Potomac Fever

Henry Horrock, Author Little Brown and Company $24 (304p) ISBN 978-0-316-35472-1
From the pseudonymous husband and wife team of Diane Henry and Nicholas Horrock (Blood Red, Snow White) comes a seamless collaboration that tingles with suspense, breathing new life into the clich -ridden White House conspiracy plot. Homicide Detective Lt. Cal Terrell wakes up in the hospital unable to speak, but devotedly attended by his ex-wife, Vivian. As he fades in and out of consciousness, Cal relives the attack on his life, which is tied to the murder of Mary Jeanne Turner, the hostess of a posh D.C. restaurant, who was branded on her buttock with a letter ""B"" just before she died. Investigating the case with his voluptuous partner Sgt. Bobbie Short, Terrell soon finds links to D.C.'s black Republican mayor, Martin Cameron; a real estate development called Rivergate; Vivian's current husband, Edward St. Denis, who's a White House aide; and a shoot-out at the Reggae Club, which just happens to be located in a neighborhood slated to be torn down as part of the Rivergate project. When Terrell learns about a party on a boat called Potomac Fever, the White House connection falls into place, but there's nothing tired about the way Horrock lays the trail. The writing here is crisp and clear; the characters are sharply drawn and always believable, and the realistic dialogue has zing and heft. A clear picture of how Washington works--the way power and money and race keep colliding against each other--is visible on every page. This is a stand-out effort: exciting, engrossing and impossible to put down. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/03/1999
Release date: 05/01/1999
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 552 pages - 978-0-7862-2175-2
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7927-2334-9
Mass Market Paperbound - 352 pages - 978-0-7860-1105-6
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-7860-9781-4
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