Presidential Deal by Les Standiford
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John Deal is no hero–he just happens to be in the right place at the right time, cruising in the Gulf of Mexico when a group of Cuban refugees are tossed overboard in a smuggling operation gone awry. Then, presidential politics, particularly the importance of the Florida vote to President Frank Shelton’s reelection campaign, put Deal on stage in Miami for a Medal of Valor ceremony. In another case of bad timing, Deal is caught in the middle of a scheme by anti-Castro partisans who plan to kidnap the president and blame it on Cuba. But when at the last minute the First Lady stands in for her husband at the Medal of Valor ceremony, Deal finds himself an inadvertent hero again, abducted with Linda Shelton and taken away with her to a deserted island in the Bahamas. The problem is, nobody knows Deal’s been snatched with the First Lady–nobody except for retired cop Vern Driscoll, Deal’s closest friend. Flying into the eye of a hurricane to rescue Deal and the First Lady, he tries to accomplish what the FBI, CIA, and every other law enforcement agency under the president’s command hasn’t been able to. Meanwhile, it’s up to Deal to uncover a plot against the president hatched from somewhere within the president’s own administration.

About Les Standiford

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Les Standiford is the author of ten novels, including the John Deal series, and two works of nonfiction, including Last Train to Paradise. He wrote a chapter of Naked Came the Manatee, and edited The Putt at the End of the World, a collective novel of golf.
Published June 16, 2011 by Poisoned Pen Press. 385 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As just such a character, John Deal, in his sixth outing (Deal on Ice, 1997, etc.), has never been more engaging, braver, more resourceful, or more becomingly modest about it all.

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Standiford again proves he has the right stuff with this fifth--perhaps breakout--episode in the ongoing misadventures of unassuming, dilemma-prone Miami builder John Deal (Deal on Ice, etc.). Overnig

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