The Hellfire Club

The Hellfire Club

Book - 2018
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After a mysterious fatal car accident kills his predecessor, Congressman Charlie Marder struggles to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, D.C., where he finds an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a conspiracy at the highest levels of the government.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316472319
031647231X
Branch Call Number: F TAPPER
Characteristics: 342 pages ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Hell fire club

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KlayDyer
Aug 27, 2018

A fan of Tapper as a journalist, but as a novelist he falls into the familiar journalistic-trap: the detail (great in a news story) overwhelms the storytelling, leaving a decent (not spectacular) premise flat on the page. At times, too, this first novel reads as a bit of an insider's game, with names dropped just to be dropped rather than to move the plot forward in a significant (or at least entertaining) way.

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jrn520
Jul 28, 2018

Interesting historical era (1954) but the author is a hi-profile talking head/journalist with CNN and the anachronisms and chronological errors are off-putting to say the least. Needs a better editor.

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Memawrayne
Jun 25, 2018

An excellent book. It does start out a little slow as he is setting up his characters and then wham!! Politics, power and corruption move in. Powerful characters and a good mystery. His descriptions of Washington D.C. in the 50's could almost be the same city today as he describes what is happening. Then there was fear of Communism and now there is fear of immigrants. I have a much better understanding of Ike's phrase" military-industrial complex" and what he was referring to..

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cambridgedon
Jun 07, 2018

O.K., Tapper is not a Deaver - let's put that out first so thriller is a bit of an overstatement. However, the skilful combination of fact and fiction (and conspiracy thinking) makes you realize just how corrupt Washington is and, indeed, always has been. Fans of history will like this well-researched book.

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dwautier
May 01, 2018

dwautier thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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