Absolute Power

Absolute Power

Book - 1996
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A burglar in the bedroom of a mansion has his work interrupted by the arrival of the mistress of the house with the president of the U.S. The couple have a fight and she is killed. The burglar flees, taking along a blood-stained letter opener as evidence, but is spotted by presidential bodyguards. The White House chief-of-staff, an ambitious woman, has him tracked and killed, but not before the burglar has told his story to a lawyer. The lawyer realizes he is next, but how to save oneself from the government? A first novel
Publisher: New York, NY : Warner Books, [1996]
Copyright Date: ©1996
ISBN: 9780446519960
Branch Call Number: FIC Baldacci, D 1996
Characteristics: 469 pages ; 24 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.8 25.0 14903


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Oct 05, 2016

Baldacci's first book, published after years of being rejected (why is this so often true?), became a huge hit. A well-written, entertaining thriller, with sympathetic characters. In fact, the characters are better-realized than in his more recent works. Atypically, he frequently refers to them by their first name; in later books he uses their surname; this makes them both more professional & harder to relate to. A very enjoyable, interesting & satisfying read.

I had to read this over 3 days, what a great plot. Unlike some of his novels, the characters have more insight into what is driving them to make some of their decisions. A vey interesting way for author to critique his government by exposing flaws in the presidential system through crime fiction.

Jul 02, 2016

Great book! It was difficult to set the book down as the twists and turns just kept coming.

Feb 18, 2016

Fantastic read! Exciting plot, dynamic characters and fast paced. Highly recommend!

Apr 29, 2015

Excellent book. I still have a difficult time believing this was the first one by Baldacci. Very talented writer

Dec 29, 2012

4.5 stars

MarilynBelleghem Jun 04, 2012

A Great Diversion

There are some leaders who believe they are above the law and they are the most dangerous. A riveting read for a holiday.

Mar 28, 2010

Interesting speculation on the possible abuse of presidential power should a man with no conscience gain the office. Also develops the theme "Just Following Orders" and applies to the Secret Service.

Nov 05, 2007

I love this author.


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