Patterson’s masterful portrayals of law and politics at the apex of power have
made him one of our most important writers of popular fiction. Combining a
compelling narrative, exhaustive research, and a sophisticated grasp of
contemporary society, his bestselling novels bring explosive social problems to
vivid life through characters who are richly imagined and intensely real. Now
in Balance of Power Patterson confronts one of America’s most
inflammatory issues–the terrible toll of gun violence.
Kilcannon and his fiancée, television journalist Lara Costello, have at last
decided to marry. But their wedding is followed by a massacre of innocents in a
lethal burst of gunfire, challenging their marriage and his presidency in ways
so shattering and indelibly personal that Kilcannon vows to eradicate gun
violence and crush the most powerful lobby in Washington—the Sons of the Second
Allied with the
President’s most determined rival, the resourceful and relentless Senate
Majority Leader Frank Fasano, the SSA declares all-out war on Kerry Kilcannon,
deploying its arsenal of money, intimidation, and secret dealings to eviscerate
Kilcannon’s crusade—and, it hopes, destroy his presidency. This ignites a
high-stakes game of politics and legal maneuvering in the Senate, the
courtroom, and across the country, which the charismatic but untested young
President is determined to win at any cost. But in the incendiary clash over
gun violence and gun rights, the cost to both Kilcannons may be even higher
than he imagined.
And others in the
crossfire may also pay the price: the idealistic lawyer who has taken on the
gun industry; the embattled CEO of America’s leading gun maker; the war-hero
senator caught between conflicting ambitions; the female senator whose career
is at risk; and the grief-stricken young woman fighting to emerge from the
shadow of her sister, the First Lady.
The insidious ways
money corrodes democracy and corrupts elected officials…the visceral debate
between gun-rights and gun-control advocates…the bitter legal conflict between
gun companies and the victims of gun violence…a ratings-driven media that both
manipulates and is manipulated—Richard North Patterson weaves these engrossing
themes into an epic novel that moves us with its force, passion, and authority.
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