Absolute power corrupts absolutely. This famed quote best summarises the novel. In Baldacci's debut novel, the morally corrupt US president goes to such extreme measures as to kill everyone who is even remotely suspected of possessing knowledge of his tryst with Mrs Sullivan. And in doing so, his relatively innocent "extra-curricular activities" turn downright evil.
Overall the novel is very interesting and will keep readers up all night. But what really annoys me is the ending, the same old flaw - how the secret service agents, upon cornering our hero Jack, just have to waste time talking to him and revealing all incriminating evidence. Come on, they're supposed to be efficient killers - if they've found their guy, why not just kill him right away?...Continua
A lifetime burglar witnesses a murder perpetrated by Secret Service agents when one of the President's many trysts goes violent. Who would believe him, especially since he would have to admit that he was in the house burglarizing it when he witnessed the crime and the coverup? This was a real page-turner by a well-known author I hadn't previously tried....Continua
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.
How far will the government go to protect the president?
Set in Washington, D.C., this fascinating thriller of unparalleled suspense dares to explore an unthinkable abuse of power and criminal conspiracy: a vicious murder involving the President and a cover-up orchestrated by his most trusted aides. One unlikely witness saw everything, but will America ever learn the truth?
This riveting debut novel of murder, honor, loyalty and betrayal reaches into the highest echelon of power... and the lowest depth of deception....Continua