Titolo: Deep Background
Casa editrice: Minotaur Books
Data di pubblicazione: 2001
Condizione libro: very good
Gently used. Expect delivery in 2-3 weeks. Codice inventario libreria 9780312272630-3
Riassunto: After President Bob Hanover is shot dead at the White House press conference by a gunman with no identity, Nick Addis,, a presidential aide, is reluctantly drawn into an unofficial-and private-investigation of the assassination. In this off-the-books effort, he is joined by Clarence Dunne, the disgraced chief of White House security, and Julia Lancette, a CIA analyst at odds with the Agency. As the intrigue mounts-the first lady and the vice president are fiercely competing for their party's presidential nomination-Addis, Dunne, and Lancette are confronted by faceless and ruthless enemies determined to stop them from uncovering long-hidden secrets.
Recensione: When President Bob Hanover is shot point-blank during a White House press conference, just weeks before he's scheduled to accept his party's nomination for re-election, Nick Addis--a trusted aide--happens to be in the midst of investigating an old real estate transaction involving Hanover and his wife (back when he was the governor of Louisiana) that has come back to haunt them. Meanwhile, Clarence Dunne, the head of the Secret Service detail charged with guarding Hanover's life, has been shut out of the subsequent investigation, but continues to do legwork on his own. Of course, Dunne and Addis cross paths, and they in turn eventually meet Julia Lancette, a beautiful CIA analyst whose specialty lies in tracking down the agency's rogue elements. In the midst of all this intrigue, Addis is also under pressure to choose sides between the former vice president and the first lady as the nominating convention draws near.
Deep Background is perhaps the best Clintonesque roman à clef since Primary Colors, although David Corn does sometimes play the parallels a bit too heavily (such as his recycling of the joke about the president, his wife, and her ex-boyfriend the gas station attendant). As the Washington editor for The Nation, Corn is intimately familiar with D.C. power games, and he puts his knowledge to masterful effect here. But thinly disguised and slightly altered portraits aren't enough to carry a novel of this sort--so Corn loads up the plot with plenty of twists and turns. Fans of two very different types of Beltway fiction--thrillers of the David Baldacci school and Allen Drury's political dramas--will find something they can share in Deep Background.
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