Balance of Power

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Pan Books, 2004 - Firearms - 800 pages
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From the courtrooms to the White House, an epic novel which confronts the terrible toll of gun violence so prevalent throughout the US, and now in the UK A must read for anyone interested in the gun debate-BILL CLINTONFive months into his term, President Kilcannon and his fiancee, television journalist Lara Costello, have decided to marry. But the occasion is followed by a terrible tragedy: a massacre of innocents in a lethal burst of gunfire. It is a shattering event that consumes Kilcannon and his wife, challenging both their marriage, and his Presidency in such a personal way that Kilcannon vows to eradicate gun violence throughout the US. In a high-stakes game of politics and legal manoeuvring where ideals collide in the Senate, the courtroom and across the the country, President Kilcannon is determined to win at any cost. But in the clash over gun rights and violence, the cost to both Kilcannons may be even higher than the President imagined. Patterson has the rare gift of enthralling as he informs-MARK LAWSON, THE GUARDIAN

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About the author (2004)

Richard North Patterson's eleven previous novels include seven consecutive international bestsellers (among them No Safe Place, Degree of Guilt and Dark Lady - Random House). Formerly a trial lawyer in Washington and San Francisco, he now lives with his wife and their family in San Francisco and on Martha's Vineyard.

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