The Race by Richard North Patterson

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Can an honest man become president? In this timely and provocative novel, a maverick candidate takes on his political enemies and the ruthless machinery of American politics

Corey Grace--a handsome and charismatic Republican senator from Ohio--is plunged by an act of terrorism into a fierce presidential primary battle with the favorite of the party establishment and a magnetic leader of the Christian right. A decorated Gulf War Air Force pilot known for speaking his mind, Grace's reputation for voting his own conscience rather than the party line--together with his growing romance with Lexie Hart, an African-American movie star--has earned him a reputation as a maverick and an iconoclast. But Grace is still haunted by a tragic mistake buried deep in his past, and now his integrity will be put to the test in this most brutal of political contests, in which nothing in his past or present life is off-limits.

Depicting contemporary power politics at its most ruthless, The Race takes on the most incendiary issues in American culture: racism, terrorism, religious fundamentalism, gay rights, and the rise of media monopolies with their own agenda and lust for power. As the pressure of the campaign intensifies, Grace encounters betrayal, excruciating moral choices, and secrets that can destroy lives. Ultimately, the race leads to a deadlocked party convention where Grace must resolve the conflict between his romance with Lexie and his presidential ambitions--and decide just who and what he is willing to sacrifice.


About Richard North Patterson

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Richard North Patterson studied fiction writing with Jesse Hill Ford at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has written ten novels, including the international bestsellers Degree of Guilt, Eyes of a Child, The Final Judgment, Silent Witness, and No Safe Place. Patterson lives with his wife, Laurie, and their family in San Francisco and on Martha's Vineyard.
Published April 1, 2010 by Henry Holt and Co.. 545 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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In exploring the facets of that question through the actions and interactions of characters thinly-based on real-life political figures, one is drawn into Patterson's fairy-tale political world in which all appears to be as we expect it to be: to the brim with betrayals, shady deals, dirty tricks...

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Rob Marotta and his campaign manager, Magnus Price, go so far as to present Grace as a "Manchurian Candidate" who may be in league with Al-Qaeda, while Bob Christy pressures Grace on Christian ideals that oppose same-sex marriage and abortion rights.

Apr 27 2011 | Read Full Review of The Race

Carlin Romano

The controversial New Yorker cover of July 21, 2008 — showing the Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, as a Muslim jihadist and his wife, Michelle, as a gun-toting, Afro-wearing black militant — actually missed its target.

Oct 10 2008 | Read Full Review of The Race

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