Government officials, including senators, the president’s family and the president himself are victims of assassination attempts, terrorist plots, murder and kidnappings in these political thrillers. The titles listed below, selected by Reader Advisor Ginny Ryan, are only a few of the many dealing with political intrigue available from the Wolfner Library collection.
Absolute Power by David Baldacci.
At sixty-six, with several jail terms behind him, Luther Whitney has decided this will be his last robbery. Everything goes according to plan--until Christine Sullivan comes home unexpectedly. Luther quickly hides in the walk-in safe and discovers it contains a one-way window. Soon Luther finds himself witnessing a brutal murder involving the president of the United States. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. RC 41882.
The Bear and the Dragon by Tom Clancy.
Newly elected United States President Jack Ryan is quickly embroiled in complex political situations with cataclysmic implications. Among them, the discovery of vast gold and oil resources in Siberia, which attracts the covetous attention of China, could lead to dire consequences. Jack Ryan series, Book 10. Contains some strong language. RC 50854.
The Best Laid Plans by Sidney Sheldon.
Ad executive Leslie Stewart was once engaged to a politician from Kentucky, Oliver Russell. After he jilts her, Leslie is determined to ruin Oliver's life. Becoming a publisher brings her power and wealth, so when Oliver is eventually elected president, she tries to link him to the deaths of several of his past lovers. Some strong language. RC 44998.
The Brethren by John Grisham.
In a federal penitentiary in Florida, three former judges known as the Brethren hold court. Besides handling inmate disputes and appeals, they have devised a scheme to blackmail men on the outside. But when one of their targets turns out to be a CIA-financed candidate for president, they find themselves in hot water. RC 49252, BR 12469.
Capital Crimes by Lawrence Sanders.
The president seems to be more concerned about his son, who is a hemophiliac, than about the country. Into the picture comes Brother Kristos, a faith healer, who soon has the first family, as well as much of Washington society, especially the women, under his spell. John Tollinger, an assistant to the White House chief of staff, is assigned the job of exposing Kristos. Strong language and descriptions of sex. RC 30965.
Debt of Honor by Tom Clancy.
In the post-cold war era, Jack Ryan is surprised to be pulled out of early retirement to become the president's national security advisor. Although a "hard-nosed hawk," Ryan is soon relishing his role in eliminating the last missiles. What he does not realize is that the Japanese are quietly taking a small island away from the United States and are ready for war. Jack Ryan, Book 7. Strong language and some violence. RC 38875.
Deep Six by Clive Cussler.
Thriller that features a sinister linkup between an Asian shipping empire headed by an evil matriarch, and the Soviet Union. The intrigue involves the kidnapping of senior United States officials as well as the president of the United States aboard his yacht in the Potomac River. Dirk Pitt series, book 7. RC 20909.
The Dinner Party by Howard Fast.
Events take place during a single day in Washington at the home of handsome Senator Robert Cromwell, where a dinner party is to be held. The guests will include the senator's family, the secretary of state, and the assistant secretary. Ordinary events evolve into an intricate interplay of power, passion, idealism, and ambition. Some strong language. RC 25253.
Exclusive by Sandra Brown.
Not known as an outstanding reporter, Barrie Travis is delighted when the first lady offers her an exclusive about her son's crib death. But the president's wife has more than simple grief on her mind, and soon Travis is investigating a complex plot. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. RC 42718.
Executive Orders by Tom Clancy.
In this sequel to Debt of Honor (RC 38875), Jack Ryan accedes to the presidency following a massive terrorist attack on the Capitol. Amid the devastation and turmoil, Ryan endeavors to restore a functioning government even as foreign and domestic forces move to exploit the crisis for their own ends. Jack Ryan series, Book 8. Strong language and violence. RC 43316.
Favorite Son by Steve Sohmer.
A CIA trained killer guns down the leader of a Central American anti-Communist force and wounds Senator Terry Fallon. Recovering in the hospital, Fallon becomes first a national hero, then a vice presidential hopeful, and finally the target of a smear campaign organized by the opposing party. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. RC 26955.
A God in Ruins by Leon Uris.
