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The Incumbent

McGrory, Brian

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ISBN 10: 0743403509 / ISBN 13: 9780743403504
Published by Atria, 2000
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed by Author 0743403509 This hardcover book is Fine, being square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by the Author on the title page without inscription. Bookseller Inventory # 006201

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Title: The Incumbent

Publisher: Atria

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition.

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A sizzling thriller from Washington press insider Brian McGrory, who stormed to the top of the political suspense A-list with his highly praised, national bestselling debut The Incumbent.Brian McGrory's first novel generated excitement and praise from every quarter -- writers, politicians, journalists, and discerning thriller aficionados alike. Bob Woodward called The Incumbent, "a real, genuine, classic political thriller." It was a People Page Turner of the Week, and the Chicago Tribune cast it as "the literary equivalent of a grande espresso mocha -- rare and most welcome."Harry Cutter, reporter for the Boston Record, is beginning to have doubts about the journalistic ethics employed by his mentor Robert Fitzgerald. But when Harry's uncle, the newspaper's publisher, is murdered in the company's parking lot, Harry's focus changes as he determines to investigate the killing. Is it connected to the attempted takeover of the newspaper? Or could it be linked to the confirmation hearings in Washington for the new U.S. Attorney General, who is Fitzgerald's oldest friend? As Harry works against a dwindling clock, and is forced to reassess his relationships with all those closest to him, only one thing is certain: he must uncover the truth behind the unimaginably dark conspiracy before it is too late.


Author Brian McGrory's experience as a veteran in Washington journalism ought to serve him well in this insider's take on presidential politics, which has been thoughtfully timed for pre-election publication. The premise is a good one: an assassination attempt just days before Clayton Hutchins faces his first national race for the White House, witnessed by a reporter who's been invited to join the campaign as press secretary. But there are too many holes in the back story to make this thriller credible, as McGrory should know. The plot turns on a secret any self-respecting reporter would have tumbled to at the time Hutchins, a self-made millionaire who was elected governor of a Midwestern state in a last-minute landslide, was appointed to replace a vice president who died in office. It strains credulity that by the time Hutchins ascends to the presidency (just a few weeks before the election, when the incumbent also dies in office) that his entire life has not been so thoroughly scrutinized that there are no skeletons left in his closet.

A warning by an anonymous caller that "nothing is as it seems" sets reporter Jack Flynn on the trail of the truth, a trail that takes him first to a militia compound in Idaho and then to a workingman's bar in Boston before he realizes that the answers are hidden much closer to home. The flaws in the plot are even more glaring considering the paeans to investigative journalism and its heroes with which McGrory seasons his narrative. It wouldn't have taken Bob Woodward or Carl Bernstein 10 minutes of telephone research to conclude what the author requires three-quarters of a novel to figure out. But in an election year when the candidates compete to see who can put the voters to sleep first, The Incumbent may whet the appetites of a few political junkies. --Jane Adams

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