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The Nomination: A Novel of Suspense Hardcover – January 20, 2011
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*Starred Review* This is the second Tapply novel to be published since his death in July 2009. Outwitting Trolls (2010) was presumably his last Brady Coyne mystery, and this stand-alone thriller may prove to be his very last book. It’s also one of his best, a masterfully constructed suspenser that could stand as a model for aspiring writers: here’s how it’s done. The president is nominating a state judge, pure as a prayer, a family man with a war wound, to the Supreme Court. A reclusive retired actress hires a ghostwriter to prepare her memoirs. A female bodyguard, whom we meet as she wrestles a potential assassin to the ground, is in flight from a mobster she betrayed. They’re all connected, and it’s a pleasure to watch a master craftsman bring the story lines into deadly convergence. The suspense is real, and the outcome will jolt the most jaded thriller fan. Think you know what will happen when the heroine sneaks up on the baddies holding hostages? Bet you don’t. And the mastermind orchestrating the bloodbath at the end—know who he is? Don’t be so sure. This is a heckuva read. Ave atque vale, Mr. Tapply. --Don Crinklaw
“Known for his perceptive characters and flowing style, Tapply (Outwitting Trolls) caps his career with a brilliant and intriguing story. For comprehensive collections of contemporary American fiction.” (Library Journal)
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The "political" portion of the novel was totally unbelievable. No would-be president is going to choose a running mate without totally vetting that person. And, like it or not, no believable candidate , in today's world, would choose a gay running mate.
The story onl;y used the political part in a way that belied the title and the premise. The main character, while interesting, was not believable. No one who survived her beginning would allow her husband to use her as a door mat.
Also, we were never told just why she owed him so much. Only that he had helped her get to where she was. She said this repeatedly, while his luke warm love for her was evident throughout the story.
The story is, of course, a political thriller. It starts out in late 80's or 90's and goes back in time to the late 60's and the Vietnam War. Judge Larrigan is up for the position of a lifetime, that of a Supreme Court Justice. But there are things that could stop his appointment to this prestigious position. Things that must be eliminated.
I wasn't too thrilled with how the book ended but it was a good
I summarized the mood of the book as 'dark'. That summary was my prevailing opinion as I read the book, based on some rough parallels I noted between recent events and events of the 1930's-1940's.
While the book was fascinating, it was a bit hard to read at times. It did not always follow chronological order which bugged me a bit, but that is a very minor point.
This book is well worth the effort to read.
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