots. The President of the United States is wounded; his best friend and a Secret Service agent are killed. Two days later, a man in Landover, Maryland, commits suicide and leaves behind overwhelming evidence that he was responsible for the assassination attempt. General Andy Banks, the Secretary of Homeland Security, is nursing a guilty conscience. Only days before the assassination attempt on the President, Banks had received a note with a dire warning: “Eagle One is in danger. Cancel Chattooga River. The inside ring has been compromised. This is not a joke.” The message – on Secret Service stationery – was signed “An agent in the wrong place.” Banks immediately passed the note on to Secret Service Director Patrick Donnelly, who proceeded to ignore it. Even after the assassin is found dead, Banks is determined to dig a little deeper. He turns to Speaker of the House John Fitzgerald Mahoney. The Speaker has a guy – an under-the-radar, go-to guy he uses for things like this – things he can’t afford to have connected to his office. The guy is Joe DeMarco, an honest lawyer with a sordid family history. After one meeting with Banks, DeMarco realizes he’s in way over his head. But Mahoney finds the prospect of taking down Donnelly irresistible and sets DeMarco on a trail that twists through the Secret Service, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security, and snakes all the way back to one of the more enduring mysteries of the twentieth century.

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Philip Margolin.  Ties That Bind.

Success is fleeting; nobody knows that better than lawyer Amanda Jaffe. She had been the rising star of Portland’s legal community, but in a cruel twist of irony, the same case that put her on the map – the Cardoni trial, which pitted Amanda against a brilliant sociopath (in the New York Times bestseller Wild Justice) – had left her traumatized, doubting her instincts, and shunning the limelight. This reticence ends when Amanda agrees to handle the case no one else will touch. Jon Dupre, who runs an upscale call-girl service, is accused of murdering a U.S. senator. Dupre claims to possess proof of the existence of a secret society of powerful men who have banded together for a commonly held political agenda. The rite of passage that binds them together – the initiation into this powerful brotherhood – is murder. To Amanda these seem the desperate claims of a man who will lie to save his own skin – until she is pressured to walk away from the case. Determined to put a knife in the heart of the fear and psychological trauma that has plagued her ever since Cardoni, she refuses to abandon her investigation. It’s a decision that will place her and those she loves directly in the path of a deadly juggernaut with ambitions that extend all the way to the presidency of the United States.

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Brad Meltzer. Inner Circle.

A young archivist working in the National Archives and his childhood crush accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact–a 200-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington–hidden inside a desk chair. Eager to discover why the President is hiding this important national treasure, the two soon find themselves entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder that will reveal the most well kept secret of the U.S. Presidency.

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Richard North Patterson. Balance of Power.

President Kerry Kilcannon and his fiancee, television journalist Lara Costello, have at last decided to marry. But their wedding is followed by a massacre of innocents in a lethal burst of gunfire, challenging their marriage and his presidency in ways so shattering and indelibly personal that Kilcannon vows to eradicate gun violence and crush the most powerful lobby in Washington – the Sons of the Second Amendment (SSA). Allied with the President’s most determined rival, the resourceful and relentless Senate Majority Leader Frank Fasano, the SSA declares all-out war on Kerry Kilcannon, deploying its arsenal of money, intimidation, and secret dealing to eviscerate Kilcannon’s crusade – and, it hopes, destroy his presidency. This ignites a high-stakes game of politics and legal maneuvering in the Senate, the courtroom, and across the country, which the charismatic but untested young President is determined to win at any cost. But in the incendiary clash over gun violence and gun rights, the cost to both Kilcannons may be even higher than he imagined. And others in the crossfire may also pay the price: the idealistic lawyer who has taken on the gun industry; the embattled CEO of America’s leading gun maker; the war-hero senator caught between conflicting ambitions; the female senator whose career is at risk; and the grief-stricken young woman fighting to emerge from the shadow of her sister, the First Lady. 

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Marilyn Quayle. The Campaign.

Campaign fever is in the air … and Robert Hawkins Grant is a shoe-in for reelection to the Senate. Grant, a conservative from Georgia, is a strong favorite in the next presidential race, on track to being the first black president of the United States. But nine days before the senatorial election, a reporter who had been publicly dogging him is murdered. Evidence points to Grant, and too many people are quick to believe the worst. The ensuing investigation sets in motion a chain of events that threaten his personal and professional future. New accusations surface, each more damaging than the last. Racial tensions are swirling around Grant, corruption has spread to his own staff, and the media has made him a target. Grant must clear his name, solve a murder, exonerate his son of trumped-up drug charges, and expose the White House corruption while maintaining his integrity and keeping himself in the race … and time is running out.

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William Safire. Full Disclosure.

In this totally absorbing and gripping novel, William Safire examines the exercise of power——power as an end in itself rather than as a means of carrying out policies; its uses and abuses; its pleasures and miseries; its acquisition and surrender, and above all the lengths to which men will go to keep it. In the world of international politics in the not too distant future, there is a new line-up of world powers. An alliance of China with Japan menaces the Western world, and there is imminent danger that Russia will join the Far East axis… A helicopter is ambushed in the Crimea. Aboard are the General Secretary of the Communist Party and his official guest, the President of the United States. The Russian is killed, the injured American is evacuated, and arrives back in Washington sound in mind and body, except for one major defect: he can no longer see. (From Goodreads.com)

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John Sandford. Dead Watch.

