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The Write Stuff: Members’ Prose

Blood of Patriots by Former Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii), now governor of Hawaii, and Richard Hoyt
Abercrombie’s debut thriller opens on the floor of the House of Representatives, where terrorists unleash a massacre that kills 124 Members of Congress and sends the president into hiding. Before long, a cynical former CIA agent is on the case, uncovering clues to discover who perpetrated the horror and why. The book reads like many of Hoyt’s other mysteries, although it’s clear that Abercrombie added a slew of insider details. 

“Luisa retrieved an Uzi machine pistol from under her trench coat; Oscar pulled a Model 29 Smith & Wesson .44 magnum revolver with an eight-inch barrel from under his trench coat. Oscar shattered the skull of Speaker Jim Purdy at the Republican leadership table and picked off Representative Barbara Laine next to him. Holding the monster pistol with both hands and moving it in a smooth sweep, he then quickly picked off the guards just inside each door of the gallery. He squeezed off each shot with dispatch, yet each was deliberate and well aimed. Not once did he break his lethal rhythm with a miss.”

Blind Trust by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
Boxer’s second novel follows a liberal Senator who faces off with an old foe while juggling a media scandal and a chaotic personal life. Reviewers complained that the characterization is too partisan — nearly all the Republicans are evil while the Democrats are angelic.

“She bent her head, spent a very long time meticulously spreading a thin coating of butter on her muffin, and suddenly he lost his patience. ‘Listen, ever since I saw you across that room, fighting for your children’s bill with every nerve in your body, I’ve loved you and wanted you and I can’t stand the thought of losing you. But this is it, lady! This is the end of the line. I’m not just some colleague asking you to co-sponsor a bill. I’m asking you to marry me!’

And at last, finally, she said yes, and he vowed she’d never regret it.”
 
The Double Man by former Sens. William S. Cohen (R-Maine) and Gary Hart (D-Colo.)
Authored by two Senators from opposite sides of the aisle, this spy novel deals with the CIA, the KGB, the Kennedy assassination and terrorism, among other state secrets. The story follows Thomas Chandler, a Connecticut Senator with White House ambitions who ends up tangled in a Soviet plot and in love with an aide.

“The Secretary was a reticent man whose language, like his mind, was direct, uncomplicated by the superfluous. Reserve was a word always associated with his name. No one could recall seeing him lose his temper, even when outrageously provoked at a congressional hearing.

Now that reserve was broken, and he wept quietly in his study. He had demanded to know every detail of the attack, and his mind kept playing those details over and over. He was consumed with guilt for not having been in that car to die with Alicia and Woodie and Natalie.”

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