Start reading The Running Mate (A Jack Houston St. Clair Thriller) on the free Kindle Reading App or on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

The Running Mate (A Jack Houston St. Clair Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Delaplaine
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Print List Price: $12.95
Kindle Price: $2.99
You Save: $9.96 (77%)

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $2.99  
Paperback $9.99  
Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Book Description

Jack Houston St. Clair's father just happens to be President of the United States, Sam Houston St. Clair, a Republican in a nasty fight to be re-elected to a second term.

But the cards are stacked against him. Unemployment is up and rising. Political tensions abroad are on the verge of erupting out of control. Iran has become a terrorist nightmare. And he is facing a venerable Governor Mowbray from Pennsylvania that everybody loves. Mowbray's running mate on the Democratic ticket is the charismatic Senator Bill Dumaine.

Carlos Rodriguez is the Secret Service agent in charge of the unit protecting Dumaine. As he says, "I'm paid to notice the little things." One of the things he notices is that Dumaine is secretly sleeping with somebody he shouldn't be sleeping with. And since Jack saved his life a long time ago, he decides to break the Secret Service oath of silence and tell Jack what he knows so he can pass it on to the President.

Jack travels to Washington to tell his dad the news, and ends up becoming embroiled not only in election year politics, but an international whirlpool of intrigue that involves a plot to kill his father and everybody else around him.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Andrew Delaplaine has written in widely varied fields: screenplays, novels (adult and juvenile), travel writing, journalism. Writes the Jack Houston St. Clair political thriller novels. Also “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes IV,” a series of novels starring the great-great-grandson of the famous consulting detective. Also “The Annals of Santopia” series, an epic that follows a Santa born in 1900 through to his death 82 years later, among others. Has written and directed three features (one doc, two narrative features), and won several awards for his film work. (See for details). Based on South Beach in Miami. Writes the popular Delaplaine Travel Guides which are updated throughout the year in both print and ebook formats for these cities: San Francisco Las Vegas South Beach Miami & South Beach Key West & the Florida Keys Walt Disney World & Orlando Fort Lauderdale. Long Weekend Guide to Naples (Florida) Long Weekend Guide to Palm Beach Email:

Product Details

  • File Size: 1051 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467911607
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gramercy Park Press (November 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068R6F3K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,313 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
3.4 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Sequel --get Keystone Books first! August 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I made the innocent mistake of reading THE RUNNING MATE first before I realized it was actually a sequel to a series of books called THE KEYSTONE FILE, which comes in several parts (and are still being written from what I gather).

But after reading this, I got the first Keystone book and am going to get the next one right away. Without getting into the nitty-gritty, this is a great book that is very compelling from start to finish. The whole political machinations involving a tied election for President are actually reflected in the Constitution (I looked it up online and read the Constitution for the first time in my life when I was about halfway through this book!) Thoroughly absorbing.

The book shows that we don't really know how anything works in Washington. We haven't got a clue. We'll never get it from the media, either.

I gave my copy two 2 friends and they both devoured it. Both told me they enjoyed it as much as I did.

