Shelley's Heart

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The first presidential election of the twenty-first century, bitterly contested by two men who are implacable political rivals but lifelong personal friends, is stolen through computer fraud. On the eve of the Inauguration the losing candidate presents proof of the crime to his opponent, the incumbent President, and demands that he stand aside. The winner refuses and takes the oath of office, thereby setting in motion what may destroy him and his party, and even bring down the ...

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Overview

The first presidential election of the twenty-first century, bitterly contested by two men who are implacable political rivals but lifelong personal friends, is stolen through computer fraud. On the eve of the Inauguration the losing candidate presents proof of the crime to his opponent, the incumbent President, and demands that he stand aside. The winner refuses and takes the oath of office, thereby setting in motion what may destroy him and his party, and even bring down the Constitution.

From this crisis, master storyteller Charles McCarry, author of such classic thrillers as The Tears of Autumn and The Last Supper weaves a masterpiece of political intrigue. Shelley's Heart is so gripping in its realism and so striking in its foresight that McCarry's devoted readers may view this tale of love, murder, betrayal, and life-or-death struggles for the political soul of America as an act of prophecy.

The year is 2004. The national election has been stolen by computer manipulation. The losing candidate demands that President Forrest Lockwood step aside. But Lockwood refuses, setting in motion a desperate struggle for control that could bring down the U.S. Constitution and democracy as we know it. HC: Random House.

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What did Trelawny snatch from the funeral pyre at Viareggio? If you know the answer, you're a natural for a secret Yale society that makes Skull and Bones look like the Elks. There's skullduggery afoot, and plenty of political intrigue, in this latest by accomplished mysterian McCarry (Christopher's Ghosts, 2007, etc.), whose overarching message might be that one has no friends in Washington, those who call you friend are likely to do you harm, and when Republicans call you friend-well, schedule an appointment with the undertaker. McCarry's setup is out of the headlines: A conservative presidential candidate wins office via electoral fraud. This time, however, his opponent has evidence. Enter the FIS-the heir to the CIA, replacing it "after it collapsed under the weight of the failures and scandals resulting from its misuse by twentieth-century Presidents." Enter spooks, defense contractors, lobbyists and assorted other denizens of the District of Columbia-and, to boot, a few deranged assassins and Yale graduates up to no good. The plot thickens and thickens-it has to, after all, since, among other things, part of it turns on a presumptive president's debating "the advantages and disadvantages of appointing a man he believed to be an enemy of democracy as Chief Justice of the United States." There's more than one clef in this roman, which has all the requisites of a Frederick Forsyth-style thriller but adds a few modern twists, some the product of a supersecret Moroccan-born agent whose stiletto heels are the real deal. She's not the only hotty, and there's the requisite steamy sex, too, told in requisite steamy language: "His great ursine weight fell upon her with a brutality that madeher gasp with pleasure." Other gasps await good guys and bad guys alike, especially when drilled by tiny bullets to the thorax and other unpleasant means of dispatch. Will democracy survive? Readers will be left guessing until the last minute. A pleasing 21st-century rejoinder to the 1962 novel Seven Days in May, and a capable whodunit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590204757
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 665,521
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles McCarry served under deep cover as a CIA operations officer in Europe, Asia, and Africa. He is the author of nine critically acclaimed novels, as well as numerous works of non-fiction incuding Citizen Nader. He currently splits his time between Florida and the Berkshires.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

    McCarry's Best Book Yet

    This is one hell of a read. Hugely intelligent and engrossing. Some of the best news recently is Charles McCarry's return to writing after a long hiatus. Of all his books, including his most recent, Shelley's Heart is his best. A political, intellectual thriller that is so compelling I had to keep reading even when my brain said no. As realistically told as any current non-fiction expose. I highly recommend all of McCarry's books, but if you read just one, make it this one. If all you want is escapist action, do not bother. If you want a thinking man's thriller-this one is for you.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

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    Not My Favorite

    I picked this book up when I saw it on a list of "best thrillers," and I was quite disappointed. The writing is clunky, and the story too often too complex to easily follow. The book as a whole has little to say, nor much in the way of entertainment value. Credit is due to the author for creating such a cast of oddball characters. I picked up the author's novel Last Supper as well, and will now read it with diminished expectations.

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  • Posted April 7, 2009

    Excellent

    A wonderful political thriller. McCarry is an excellent writer who nails the yahoos of the right AND left in this superb entertainment.

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    Posted January 9, 2010

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