Worth Looking Out For:

Other American Politics-Related Novels

Reviewed by J. Kingston Pierce



Exclusive, by Sandra Brown (1996): First Lady Vanessa Merritt approaches second-string TV reporter, Barrie Travis, with hints that her new baby didn't die naturally -- a revelation that unearths current and past crimes, and confirms Travis' doubts about the first couple's innocence in the affair.


The Hearing, by James Mills (1998): Alabama judge Gus Parham thought it was good news when the president, an old friend, nominated him to fill an opening on the Supreme Court. But it only opens him up to attacks from a ruthless confirmation committee chairman, an immoral lobbying group, and a vicious Colombian drug lord, and reveals that he has a daughter he never knew -- a courageous girl whose testimony may save his political life.


The Presidential Archive, by John Griffiths (1996): A Democratic presidential candidate is lagging in polls far behind a "new Republican messiah," the handsome war hero Hal Reynolds, until allegations surface that Reynolds operated as the Soviet KGB's agent in the Bush administration. His niece, in Moscow doing historical research, tries to learn the truth as corpses mount up and Reynolds looks more and more like a traitor.


Presidential Deal, by Les Standiford (1998): Building contractor and sometimes sleuth John Deal (Deal on Ice) is kidnapped by terrorists along with First Lady Linda Barnes Sheldon from a Miami awards ceremony. Deal's efforts to win their release are complicated by a Caribbean storm and the political machinations surrounding a possible normalization of US-Cuba relations.


Saints Rest, by Thomas Gifford (1996): When the murder of a political kingmaker spells even more trouble for a Democratic president already behind in the polls to a populist challenger from the Midwest, he calls for help from Wall Street lawyer/troubleshooter Ben Driskill (The Assassini). More deaths occur before Driskill learns that the populist and a former Republican president are working together to seize control of the US government. An unusually smart conspiracy-related political thriller.


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