It's All Political

A Case of Exploding Mangoes

By Mohammed Hanif

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It is 1988, and Pakistan's military government is flush with success. Its coffers are full of U.S. weapons and American dollars, CIA agents are everywhere, and the Russians are beginning to withdraw from Afghanistan. Military strongman General Zia ul Huk is the darling of CIA director Bill Casey, and Pakistan; Air Force underofficer Ali Shigri, a young man of good family, is plotting to assassinate Zia. (from BookList)
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A Fine Balance

By Rohinton Mistry

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The eagerly awaited novel from the author of the award-winning Such a Long Journey is set in India in the mid-1970s. A "State of Internal Emergency" has been declared, and in the days of bleakness and hope that follow, four disparate people find their lives becoming unexpectedly and inextricably entwined.

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Absolute Power

By David Baldacci

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In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping Luther Whitney, a career break-in artist, behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and Luther is running into the night. Because what he has just seen is a brutal murder involving Alan Richmond, the president of the United States, the man with . . . Absolute Power.

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America America

By Ethan Canin

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Corey Sifter (is) an aide to the great New York senator Henry Bonwiller, who is running for president of the United States. He begins to leave behind the world of his upbringing...(and) finds himself caught up in a complex web of events in which loyalty, politics, sex, and gratitude conflict with morality, love, and the truth.
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American Wife

By Curtis Sittenfeld

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No one is more surprised than Alice when her hard-drinking, sports-team-owning husband morphs into a born-again Christian with political ambitions. Suddenly, Alice's life is no longer her own as her every move is parsed for its political implications. (from BookList)
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Coup

By Jamie Malanowski

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After four years in the Senate, Godwin Pope, a rich and handsome Princeton grad, decides to run for president against the incumbent, Jack Mahone, a slick, folksy former Louisiana governor who crushes him in a primary debate. In a surprise move, Jack asks Godwin to be his running mate and Godwin accepts. (from Publishers Weekly)
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Dark Horse

By Ralph Reed

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The 2008 presidential election takes center stage in this political thriller by the former director of the Christian Coalition and a veteran of seven presidential campaigns. With both candidates under investigation by the Justice Department, the race is thrown into uncertainty when one of the nominees is assassinated. (from Library Journal)
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Dark Horse

By Doug Richardson

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Believing that he will have no trouble being nominated for congress after the death of a long-time political incumbent, lawyer Mitch Dutton finds a terrifying challenge in dark horse Shakespeare McCann, who is out to win at any cost.
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Dark Rivers of the Heart

By Dean R. Koontz

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A man and a woman meet by chance in a bar. Suddenly, they find themselves fleeing from a powerful agency -- the woman hunted for what she knows, and the man mistaken as her comrade in a resistance movement.
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Devil's Bed

By William Kent Krueger

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Locked in a tight battle for reelection, President Clay Dixon knows his best chance for victory is the popularity of his wife, Kate. But the disenchanted First Lady is about to desert him.
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