St. Martin's Dec 2003, 24.95, 336 pp.
His license says he's a private investigator but his job calls for him to evaluate the services of client hotels and restaurants. While evaluating the service of the Blue Crab Inn in Maryland, he notices a man put something in a woman's drink at the bar. When she turns drowsy and disoriented, they try to hustle her out but Will Travis pretends to know the woman and gets her away from them. A shootout occurs and a man is dead at the hands of his victim Claire Harrington.
The two escape and team up to get away from the scene of the crime. Claire confesses that her father recently died and the police think it was a suicide but she believes it was murder. The perpetrator is one of the candidates running for President of the United States. Suddenly, Claire and Will are wanted by the state and federal agencies on bogus murder charges and it is clear that the candidate is manipulating events.
Alan Russell's political thriller POLITICAL SUICIDE takes off at light speed and doesn't slow down until the unbelievably exciting climax. The hero is a true patriot, honest to the core and thoroughly likeable thus endearing himself to the audience. The author's story is an indictment of a political system where one needs money, image, spin control, and charisma to ever having a chance of winning office. This political thriller is both timely and exciting.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner