The First Counsel

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Hodder & Stoughton, Dec 11, 2009 - Fiction - 300 pages
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JFK Jr. was Lark. Amy Carter was Dynamo. Chelsea Clinton was Energy. Meet Shadow.

'Shadow' is the Secret Service codename for the First Daughter, Nora Hartson. And when she starts dating young White House lawyer Michael Garrick, he starts feeling like First Counsel. That's what happens to everyone who lives in her world.

It's a world all of us have heard about, but none of us truly know - a world where your dad's the President, your close friends wear earpieces and carry guns and a world where everyone is watching.

On a date, Nora and Michael see something they shouldn't. To protect her, he admits to something he shouldn't. And when the problem snowballs out of control, she may have to do something she shouldn't.

The First Counsel. The President's daughter. You've never dated anyone like this.

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User Review  - Jeff Tufano - Goodreads

2.5 stars This is my first experience with Brad Melzter. The First Counsel is about a White House staff lawyer Michael Garrick being framed for murder of another White House staff and his tryst with ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maddy - Goodreads

PROTAGONIST: Michael Garrick SETTING: Washington, DC RATING: 3.0 WHY: Michael Garrick is an attorney in the White House's legal office and has just begun dating the President's daughter, Nora Hartson ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

Brad Meltzer is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Book of Fate, and five other bestselling thrillers: The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires and The Zero Game. He is also one of the co-creators of the American TV show, Jack & Bobby, and is the writer of the #1 selling graphic novels, Identity Crisis and Justice League of America. He is also the host of Brad Meltzer's Decoded for the History Channel, the second season of which airs in October 2011. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School, he currently lives in Florida. Visit Brad's website,; find him on Facebook at; or follow him on Twitter at

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