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The climactic conclusion to the iconic Isaac Sidel mystery series, which finds Charyn’s acclaimed hero facing his toughest showdown yet, this time as commander-in-chief . . .
Reflecting our own world like a volatile funhouse mirror, Winter Warning lures us back to the 1980s, an era that could have been ripped right out of our most recent political upheaval. Isaac Sidel should have been vice president, banished to some far corner of the West Wing, but the president-elect has been forced to resign or face indictment for his crooked land dealsand Sidel becomes the accidental president. He’s a maverick, a crusader with a Glock in his belt, who defies both the Republicans and the Democrats. He seems haunted by Lincoln’s ghost, and the presidential palace becomes his own “great white jail,” as it did for Harry Truman.
There’s never been another president quite like Isaac Sidel, New York’s former police commissioner and mayor. There’s a secret lottery created by some bankers in Basel to determine the exact date of Sidel’s death. And Sidel has to outrun this lottery in order to save himself. His greatest allies are not the Secret Service or the DNC, but a former Israeli prime minister who was a explosives operative during the British occupation of Palestine . . . as well as a mysterious billionaire who belongs to a brotherhood of killers and counterfeiters. His only companions in the capital are the captain of his helicopter fleet and a sexy naval intelligence officer who realizes that something has gone amuck at Camp David, when a band of mercenaries arrive with their sights trained on Sidel.
About the Author
Jerome Charyn published his first novel in 1964. He's the author of Johnny One-Eye, The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson, I Am Abraham, and dozens of other acclaimed novels as well as nonfiction works. His short stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Paris Review, American Scholar, Epoch, and Ellery Queen. Charyn's popular crime novels featuring homicide detective Isaac Sidel inspired a new animated drama series: Hard Apple debuts on the small screen in 2017, helmed by Hollywood insider James Gray (The Immigrants) and illustrated by famed artists Asaf and Tomer Hanuka. Charyn lives in Greenwich Village, New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A president armed with a Glock… My thanks go out to my contacts at Pegasus Books, Iris Blasi, Katie McGuire, and Maia Larson, for my copy of this book! Rock on! Isaac Sidel is currently POTUS. He comes from the rough streets of New York where he served as Police Commissioner and later Mayor. He has a smashmouth way of dealing with problems, and he intends to continue this as leader of the United States. But the Democrats want him reigned in, and all efforts to make the improvements that he wants end in sabotage by Ramona Dazzle, his unwanted Chief-of-Staff, and his vice-president Bull Latham. Ramona and Isaac are having a physical struggle in her office, an office more opulent than the Oval Office, mind you, which is witnessed by Bull. Isaac will be forced to resign as President to make way for a President the DNC can control… I must say that I found the book to be difficult to read. The author drones on through many long paragraphs that are broken up by insufficient periods of conversation. It seems to me that Charyn is more concerned with background items than the interaction of his characters. Isaac Sidel is a great character, and I note that this is the 12th novel in this series, so Sidel must have a strong fanbase. It just doesn’t speak to me at all. In Charyn’s introduction, he mentions that in this novel he isn’t providing a bible, unlike the ones that have gone before. Perhaps that is the reason that this novel seems so lifeless. A new reader like myself is lost in Sidel’s world that has been built over 11 previous volumes. New readers are thrown into the deep end of the pool and expected to swim or die. And in this case, I drowned in the deep end. All efforts to finish the book, even by jumping ahead chapters didn’t have the holding ability I needed. I read half the book and jumped ahead closer to the end to no avail. For me this book is incomprehensible. Sorry. I only give this book one star, and that is because, with 11 previous novels, the character has to have appeal to quite a lot of readers. Unfortunately, I am not one of those readers. Quoth the Raven…
Winter Warming by Jerome Charyn First book I've read in this series and it's the final one. Wish I had read from the very first book. A lot to me didn't make sense til towards the end. Characters were introduced by the bundles as things were being brought into the plot. Reminds me a lot of the Last Survivor a story on TV where a man was pushed to take over for the president who died in a white house bombing. So much, as in that show were brought forth in this book and took it to the next level as we learn about other things in the past and present and future that will make a difference to the country. Love the travel and all mercenary and wild things, super natural beings but they are explained. Nicknames for some were hilarious but they fit the picture in your mind. Love hearing of the razzia and can't wait to teach my grandson about it as we play army guys. Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.