cover image The Race

The Race

Richard North Patterson, . . Holt, $26 (339pp) ISBN 978-0-8050-7948-7

Leaving courtroom thrills behind, Patterson crafts an absorbing and suspenseful account of a dirty run for the Republican presidential nomination. Sen. Corey Grace, a Republican from Ohio, became a public hero during the Gulf War after surviving the crash of his jet and enduring months of captivity and torture. Thirteen years later, he's 43 and one of a national magazine's 50 “sexiest men alive.” Corey has a real shot at winning his party's nomination—if, as his advisers constantly remind him, he can just rein in his impulsiveness, his party-line crossing votes and his habit of telling the truth. When Corey falls for sexy African-American actress Lexie Hart, who comes to Washington to lobby for stem cell research, Corey's advisers wring their hands. But they soon have more pressing matters to deal with: among the other candidates in the Republican field are evangelist Rev. Bob Christy and Sen. Rob Marotta of Pennsylvania—a man under the de facto control of Machiavellian campaign director Magnus Price, “The Darth Vader of American politics.” The perfidy and mendacity that follow mesmerize as much as they ring true. (Oct.)