I take issue the reader who didn't like the details about the food and the coffee. These people are from Miami, so they love their café con leche. I thought this aspect of the book humanized the characters and showed up different character traits. I liked that a lot.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars read it! May 27, 2012
By bt
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A great book- excellent plot. I've recommended this book to a lot of avid readers and they ALL have told me they enjoyed it. We will be looking for other Andrew Delaplaine novels.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tried but too much foul language February 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Alas, another book with potential but the characters in the book must all be of lower intelligence because they were reduced to using extensive foul language on a regular basis. After the first few pages I'd had enough. Too bad because it looked to have some interesting potential.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Running Mate May 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was disappointed in the book. The plot was not bad but the author needs to read his work after finishing the first draft. High school students know never to begin sentences with "just then", but this book was filled with them. I will give him an "A" for completing the book, but nobody wants to read a first draft. My advice is to take a writing class and keep trying. The constant use of brands and kinds of coffee was irritating. One more thing--we know the main character's full name after the first chapter. Don't keep using it throughout the book. To be fair, there were some good plots lines in the book, and I did like the part about the airplane mix-up. I believe if the writing and editing improves, the author can and will produce a good book.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read June 9, 2013
By john
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Right in line with some of the new American Political plots! Sometime I wonder how much fiction and how much truth are really combined in books like this! Exciting read!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Running Mate March 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed this book, political intrigue, family relationships, action packed, this has the lot, kept me attached to my kindle
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Running Mate January 31, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I actually purchased this book for free and so I do feel rather guilty at giving it a poor review. I agree with a previous comment it was slow in parts, and frankly would have been far better if it wasn't so long. I did find the continuous details of drinking coffee, wines etc., boring and unnecessary, and too many repeats regarding the coffee making which were irritating. The author should also note that his readers only need one description of the character. We don't need to be reminded time and again. In fact many a good writer can build the characters so well that you can picture them without having a detailed description. How many times do we read a good book, then it's turned into a film, and we are disappointed with the cast, which don't fit our mental image of the characters. Apart from this the story line was good not very plausable, but who cares it's fiction.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting July 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Interesting concept.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Liked it a lot...looking for the sequel
Published 2 months ago by Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you looking for the next book
Great read, I recommend reading the entire series. Each book is better than the last. Good background into political life.
Published 2 months ago by claudia sneade
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Predictable and boring!
Published 2 months ago by Tom Long
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read. Moved right along.
Published 8 months ago by Peggy Hammond
1.0 out of 5 stars Happily Ever After for Scumbags
This book is poorly written, has a miserable plot that maybe a good ending could have salvaged. But the author begins with the primace that cheating on your spouse (in this case... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bud Surles
3.0 out of 5 stars A whole new meaning to the phrase running mate
I truly enjoyed the plot of The Running Mate. You figure out the "secrets" yearly in the story line but author was able continue with twists and turns through the book that... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Vickie
5.0 out of 5 stars the Running Mate - Great Story
Running Mate is a great finish to stories actually started in The Keystone Files (Parts 1 thru 7) but you MUST read these seven books first. Read more
Published 13 months ago by JRedus
5.0 out of 5 stars The Running Mate
This book once again about Jack Houston St Clair and his family is well written and keeps up the suspense till the end.I hope it is not the last in this series
Published 13 months ago by Mary coyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!!
If you like political mystery this is one! Iwould recommend it to everyone. Could not put it down once I started it.
Published 19 months ago by Eugene McGlynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Action Thriller
Covers the mystery and plotting on both sides during a Presidential campaign.
Should they use the DIRT they have uncovered. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Bob
Search Customer Reviews

More About the Author

Though born in Coconut Grove, Delaplaine was raised at Edgehill Plantation in South Carolina. Currently lives on South Beach.

He writes several series:

The JACK HOUSTON ST. CLAIR books are political thrillers based in Miami and Washington.

The ANNALS OF SANTOPIA books re-imagine the Santa Claus legend, and follow one Santa from the time he's born in the year 1900 until he dies in 1982.

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES IV follow the great-great-great grandson of the famous consulting detective as he solves crimes from his base at Fleming House, his boutique hotel on Lincoln Road in South Beach.

The TRAP DOOR books follow Charlie Heminges as he travels back in time through a trap door in the stage of London's Globe Theatre to Elizabethan times where he works as a young actor in Shakespeare's company. (Only one book in this series so far, THE TRAP DOOR.)

The JAKE BRICKER books are "comic thrillers" featuring what his police chief calls "the ineffective detective" as he fumbles his way through the crime-ridden world of South Beach. Along the way, he learns nothing. (Only one in this series so far, THE METER MAID MURDERS.)

As a travel writer for many years, Delaplaine still publishes several guidebooks updated 3 or 4 times a year.

He also writes several guidebooks for people visiting certain cities for 2 or 3 days and need a short, concise view of the city -- where to stay, what to do, where to eat.

With sister Renee, he owned a trendy restaurant (Scratch) in the Cocaine Cowboy days when South Beach was just getting started in the late '80s; a notorious nightclub (the Warsaw Ballroom) famous for its decadent foam parties during the days when South Beach was more aptly termed Sodom by the Sea; founded, edited and published what is still the longest-running weekly on South Beach (Wire); ran a TV show (The Live Wire). Also writes a "History of South Beach" called SOBEPEDIA, organized in A-Z fashion, with thousands of cross-references, updated 4 times yearly.

He has directed three feature films and several shorts. (Details at

He also writes feature films. The last one made was MEETING SPENCER starring Jeffrey Tambor, available on Amazon.


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category