Power Blind

Power Blind

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by Steven Gore
     
 

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Power corrupts.

Power and money corrupt absolutely.

In Washington, Senator Landon Meyer—leading presidential candidate and pivotal voice in a divided senate—imposes his choices to fill two Supreme Court vacancies on the President. In San Francisco, Charlie Palmer—a specialist in burying the crimes of the political and financial

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Power corrupts.

Power and money corrupt absolutely.

In Washington, Senator Landon Meyer—leading presidential candidate and pivotal voice in a divided senate—imposes his choices to fill two Supreme Court vacancies on the President. In San Francisco, Charlie Palmer—a specialist in burying the crimes of the political and financial elite—lies paralyzed by a gunshot. Linking the two is the senator's all-too-cunning brother—a federal judge secretly managing his campaign.

An hour before his death, Palmer reaches out to private investigator Graham Gage, a man he's both feared and admired, but his words remain choked in his throat. A funeral-day burglary of Palmer's office and a wife's plea for the truth about her husband's misdeeds plunge Gage into a morass of murder, corporate cover-ups, and corrupted justice that masks a political money-laundering scheme threatening to destroy not only our democracy, but all that is dear to Gage . . .

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Publishers Weekly
There's little to distinguish Gore's third Gage present-day political suspense novel (after 2010's Absolute Risk) from a slew of similar David Baldacci-like books, and the plotting is a step below his previous outing. Gage, a San Francisco–based PI, gets mixed up in what turns out to be the umpteenth conspiracy to influence the direction of the country by naming Supreme Court justices that would bear the imprint of the president. Republican William Duncan views his tenure in office as a failure, but hopes to rectify that by nominating two men who would enable the Court to control "the country for a hundred years after was dead." His agenda may or may not coincide with the ambitions of California Senator Landon Meyer, who hopes to succeed Duncan in office, and doesn't scruple at deceiving him to do so. The writing is often clunky ("For confession would require Palmer to admit to himself who he was and what he'd been: a weapon in the hands of the wealthy and powerful employed to revictimize their victims, slashing through the fabric of their lives...") The thin characters—many will find engaging with Gage a challenge—are an additional minus. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061782244
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.40(d)

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Steven Gore is a former private investigator whose thrillers draw on his investigations of murder, fraud, money laundering, organized crime, political corruption, and drug, sex, and arms trafficking in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Gore has been featured on 60 Minutes for his work and has been honored for excellence in his field. He is trained in forensic science and has lecturedto professional organizations on a wide range of legal and criminal subjects.

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