Late afternoon, Virginia, and a woman is on the run. Her husband, a former U.S. senator named Lincoln Bowe, has been missing for days. Kidnapped? Murdered? She doesn’t know, but she thinks she knows who’s involved, and why. And that she may be next. Hours later, a phone rings in the pocket of Jacob Winter. An Army Intelligence veteran, Winter specializes in what he thinks of as forensic bureaucracy. Congress, the Pentagon, the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security – when something goes wrong, Winter kicks over rocks until he finds out what really happened. The White House is his main client, and the chief of staff is on the phone now. If Bowe isn’t located soon, he is told, all hell will break loose. What Winter doesn’t realize is – all hell will break loose anyway. And he will be right in the middle of it. Large forces are at work, men determined to do whatever it takes to achieve unprecedented ends. Before the next few days are out, Winter will discover he has to use every one of his resources not only to prevail…but just to survive. And so will the nation. 

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David Shelby. By Dawn’s Early Light.

Moving from the desolation of North Korea to the oak-and-leather preserves of Wall Street to the subterranean surveillance headquarters in the Pentagon, By Dawn’s Early Light traces the journey of Sloane Ryder, a young, straight-shooting financial analyst who gets caught in the undertow of large-scale political maneuverings involving the United States’ ever-sensitive relationship with China. While Washington, Wall Street, and Beijing jockey for position in East Asia, Sloane uncovers a plot – woven by some of the most eminent figures in government – to murder the first woman president of the United States. As she frantically pieces together a series of strange but seemingly unrelated events, her trail leads her to the Handyman, a merciless killer-for-hire. Suddenly she finds she’s playing a deadly game of cat-and-mouse where each move could be her last.

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Les Standiford. Presidential Deal.

Presidential Deal propels building contractor/sleuth John Deal into the center of a national crisis – the abduction of the First Lady – and drives him to levels of heroism and ingenuity remarkable even for him.
As Deal sits uncomfortably in a Miami hotel, preparing to accept an award whose notoriety he’d just as soon avoid, chaos erupts. Before Deal’s eyes, terrorists interrupt the awards ceremony with machine-gun fire. As the assembled dignitaries fall under a shower of bullets, Deal grabs the ceremony’s emcee, Linda Barnes Sheldon, wife of the President, and escapes. But Deal’s spontaneous bravery plays into the hand of a suavely masterful madman, and he and the First Lady are taken captive. In a thrilling plot that unfolds against the backdrop of the storm-tossed Caribbean, Deal and Linda Sheldon must struggle to escape the clutches of their captor, a onetime U.S. operative in Central America who now harbors a deadly hatred for his former employers. At the same time, Vernon Driscoll, Deal’s old friend and ex-Metro-Dade homicide detective, uncovers evidence of unthinkable treachery behind Deal’s disappearance, evidence that points to the very highest levels of our government.

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Robert Tanenbaum. Corruption of Blood.

When Congress reopens the JFK case, Manhattan Assistant D.A. Butch Karp is tapped to head the investigation because he has the best homicide prosecution record in the New York D.A.’s office. He is the man who has tried over a hundred cases and lost not one. But barely has he left the department and his family for the nation’s capital when he finds himself facing Washington power plays at their most cynical: evidence and testimony show up contaminated, and funds for the investigation remain meager. The pressure from above is to rehash the Warren Commission’s dubious lone-gunman conclusion and to make certain no new ground is broken. Plunging ever deeper into the dangerous intricacies of a conspiratorial web spun by murky elements of the CIA and a self-serving Congress, Karp finds his witnesses are either hostile – or murdered. And when his wife, Marlene, a veteran prosecutor, joins him, they unearth evidence that is suspiciously conflicting or somehow just vanishes mysteriously. Worse, Karp, Marlene, and their team of New York cops, lawyers, and forensic specialists are stalked by an assassin with an uncanny resemblance to Lee Harvey Oswald. In a race measured in microseconds, they must penetrate to the source of conspiracy that strikes at presidents with impunity – before its lethal fallout finds them first.

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Robert Penn Warren.  All the King’s Men.

Willie Stark’s obsession with political power leads to the ultimate corruption of his gubernatorial administration. A Pulitzer Prize winning classic that has generated two movie adaptations.

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Stuart Woods. Capital Crimes.

In Capital Crimes, Will Lee again finds himself in the middle of a tangled web of intrigue and danger, politics and power. Now at the pinnacle of his career, serving as president of the United States, Lee is faced with a most unusual task – that of marshaling federal law enforcement agencies to catch an assassin who is picking off some of the nation’s high-level politicos. When a prominent conservative politician with a shady reputation is expertly killed at his lakeside cabin, authorities can come up with no suspects and even less hard evidence. But then, within days, two other, seemingly isolated deaths – achieved by very different means – are feared linked to the same ruthless murderer. With the help of his CIA director wife, Kate Rule Lee, Will trails the most clever and professional of killers before he can strike again. From a quiet D.C. suburb to the corridors of power to a deserted island hideaway, Will, Kate, and maverick FBI agent Robert Kinney track their man and set a trap with extreme caution and care – and await the most dangerous kind of quarry, a killer with a cause to die for.

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