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Senator [NOOK Book]

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Jim O'Connor, the Republican senator from Massachusetts, is a handsome, charismatic family man—and a future contender for the presidency.

But when O'Connor discovers his mistress brutally murdered in her apartment, he becomes a number-one homicide suspect of the Boston ...
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Overview

Jim O'Connor, the Republican senator from Massachusetts, is a handsome, charismatic family man—and a future contender for the presidency.

But when O'Connor discovers his mistress brutally murdered in her apartment, he becomes a number-one homicide suspect of the Boston Police Department.

With November on the horizon and his campaign spinning out of control, the Senator must hunt down a killer in the capital of lies—in order to salvage his battered political career...and his own life.

REVIEWS:
"An exciting mystery... Those with a taste for mixing politics and murder will savor the tale to the end." ~Booklist

"Bowker is a smooth and sensitive writer." ~The New York Times Book Review

"Senator actually is three stories in one: a political thesis, a murder mystery and a morality tale, each complementing the other in a skillful blend that is as contemporary as today’s headlines. Senator is timely, profound, and suspenseful." ~Cape Cod Times

"A page turner... Well worth reading." ~Library Journal

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Senator James O'Connor is a man being pushed to the limits. Caught up in an extremely bitter re-election campaign, he stops off at his mistress's apartment and stumbles upon her murdered body. Desperately trying to hold his faltering campaign together, the senator faces his biggest challenge--defending himself against the charge of murder.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
If Bowker Replica hasn't combined The Last Hurrah and All the King's Men , he's come pretty close. Narrator James O'Connor, a young Republican Senator in heavily Democratic Massachusetts, has a month to go in his reelection campaign when he finds the body of ex-mistress Amanda in her Back Bay Boston apartment. The plot tracks O'Connor's attempts to find the killer, avert scandal and win the election, but the real story concerns the Senator's relations with his family: a privacy-craving wife, a precocious daughter, a widowed father and a ne'er-do-well older brother born the same year as he, his ``Irish twin.'' Almost as important are his trials with friends and foes, including a campaign worker in love with him, a manager with White House dreams, a slavishly devoted driver, the archenemy Boston D.A. and the Governor trying for his seat. All these characters come alive, most notably an emotionally restrained, proud, puckish father, who laments: ``Two sons . . . one a lush, the other a Republican. Where did I go wrong?'' Though the political setting rings wonderfully true, we don't quite see the rather stiff-necked narrator as a natural politician, much less as a lover of the glamorous Amanda. But the plot remains practically bullet-proof, right up to the surprising, ambiguous ending. Apr.
Library Journal
Several life forms are featured in this page turner, among them crooks and politicians, interchangeable girlfriends, campaign workers and hangers-on, family members, and old buddies. Having extricated his brother from troublesome situations involving the IRA, gunrunners, and neighborhood toughs, Attorney General Jim O'Connor sets himself up for even more trouble by pursuing another term in the Senate. The investigation into his girlfriend's murder opens a can of worms big enough to start a chain of bait shops. Will the murderer be caught? Will the family find out? Will O'Connor remember which lies are really the truth? This novel is well worth reading if only to restore one's cynicism about political maneuverings. For popular collections.-- Lynn Thompson, formerly of Ozark Regional Lib., Ironton, Mo.
Gilbert Taylo
The skeletons in the closet of Jim O'Connor, Bay State Irish pol and presidential aspirant, rattle loud and suspensefully in this exciting mystery. Prime suspect in the knife murder of a young female reporter, O'Connor lies about his amours with the victim, telling investigators that their assignations were innocent news interviews. If the fibs, once revealed, don't blow his career out of the water, ancient political enemies closing in on long-hidden ties to a mobster lurk just as dangerously beneath the surface. An ongoing reelection campaign lets Bowker inject ruthless aides into the action but also furnishes the means for releasing a mainspring in the mystery: in a debate, Senator O'Connor recalls a 1969 Harvard riot. Its radical leader (latterly turned speculator) knows a few critical secrets about the murder that O'Connor, in desperation, tries to pry loose to vindicate himself. Ultimately, the perp turns out to be the person least expected. Those with a taste for mixing politics and murder will savor the tale to the end.
Newgate Callendar
Jim O'Connor is Everyman: a decent type trying to do his best against a sudden set of terrible problems. We identify with him, wish him well and eagerly turn the pages to see how the author will get him out of his mess--or, indeed, if he can get out of his mess. Bowker is a smooth and sensitive writer. Senator holds your attention from the opening pages.
North Cairn
Senator actually is three stories on one: a political thesis, a murder mystery and a morality tale, complementing each other in a skillful blend that is as contemporary as today's headlines. . . . Senator is timely, profound, and suspenseful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614173090
  • Publisher: ePublishing Works!
  • Publication date: 6/2/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 157,813
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Critically-acclaimed author Richard Bowker has published a variety of novels including science fiction, mysteries and thrillers. When he isn't writing, Richard enjoys life with family and friends, and offering thoughts on writing, reading and learning at richardbowker.com
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 1, 2013

    One of Richard Bowker's best novels -- full of characters who ar

    One of Richard Bowker's best novels -- full of characters who are not just interesting but believable. Bowker's style is clean and spare, but also engaging, vivid, and fast moving. I read this when it first appeared in hardcover, and am glad to see it back in print as an ebook.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    A Great Read!

    After reading Richard Bowker's DOVER, I knew I wanted to read something else by this author & I chose this book. I'm so glad I did! I couldn' t put it down. The character's were real and I became totally engrossed from the get go. Buy this & you won' t regret it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

    A killer of a thriller! A real thrill ride! A friend of mine, s

    A killer of a thriller! A real thrill ride!

    A friend of mine, someone with a darn good record of recommendations, had recently read Senator and thought it was great. Now I know what he was talking about. The main thing for me is that this book just flies. Reading it I kind of felt like Jim O'Connor was in the room with me and I just had to listen to him. The author, Richard Bowker, brings this man to life with such ease, but amazing depth as well. And I think with such a compelling main character and narrator, that's what makes the plot such a great ride. I always love to be careening along with the people in the story. Senator sure does that.

    Just buckle your seat belt for the end. (I'm not telling. You'll see.)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2013

    Disappointing.

    Just eent nowhere fast...a bit too boring and slow for my liking. Gave up about 120 pages in. Hopefully I was right in my decision?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    wasnt worth finishing

    interesting premise but not worth it

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    Awful

    Was there a good guy anywhere in this mess? However samples at end were even worse and can now avoid all in future mom

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Great Read!

    This is the 3rd Richard Bowker book that I have read and the best so far. I enjoy his noire style and couldn't put it down. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Not awful

    I'm still reading this and am determined to finish. I love political mysteries but this reeeeeally moves slowly. Interesting plot. Maybe the ending will make it all worthwhile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2014

    G

    Interesting book. The characters seemed real and the story had a very likely tone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    recommended

    I enjoyed the book and trying to figure out the mystery of who did the
    killing

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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