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The First Counsel " Signed "

Meltzer, Brad

ISBN 10: 0446527289 / ISBN 13: 9780446527286
Published by Warner Books, 2001
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2001. Hardback. Fine first edition first print in fine dust jacket protected with Mylar cover. Signed by author on title page. Bookseller Inventory # 252

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Title: The First Counsel " Signed "

Publisher: Warner Books

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

Book Type: Hardback

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Synopsis:

In New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzers most mesmerizing and suspenseful novel yet, a young White House attorney gets caught up in a deadly conspiracy when he gets too close to the daughter of the president. Warner has signed Brad Meltzer for two books and will now publish him in both hardcover and paperback. White House lawyer Michael Garrick has a relatively anonymous position at a very public address. That is, until he starts dating Nora Harston (Secret Service code name: Shadow), the sexy and dangerously irresistible daughter of the president. But the confident young attorneywho starts feeling like the First Counselthinks he can handle the pressure. Until, out on a date, Nora and Michael see something they shouldnt. And when a body is discovered and Michael is the suspected killer, he finds himself on the run. Now he must find a way to prove his innocence. The First Counsel. The Presidents Daughter. You never dated anyone like this. Brad Meltzer is the bestselling author of The Tenth Justice (Rob Weisbach/William Morrow, 1997), which spent seven weeks on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list. His most recent novel, Dead Even (Rob Weisbach/William Morrow, 1998), was on the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller lists. Warners paperback editions of The Tenth Justice and Dead Even (1998 and 3/99, respectively) sold nearly 700,000 copies combined.

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Aficionados of the hit TV show The West Wing who are suffering through holiday reruns will jump right into Brad Meltzer's third novel (after The Tenth Justice and Dead Even), which takes readers into the White House office of the president's own law firm and introduces a first daughter whose complex psychological problems jump-start this fast-paced thriller. Michael Garrick loves his job as deputy counsel, but when he falls for Nora Hartson, the president's daughter, the conflict between his professional ethics and his growing love for her puts him right in the middle of a murder plot that may reach all the way to the Oval Office.

Meltzer excels at plotting, and he knows the back corridors, family quarters, and secret tunnels of the executive branch as well as those of the Supreme Court, which he revealed in his first two blockbusters. He's not as skillful at characterization. It's hard to believe that the sociopathic tendencies of people in a president's inner circle--or even his family--would have managed to escape the scrutiny of an FBI investigation during his rise to power. And Nora, in particular, doesn't quite come off as the misguided victim she must be in order to make the rest of the story credible. But that's not a huge quibble; Meltzer manages to make Edgar Simon, Michael's boss, the most interesting White House counsel since John Dean. The First Counsel is a cleverly commercial mix of legal thriller and political chicanery guaranteed to keep you turning pages until Meltzer puts the third branch of government in his sights, too. --Jane Adams

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