Shelley's Heart: A Thriller (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Feb 1, 2011 - Fiction - 576 pages
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The first presidential election of the twenty-first century, bitterly contested by two men who are implacable political rivals but lifelong personal friends, is stolen through computer fraud. On the eve of the Inauguration the losing candidate presents proof of the crime to his opponent, the incumbent President, and demands that he stand aside. The winner refuses and takes the oath of office, thereby setting in motion what may destroy him and his party, and even bring down the Constitution.

From this crisis, master storyteller Charles McCarry, author of such classic thrillers as The Tears of Autumn and The Last Supper weaves a masterpiece of political intrigue. Shelley's Heart is so gripping in its realism and so striking in its foresight that McCarry's devoted readers may view this tale of love, murder, betrayal, and life-or-death struggles for the political soul of America as an act of prophecy.
  

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A former operative for the CIA, Charles McCarry (b. 1930) is America's most revered author of espionage fiction. Born in Massachusetts, McCarry began his writing career in the army, as a correspondent for" Stars and Stripes". In the 1950s he served as a speechwriter for President Eisenhower before taking a post with the CIA, for which he traveled the globe as a deep cover operative. He left the Agency in 1967, and set about converting his experiences into fiction. His first novel, "The Miernik Dossier "(1971), introduced Paul Christopher, an American spy who struggles to balance his family life with his work. McCarry has continued writing about Christopher and his family for decades, producing ten novels in the series to date. A former editor-at-large for "National Geographic", McCarry has written extensive nonfiction, and continues to write essays and book reviews for various national publications. "Ark" (2011) is his most recent novel.

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