Power Blind

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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...

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Overview

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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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061782244
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 631,517
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted August 13, 2012

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    Steven Gore in his new book, “Power Blind” Book Thre

    Steven Gore in his new book, “Power Blind” Book Three in the Graham Gage Thriller series published by Harper gives us another adventure with private investigator Graham Gage.

    From the back cover: 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 . . .

    I have to admit I did not read the first two Graham Gage thrillers. My error. One that I will immediately rectify. It used to be that absolute power corrupted now it is power and money combined that corrupt. ”Power Blind” is about corruption involving the White House, the Senate, the Supreme Court, major corporations and offshore banking. It involves bribes, torture, and murder and Gage seems to be the only person to expose what is going on. Get ready for a page-turning, thrill ride. ”Power Blind” is a satisfying mystery that will keep you flipping pages trying to find out what is going on. I liked this book and look forward to more Graham Gage adventures.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Harper. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

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    Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite "Power Blin

    Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

    "Power Blind" by Steven Gore is a solid thriller from the first page to the last. Private Investigator Grahan Gage isn't quite sure who he is working for as a complicated death leads to the top power positions in Washington, D.C. Palmer is a financial genius who specializes in burying the secrets of the rich and the powerful. He reaches out to Gage from his death bed but he dies before he can disclose his secrets to Gage. This thrusts Gage into speculation about the activities of Palmer who is married to Gage's friend. The mystery seems to involve big time money laundering oversees but it also seems to involve impending appointments for two Supreme Court nominees as well as the next Presidential election. The interweaving of the various stories is sufficient to keep even the most diehard mystery sleuths in suspense for most of the book.

    The author's insider knowledge of the working world of the rich and influential is marvelous! He skillfully laces his knowledge with just enough speculation to keep his readers guessing. Gore is a master storyteller who has the delightful habit of upending his readers' conclusions time and time again. Gore does not run on regular gasoline. Being an international PI himself, he knows from whence he speaks and it shows in his writings. He begins with a premise valuable due to its current interest - finance and intrigue. Then, he provides unforgettable characters who rarely do the right thing. The pace of the story is so rapid that the reader can only guess at the placement of the clues in the overall scheme. Gore is a literary craftsman.

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