Colorado Governor Quinn Patrick O'Connell, an Irish Catholic adopted at age three, is running for president of the United States, and it looks as if he will win. Then a week before the election, O'Connell's past suddenly rushes forth to reveal long hidden secrets that could cost him the election. Strong language. RC 48892.
Jack and Jill by James Patterson.
When a United States senator is shot dead in his home, the sole clue is a cryptic poem signed "Jack and Jill." More murders follow, and detective Alex Cross is caught up in a frantic race to stop the killers before they reach the president. Alex Cross series, Book 3. Strong language, violence, and descriptions of sex. RC 43318.
Murder in the East Room by Elliott Roosevelt.
In the midst of a White House state dinner, one of the guests, a promising young senator, leaves the dining room feeling a little queasy. Moments later he is found dead in the East Room with his throat slit. Although the D.C. homicide squad is called in, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt assumes the role of detective. She learns that the senator had a roving eye and that he had enemies in the insurance business. An Eleanor Roosevelt Mystery. Some strong language. RC 37733.
Murder on Capitol Hill by Margaret Truman.
Senate Majority Leader Cale Caldwell turns up at a party in his honor with an ice pick implanted in his chest. The Senate and the Washington police go into action, but only when an attractive attorney begins a dangerous investigation of her own do the barriers of the closed political and social worlds of the Capitol begin to reveal the details of Caldwell's murky past life. Capital Crime series, Book 2. RC 18369.
No Safe Place by Richard North Patterson.
Only seven days remain until the Democratic presidential primary in California in the year 2000. Running against the incumbent vice president, Senator Kerry Kilcannon unexpectedly finds himself confronting personal issues: his affair with reporter Lara Costello and the antiabortionist who wants to kill him. Kilcannon and Masters series, Book 2. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language.RC 47001.
The President’s Daughter by Jack Higgins.
In 1969, Jake Cazalet has a one night affair with a countess he rescues in Vietnam. Years later, he learns he has a daughter. Now in 1997, Jake is president of the United States, and his daughter is kidnapped by terrorists. Cazalet has ten days to meet their demands or his daughter will die. Sean Dillon series, Book 1. Strong language and some violence. RC 44760.
The President’s Mother by Gloria Whelan.
In the year 2002, President Robert Lange launches a costly defense buildup in the face of foreign threats. Strapped for funds, Lange proposes draconian health care cutbacks, which his mother bitterly opposes. When she threatens to divulge a secret that could wreck her son's career, the president moves to silence her. RC 43528.
The President’s Plane Is Missing by Robert J. Serling.
The president of the United States has arranged a needed vacation at Palm Springs. His plane crashes in Arizona with no survivors. But, when rescue parties reach the site, they find that the president's body is missing. Much mystery and suspense ensue. BR 611.
The Run by Stuart Woods.
Vice President Joe Adams suffers secretly from Alzheimer's disease when the president is incapacitated by a stroke. Georgia Senator Will Lee sets his sights on the White House. Then scandals and blackmail surface. Lee Family series, Book 4. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. RC 50093.
Smoke and Mirrors by Barbara Michaels.
Erin Hartsock is a poorly paid member of the campaign staff of Virginia Congresswoman Whita Marshall, an old family friend who is running for the senate. When a series of fires and threatening messages besiege the campaign headquarters, Erin becomes a prime suspect. Strong language. RC 29738.
Stillwatch by Mary Higgins Clark.
Pat Traymore, a young woman, discovers in the glittering world of Washington society and politics the explosive truth about her own childhood. She finds that her questions about her past unlock a secret that threatens not only the reputation of a powerful national figure but also her own life. Strong language. RC 21206, BR 6013.
Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn.
The CIA learns that foreign terrorists imminently intend to assault the White House. The Secret Service has only seconds to usher the president into his bunker, leaving others to be taken hostage. As officials dither, a CIA counterterrorism operative mounts a rescue. Mitch Rapp series, Book 2. Some violence and some strong language. RC 50675.
The White House Connection by Jack Higgins.
When Lady Helen Lang, the American mother of a British intelligence officer, learns that the Sons of Erin were responsible for his gruesome death, she begins to eliminate them one by one, endangering the Irish peace negotiations in the process. Companion toThe President’s Daughter (RC 44760). Sean Dillon series, Book 2. Some strong language. RC 48434.