Absolute Power

Absolute Power

Book - 1996
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When burglar Luther Whitney breaks into a Virginia mansion, he witnesses a brutal crime involving the president -- a man who believes he can get away with anything -- and now, Luther may be the only one who can stop him in this #1 New York Times bestselling thriller.

In a heavily guarded mansion in the Virginia countryside, professional burglar and break-in artist Luther Whitney is trapped behind a two-way mirror. What he witnesses destroys his faith not only in justice, but in all he holds dear.

What follows is an unthinkable abuse of power and criminal conspiracy, as a breathtaking cover-up is set in motion by those appointed to work for one of the most important people in the world -- the President of the United States.
Publisher: New York, NY : Warner Books, c1996.
ISBN: 9780446519960
Characteristics: 469 p. ; 24 cm.


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Mar 06, 2021

Great plot.

Baldacci comes up with great stuff, and covers all the details.

That said, this went on a little too long for me.

4.5 stars.

Oct 05, 2016

Baldacci's first book, published after years of being rejected (why is this so often true?), became a huge hit. A well-written, entertaining thriller, with sympathetic characters. In fact, the characters are better-realized than in his more recent works. Atypically, he frequently refers to them by their first name; in later books he uses their surname; this makes them both more professional & harder to relate to. A very enjoyable, interesting & satisfying read.

I had to read this over 3 days, what a great plot. Unlike some of his novels, the characters have more insight into what is driving them to make some of their decisions. A vey interesting way for author to critique his government by exposing flaws in the presidential system through crime fiction.

Jul 02, 2016

Great book! It was difficult to set the book down as the twists and turns just kept coming.

Feb 18, 2016

Fantastic read! Exciting plot, dynamic characters and fast paced. Highly recommend!

Apr 29, 2015

Excellent book. I still have a difficult time believing this was the first one by Baldacci. Very talented writer

MarilynBelleghem Jun 04, 2012

A Great Diversion

There are some leaders who believe they are above the law and they are the most dangerous. A riveting read for a holiday.

Mar 28, 2010

Interesting speculation on the possible abuse of presidential power should a man with no conscience gain the office. Also develops the theme "Just Following Orders" and applies to the Secret Service.

Nov 05, 2007

I love this author.


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