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Absolute Power
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Absolute Power
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When burglar Luther Whitney breaks into a Virginia mansion, he witnesses a brutal crime involving the president—a man who believes he can get away with anything—and now, Luther may be the only one who can stop him in this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller.
In a heavily guarded mansion in the Virginia countryside, professional burglar and break-in artist Luther Whitney is trapped behind a two-way mirror. What he witnesses destroys his faith not only in justice, but in all he holds dear.
What follows is an unthinkable abuse of power and criminal conspiracy, as a breathtaking cover-up is set in motion by those appointed to work for one of the most important people in the world—the President of the United States.
When burglar Luther Whitney breaks into a Virginia mansion, he witnesses a brutal crime involving the president—a man who believes he can get away with anything—and now, Luther may be the only one who can stop him in this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller.
In a heavily guarded mansion in the Virginia countryside, professional burglar and break-in artist Luther Whitney is trapped behind a two-way mirror. What he witnesses destroys his faith not only in justice, but in all he holds dear.
What follows is an unthinkable abuse of power and criminal conspiracy, as a breathtaking cover-up is set in motion by those appointed to work for one of the most important people in the world—the President of the United States.
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  • DAVID BALDACCI is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at WishYouWellFoundation.org.
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  • AudioFile Magazine Jack Graham, once a public defender, now attorney for the rich and powerful, becomes entangled in the mysterious murder of the wife of multimillionaire Walter Sullivan. Scott Brick is perfect as narrator--cool, calm, and collected through murder, theft, and conspiracy at the highest levels of society. The dialogue grips the listener as Brick's voice pulses with tension and deception. Baldacci's first political murder mystery is just as satisfying now as when it was first printed in 1996. The emotions in Brick's voice clearly convey the horror of murder, the distaste of political corruption and cover-up. A new introduction by Baldacci describes his interest in the phenomenon of absolute power. M.B.K. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine
  • Publisher's Weekly

    January 15, 1996
    Casting the president of the United States as a crazed villain isn't a new idea--Fletcher Knebel worked it 30 years ago, in Night of Camp David--but in this sizzler of a first novel, Baldacci, a D.C. attorney, proves that the premise still has long legs. The action begins when a grizzled professional cat burglar gets trapped inside the bedroom closet of one of the world's richest men, only to witness, through a one-way mirror, two Secret Service agents kill the billionaire's trampy young wife as she tries to fight off the drunken sexual advances of the nation's chief executive. Running for his life, but not before he picks up a bloodstained letter opener that puts the president at the scene of the crime, the burglar becomes the target of a clandestine manhunt orchestrated by leading members of the executive branch. Meanwhile, Jack Graham, once a public defender and now a high-powered corporate attorney, gets drawn into the case because the on-the-lam burglar just happens to be the father of his former financee, a crusading Virginia prosecutor. Embroidering the narrative through assorted plot whorls are the hero's broken romance; his conflict over selling out for financial success; the prosecutor's confused love-hate for her burglar father; the relentless investigation by a northern Virginia career cop; the dilemma of government agents trapped in a moral catch-22; the amoral ambitions of a sexy White House Chief of Staff; and the old burglar's determination to bring down the ruthless president. Meanwhile, lurking at the novel's center like a venomous spider is the sociopathic president. Baldacci doesn't peer too deeply into his characters' souls, and his prose is merely functional--in both respects, he's much closer to Grisham than to, say, Forsyth; but he's also a first-rate storyteller who grabs readers by their lapels right away and won't let go until they've finished his enthralling yarn. Major ad/promo; BOMC alternate; film rights sold to Castle Rock; simultaneous Time Warner AudioBook.

  • AudioFile Magazine This cleverly plotted Washington thriller is a nearly perfect audio experience--fast-moving, suspenseful and unpredictable. Narrator George Guidall's reading may be too stilted for some, and his characterizations are not always convincing. Still, Guidall's expert pacing and an instinct for the dramatic more than make up for any deficiencies. He keeps listeners eager for each new plot twist. Of these, there are many, starting when cat burglar Luther Whitney inadvertently witnesses two Secret Service agents kill the mistress of their boss, the hugely popular but decidedly sociopathic President of the United States. The murderous cover-up and its unraveling make for exciting listening. M.O. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
  • Library Journal

    November 15, 1995
    Expect to see lots of this first-time novelist: with foreign rights sold, a media blitz planned, a BOMC selection offered, and a film in the making, Absolute Power is already catching fire. Baldacci's page-turning thriller features a philandering U.S. president whose actions provoke a murder and subsequent cover-up. A complicating factor is that someone witnessed the crime. Another twist concerns a female chief of staff who is as ambitious as her boss. The novel's hero, Jack Graham, is a Washington attorney on the way up. Although crass and cold-blooded President Alan Richmond is a distasteful character, this will surely be a popular book. Baldacci combines all the needed elements: power, money, sex, intrigue, thwarted love, a few heroes, and more than a few villains. For all popular collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/95.]--Rebecca S. Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights

  • Library Journal

    September 15, 1995
    Most first-time authors only dream about the kind of prepublication hoopla bestowed upon this debut, a thriller about a murder involving the president and his mistress.

  • Booklist

    November 1, 1995
    This entry in the Washington murder mystery sweepstakes has plenty of commercial potential, yet, on the literary side of the ledger, Baldacci's first novel could stand some polishing in plot and story structure. Here's the premise: the wick-dipping president gets into a drunken knife fight with his mistress; the Secret Service rescues him but kills her; and scandal will erupt unless all witnesses are eliminated. Quite a few are, lending the story its high-velocity pace, which is its chief attraction. The chase takes off from the swanky hunt-country mansion where the killing occurred; there aging but wily burglar Luther Whitney, on site for his last heist, inadvertently witnesses the death of the presidential mistress through a handy one-way mirror. When the coast clears, Whitney leaves the scene with a letter opener covered with presidential DNA, which the cover-uppers naturally are anxious to recover. The murderers' efforts eventually lead to hero lawyer Jack Graham, a rising yupster conflicted by women and career. A finishing action chase through the Washington Metro portends the probable climax scene in the movie slated to be made from this material; such celluloid prominence plus BMOC selection ensures demand for a tale that is all action and no message. ((Reviewed November 1, 1995))(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 1995, American Library Association.)

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