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Author: Jake Tapper Narrator: Jake Tapper Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2018 ISBN: 9781478989288
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A 1950s DC intrigue about a secret society and a young Congressman in its grip

Charlie Marder is an unlikely congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, DC, alongside his young wife Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own.

Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history. When Charlie discovers a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of governance, he has to fight not only for his principles and his newfound political career—but for his life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A potent thriller, replete with well-developed characters that made me think that history does indeed repeat itself.”

    David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Pulled me into 1950s Washington, DC, and didn’t let go until the last, satisfying page. Tapper’s passions for history and politics shine through.”

    Alafair Burke, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A splashy, swampy page-turner [that] plunges readers into the heart of ’50s Washington, DC. The book showcases Tapper’s passion for American political history, rich as it is with fascinating period details, as well as his feel for a story well told.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Tapper has a flair for Mad Men-esque ’50s flourishes…What’s really fun about The Hellfire Club are the real-life characters who pop up and whom Tapper sketches with aplomb. A creepily charming Joe McCarthy, a vile Roy Cohn, an unctuous Lyndon Johnson, and a hobbling, womanizing Jack Kennedy (and his sweet young wife Jackie) make memorable cameos.”

    USA Today

  • “A meticulously researched work of historical fiction with a byzantine plot punctuated by explosive, Dan Brown-esque twists.”

    New York Times

  • “Tapper intriguingly weaves figures from history with his fictional characters. Joe McCarthy is at the height of his power, aided by Roy Cohn and a young Bobby Kennedy. John Kennedy is a rising star, and Lyndon Johnson a congressional power. Into this world wanders Marder expecting more from the capitol than perhaps it can give.”

    Los Angeles Review of Books

  • “Political junkies will thrill to this journey into the sordid months of 1954 when Senator Joe McCarthy was steamrolling civil rights and Puerto Rican nationalists shot at congressmen on the floor of the House of Representatives…Tapper, celebrated for his distinguished journalism career, has earned his spurs and white hat in this gunslinging saga through the underbelly of American government. Any District of Columbia fan will recognize his deep knowledge of congressional lore and local geography. Close to a 50-50 balance between fact and fiction, this debut will have readers calling for more fiction from Tapper’s writerly pen.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “intriguing…(Tapper’s) intimate knowledge of Washington is undeniable.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month Selection for Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense
  • A USA Today Pick of 5 New Books You Won't Want to Miss
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • An iBooks bestseller

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About the Author

Jake Tapper is the author of nonfiction New York Times bestseller The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor. He is a CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent. The Lead with Jake Tapper, his one-hour weekday program, debuted in March 2013. He was named host of the network’s Sunday morning show, State of the Union, in 2015. He has been a widely respected reporter in the nation’s capital for over a dozen years.