political campaigns -- fiction

Waking the Dead

By Scott Spencer

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"...the story of Fielding Price, an up-and-coming young attorney in Chicago. He has just been offered a seat in Congress. His victory is virtually guaranteed-all he has to do is run.But on the campaign trail, Fielding finds that he cannot get Sarah Williams, the beautiful love of his life, out of his mind. It has been twelve years since Sarah was killed in a politically-motivated car bombing. But as Fielding is drawn deeper and deeper into the slippery world of politics, he becomes increasingly suspicious that Sarah is still alive."
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The Plan

By Stephen Cannell

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In the aftermath of his son's death and a divorce, TV reporter Ryan Bolt agrees to film a documentary about a lesser-known presidential candidate and uncovers mafia connections.

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The Campaign

By Marilyn Tucker Quayle and Nancy Tucker Northcott

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A conservative African-American senator, Robert Grant is a hopeful in the next presidential campaign, but the incumbent, fearful of losing his power, sets Grant up to take the blame for a murder he did not commit, and Grant must clear his name and solve a murder.
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Special Relationship

By Robyn Sisman

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At Oxford, Annie Hamilton and driven American Jordan Hope shared a brief, but intense, connection. Now that Jordan is the Democratic hopeful for the American presidency, Annie's 19-year-old son convinces himself that Jordan is his father, which sets all of their lives in a tailspin.
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Smoke and Mirrors

By Barbara Michaels

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Joining the campaign of a charismatic congresswoman, young Erin Hartsock arrives in Washington, D.C., filled with idealism and ambition. But her enthusiasm dissolves into terror when the campaign takes a malevolent turn. Someone...something...has begun threatening Erin and her colleagues. First come the strange fires, then a seemingly accidental death. As the election nears, Erin fears that she just may be a murderer's next candidate.
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Shelley's Heart

By Charles McCarry

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An intricate and intelligent novel set in the not-too-distant future, by the author of The Miernik Dossier. The president is still celebrating his victory when it's discovered that his over-zealous aides may have stolen the election via computer.

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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 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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Grass Roots

By Stuart Woods

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Will Lee has returned to his roots to kick off his campaign for the Senate. A prominent lawyer, he has come back to his hometown of Delano, Georgia, to plan his strategies and to argue an explosively controversial case that could seriously damage his fledgling political career. For Delano is a town with a dark secret -- a smoldering hotbed of racial hatred and moral outrage, held in the thrall of a sinister group called The Elect. Its violent, evil forces will stop at nothing to keep the candidate out of office. But Will Lee isn't about to back down, even though it may cost him his career -- and his life.
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