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On a state visit to Moscow, Billie Bradford, the beautiful and brilliant wife of the President of the United States, is abducted by the Soviets and replaced by Vera Vazilova, a superbly trained Russian undercover agent and actress who is the First Lady's physical double.

The imposter's mission--to induce the President to reveal a U.S. secret that will drastically tip the ...
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Overview

On a state visit to Moscow, Billie Bradford, the beautiful and brilliant wife of the President of the United States, is abducted by the Soviets and replaced by Vera Vazilova, a superbly trained Russian undercover agent and actress who is the First Lady's physical double.

The imposter's mission--to induce the President to reveal a U.S. secret that will drastically tip the world balance toward Russia. But one false move--whether before TV cameras or in the White House bedroom--can destroy the entire masquerade.

And in Moscow, Billie also has a mission--to frantically seek ways to escape while daringly leading a Soviet intelligence officer astray about the most intimate area of her married life.

Two women, each playing a treacherous game in a foreign land, each taking a desperate gamble in the arms of the other's lover--a world-shaking gamble that only one of them can win...

PRAISE FOR THE SECOND LADY

"Intense, suspenseful... Every ingredient known to produce a thriller!"--Los Angeles Times

"Fast-paced, action-packed, and sex-fired!"--New York Post

A LITERARY GUILD FEATURED ALTERNATE

SPECIAL BONUS - An Excerpt from the novel DESIRE, by Amy Wallace, is included at the end of the book!

PUBLISHER'S NOTE: If you have not discovered the fiction of Irving Wallace, you are in for a treat. Starting with his controversial bestseller The Chapman Report (which was feautured in Stephen King's new thriller, 11/22/63, and continuing on through THE MAN - a novel in which a black senator became president in the turbulent 1960s, over which Wallace's family received threats while the TV movie - featuring James Earl Jones - was in production), as well as The Prize, The Miracle, and many others, Wallace provided fast-paced, intricately researched thrillers on pace with the world around him. Charged with intrigue, sex, and wonderfully complex plots, Wallace sold literally millions of copies of his novels worldwide. It is our pleasure at Crossroad Press to bring them back, one by one, in digital. It is also our privilege to work with Wallace's daughter, Amy, an accomplished author in her own right. We have brought back Amy's critically acclaimed novel DESIRE - in both digital and audio, as well as her biography of James Sidis - The Prodigy. Just search Irving Wallace, Amy Wallace, or Crossroad Press for our growing catalog of their work.

In addition to the works of Irving Wallace, Crossroad Press is proud to present more than five hundred digital books for your Nook or preferred reading device. We have titles by award-winning authors like Thomas Sullivan, Bill Pronzini, Loren D. Esteleman, John Lutz, Tom Piccirilli, David Niall Wilson, Steven Savile, and more. Our catalog includes mysteries, thrillers, horror, fantasy, science-fiction, original series books, non-fiction, young adult books and more. Find all our titles at Barnes & Noble.com and wherever eBooks are sold.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780453003889
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1980
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Irving Wallace was born March 19, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois. He began writing for various magazines at age 15 and worked as a screenwriter for a number of Hollywood studios---Columbia, Fox, Warner Brothers, Universal, and MGM from 1950 to 1959, then he turned solely to writing books. His first major bestseller was The Chapman Report in 1960, a fictional account of a sexual research team's investigations of a wealthy Los Angeles suburb. Among other fictional works by Wallace are The Prize and The Word. His meticulously researched fiction often has the flavor of spicy journalism. A great deal of research went into his novels, which cover a wide variety of subjects, from the presentation of the Nobel Prize to political scenarios. With their recurring dramatic confrontations, his novels lend themselves well to screenplay adaptation, and most of them have been filmed, including The Chapman Report and The Prize. Wallace also compiled several nonfiction works with his family, including The People's Almanac and The Book of Lists, both of which have spawned sequels. Irving Wallace died June 29, 1990 in Los Angeles, California at the age of 74 from pancreatic cancer. This book, and the other digital editions in the Irving Wallace collection from Crossroad Press, are published in cooperation with his heirs.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2002

    hard to put down

    this was a great book. I read it when it first came out in the 80's, and then again- April '02. I would like to know what others thought about the ending. It's a great plot, but left me wondering, which I'm sure was what Irving had in mind.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    This is a great "what if" story - makes you wonder jus

    This is a great "what if" story - makes you wonder just how far something like this could go - and how far-reaching the consequences might be. I love the way Wallace handled characters and the human interactions behind larger plots.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Mesmerizing...... Part II?

    Love this book. I first read it approximately 15 years ago. I brought it again and still love it. I am just waiting for the movie or at least a Part II to include a definitive ending instead of the cliffhanger readers are left with in this book..

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Ending was a bu Good political thriller

    This isnt my normal type of book & I was hesitant about this one at first but was plesantly surprised

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  • Posted November 20, 2012

    This book keeps you interested but becomes unrealistic

    Book starts with an intriguing concept. The curiousity to see what happens next keeps you reading to the end. Becomes fast paced and exciting as you get deeper into the book particularly the last quarter of the book. The plot however becomes unrealistic bordering on silly at times. The dialogue between the charectors also becomes hoakey at times. Without divulging the end, I'll say I was disappointed how everything was wrapped up to conclusion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    Very good read!!!

    It had been ages since I read anything by Irving Wallace, so I decided to check this one out. It is an unimaginable story that keeps you wanting to keep reading. I'm still thinking about the ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Suspenseful thriller!

    From the moment the title caught my attention, I could not put this book down. What a fantastic storyline that kept me guessing with much anticipation for the climax. I only regret being left hanging at the end. Notwithstanding, I think the remaining first lady was indeed the real Billie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2012

    Great read!

    Once I got into this book, I couldn't put it down. It's a bit improbable; I think that doubles exist only in fiction. And wouldn't a husband know his own wife? (Then, again, some men aren't too perceptive). What a great movie this would be. Of course, they'd no doubt change the ending.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

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    GREAT Book!!!

    I read this book awhile back & loved it. It's one of my all time favorites. Loaned it to someone & never got it back. Was delighted to see it as an ebook. Now I have it again. It would make a wonderful movie. Such an interesting storyline.

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  • Posted October 26, 2012

    Great book - only dated because the world has changed since it was writen.

    I enjoyed this book from the first page to the last. It was well writen and suspensful. I had never read this book before, even though I have really enjoyed some of Irving Wallace's other work. The Man comes to mind as a terrific book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Good Read

    This is a fantastic read and keeps your interest. It truly gives the reader a chance to be on the inside of an international "incident."

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