The Nomination: A Novel of Suspense

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The Nomination is a fast-paced action and suspense thriller that brings events from the final days of the Vietnam War into direct conflict with contemporary American politics. Vietnam War hero and Massachusetts Judge Thomas Larrigan is hand-picked by his friend the president to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court. Larrigan seems like the perfect candidate: a family man with an uncontroversial judicial record. The president’s credibility needs a sure bet. Larrigan will do anything to win the ...
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Overview


The Nomination is a fast-paced action and suspense thriller that brings events from the final days of the Vietnam War into direct conflict with contemporary American politics. Vietnam War hero and Massachusetts Judge Thomas Larrigan is hand-picked by his friend the president to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court. Larrigan seems like the perfect candidate: a family man with an uncontroversial judicial record. The president’s credibility needs a sure bet. Larrigan will do anything to win the nomination, but he has some old skeletons rattling around in his closet. He calls his old Marine buddy, now a hit man, to sweep the closet clean. But there are a few skeletons Larrigan doesn’t know are still alive. The Nomination is the story of how lives can intersect in deception, desperation, revelation, death, and, ultimately, redemption.
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Editorial Reviews

Muriel Doobin - Washington Times
“Mr. Tapply has left as his legacy a suspense story so skillfully welded together and so close to reality that it is hard to put down.”
Don Crinklaw - Booklist (starred review)
“The suspense is real, and the outcome will jolt the most jaded thriller fan.”
Publishers Weekly
A nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court will stop at nothing to hide a dirty secret in this finely crafted thriller from Tapply (1940–2009). While serving in Vietnam, where he won a Bronze Star and lost an eye, future Massachusetts judge Thomas Larrigan fathered a daughter, then abandoned her and her mother, Li An. Instead of withdrawing from the nomination process, Larrigan engages the services of a hit man to eliminate those who know of his past, including the child's mother. Now dying of multiple sclerosis after a successful movie career, Li An, who became the actress Simone Bonet, wants to clear the air by writing a memoir. Shifting between San Francisco and Boston, the action culminates in a nail-biting finale in upstate New York. Tapply, best known for his Brady Coyne mystery series (Outwitting Trolls, etc.), displays the plot discipline and character savvy that distinguished his writing career and his many fans are going to miss. (Feb.)
Library Journal
With Tapply's death in 2009, this compelling suspense thriller of broken lives, forgotten memories, and crushed fortunes is a worthy coda to an illustrious publishing career. When the president nominates Thomas Larrigan, a decorated Vietnam veteran and Boston-based federal judge, to serve on the Supreme Court, the FBI's background check uncovers controversial scandals, including spousal abuse, teenage pregnancy, divorce, and desertion. Unknown to Larrigan, the child he fathered in Vietnam has grown up to become a ruthless detective, and his Vietnamese wife is now a Hollywood icon who hires ghostwriter Mac Cassidy to write her memoirs. Larrigan gets Eddie Moran, a Vietnam vet and longtime friend, to conceal these events. Tapply's intricate plot relates the veiled attempts taken by Moran and the feds to remove the damaging evidence.Verdict Known for his perceptive characters and flowing style, Tapply (Outwitting Trolls) caps his career with a brilliant and intriguing story. For comprehensive collections of contemporary American fiction.—Jerry P. Miller, Cambridge, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616085551
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,050,962
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William G. Tapply was the author of dozens of books, including more than two dozen New England-based mystery novels and nearly a thousand magazine articles, mostly about fly fishing and the outdoors. Tapply died in July 2009 after a battle with Leukemia. He lived and wrote in Hancock, New Hampshire.
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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    As this is my first Tapply novel, I must disagree with the first

    As this is my first Tapply novel, I must disagree with the first reviewer who did not enjoy The Nomination. I loved it. I am now keen to gather every suspense book he wrote, and wish there were a way to get further stories about his character Jesse Church. She is fascinating, tough, beautiful, well trained, smart, and it is just outrageous enough to be believable and scare me to death. I'm glad I so screwed up in my 30s that I won't ever run for public office, as I'd planned all my life to do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Read in a day.

    Easy read, didn't want it to end.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    One Too Many

    The synopsis says: The last novel of the beloved author of the Brady Coyne mystery series. Well, it is his last novel, but Outwitting Trolls was his last Coyne novel. This novel has nothing to do with Coyne. Would that Outwitting Trolls was the author's last published novel, as it is much better than The Nomination, which goes all over the place trying to make a story. The author has passed away, so I see no point in giving detailed criticism. I thought I did him well with a good review of Trolls, but just can't give this book a high rating.

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