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Ivy, Aug 2002, 6.99, 400 pp.
ISBN: 0345447395

Former White House Press Secretary Dr. Phillip Norton, owner of a prestigious publishing firm, hires investigative reporter Simon Keller to write a biography on the late President Graham Hayward. Phillip sweetens the deal by offering to publish a second book written by Simon. Needing the money though remaining skeptical, Simon accepts the deal. He begins his interviews and research on the still highly regarded president whose reputation is lily clean and whose son is running for the White House.

Simon uncovers a shocker when Alzheimer's victim Miles Kendell mentioned how he and his best friend Graham loved the same woman. Simon learns that Graham had an affair with Blythe Pierce while happily married and residing in the White House. He also learns that Blythe died in a hit and run accident never solved though it was deliberate murder and that Graham sired an out of wedlock child. Simon identifies the child as Dina McDermott, owner of Garden Gates. Soon someone who wants that secret left buried goes after Dina with only Simon as her protector.

THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER is an exciting romantic suspense thriller that deliberately starts slowly so that the readers understand the personalities of the key cast members. Once that is accomplished, the tale goes into SST speed until the climax. Though it seems unlikely that a sitting president could sire a child without the media finding out, fans will accept the smoking gun because Mariah Stewart's tale contains two likable heroes struggling to survive an unknown enemy.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   political blackmail    -   preventing/finding assassin Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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