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The main plot of "The Librarian" follows David Goldberg, a University librarian in Washington, D.c., as he takes on the side job of cataloging a private collection of papers for Alan Carston Stowe, a power-hungry billionaire. Set against the backdrop of the U.S. presidential campaign -- Augustus Winthrop Scott (Patriot Act wielding, terrorist-stomping incumbent) vs. Sen. Anne Lynn Murphy (Vietnam Veteran, medical doctor, liberal), Goldberg must uncover what Stowe and his cohorts (particularly the mysterious and ever-present "Gray Man") are planning in the event that their man loses his election.
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Due to a series of wrong place/wrong time events, Goldberg finds himself running for his life, from government-employed hitmen. He enlists the assistance of the Director of Homeland Security's beautiful wife and two librarians with surprising strengths of their own.
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David Goldberg is a university librarian. He is hired by Alan Stowe, an elderly millionaire, to be his part-time private librarian. Stowe is financing the re-election campaign of the conservative Republican president, Gus Scott. Scott is running against the Democrat Anne Lynn Murphy.

President Scott's re-election team also includes Jack Morgan, a top official in the Homeland Security Department, who is not afraid to use the resources of the department in the service of the campaign. When Murphy begins to do better in the polls, Morgan suspects that the Murphy campaign has planted spies in the Scott campaign. He suspects Goldberg. Morgan uses his beautiful wife, Niobe, to try to catch Goldberg.

When Goldberg is forced to go on the run, he discovers dangerous secrets about the re-election campaign.
The review of this Book prepared by Susanna Marlowe

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   election campaign    -   political blackmail Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   president gone bad

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   librarian or superKlausner Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American    -   Religious Jew


United States    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   Washington D.C. Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   ranch Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of male nudity    -   rape (yeech!)    -   bestiality (baaa!) Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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