Presidents -- fiction

The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry

The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry

Every once in a while a patron will call me to tell me how much they enjoyed a book.  Now I have a blog to share these sentiments with you.  The Jefferson Key (DB 73400) by Steve Berry is a book that received a glowing endorsement from a patron. 

Steve Berry has written a series of books using the character of Cotton Malone, a former Justice Department operative, who gets caught up in historical mysteries. In the newest book of the series, four presidents have been assassinated.  Were the assassinations unrelated or were the presidents all murdered for the same reason?  After saving the current president from an assassination plot, Cotton Malone realizes that he has angered a secret society.  The hunt for  that society leads him on a fast-paced chase that is highly thrilling.

Berry always does incredible research for his novels and even lets the reader know what is fiction and nonfiction at the end of the book. If you are looking for a good conspiracy theory, this might be it!

Primary Colors

By Anonymous

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Henry Burton, a former congressional aide, is pressed into service as an assistant to Jack Stanton, the governor of a small Southern state who has set his sights on the presidency. Thus begins a rollicking adventure of backyard barbeques, draft-dodging dilemmas, sex and seduction scandals, and media mayhem. Combining familiar events with juicy behind-the-scenes gossip, the novel presents a unique picture of the politics of a nation which is at once tiredly cynical and hopefully idealistic.
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Preserve and Protect

By Allen Drury

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It's election time and the President of the United States has been killed just after his renomination. Chaos ensues as members of the party try to decide just who will run for president now. First published in 1968.
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The People's Choice

By Jeff Greenfield

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"An Emmy Award-winning political commentator for ABC-TV news offers a satirical--but frighteningly plausible--novel about the chaos, wheeler-dealers, high-rollers, and innocent bystanders that rush in when a president-elect dies before the inauguration."
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The Last Debate

By Jim Lehrer

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A satirical account of a presidential debate pits Republican nominee James Meredith, a fundamentalist Christian whose ambitions border on white supremacy, against four reporters who discover damaging information eight days before the election.
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Lincoln, a Novel

By Gore Vidal

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Lincoln is the cornerstone of Gore Vidal's fictional American chronicle, which includes Burr, 1876Empire, Hollywood, Washington, D.C., and The Golden Age.

"It opens early on a frozen winter morning in 1861, when President-elect Abraham Lincoln slips into Washington, flanked by two bodyguards. The future president is in disguise, for there is talk of a plot to murder him. During the next four years there will be numerous plots to murder this man who has sworn to unite a disintegrating nation. Isolated in a ramshackle White House in the center of a proslavery city, Lincoln presides over a fragmenting government as Lee's armies beat at the gates. In this profoundly moving novel, a work of epic proportions and intense human sympathy, Lincoln is observed by his loved ones and his rivals. The cast of characters is almost Dickensian: politicians, generals, White House aides, newspapermen, Northern and Southern conspirators, amiably evil bankers, and a wife slowly going mad. Vidal's portrait of the president is at once intimate and monumental, stark and complex, drawn with the wit, grace, and authority of one of the great historical novelists."

Part of Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series.

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