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David Baldacci , Mark Strong
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15 July 2005
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio; 1 edition (15 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781405051583
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405051583
  • ASIN: 1405051582
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 12.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Accomplished and amazing - one of the hottest reads around' (DAILY MAIL) 'Baldacci's prose is fluent and amazing... this book is sure to make a killing' (THE TIMES) 'A high-octane legal thriller. An almost Shakespearian study in the nature of evil - horror in its purest form' (SPECTATOR) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Set in Washington D.C., this fascinating thriller of unparalleled suspense dares to explore an unthinkable abuse of power and criminal conspiracy: a vicious murder involving the US President and a cover-up orchestrared by his zealously loyal Chief of Staff and the Secret Service. But, unknown to the President and his lackeys, one unlikely witness saw everything.Trapped behind a two-way mirror in a country house in Maryland, Luther Whitney, a professional burglar, witnesses an event that destroys his faith in justice. By the time he escapes, pursued by two Secret Service agents, a young woman has been sexually assaulted, then shot dead. And a breathtaking cover-up has been set in motion.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Absolute power corrupts absolutely 7 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
Here we have a book where the President of the United States is the bad guy.....and the criminal is the man of honor. This book is a thriller with political intrigue and takes place mostly around the Metro D.C. area.

The book starts with an aging burglar, Luther, breaking into a billionaire's well protected mansion. He is suprised, but not caught by none other than the President of the good ol'USA. Who happens to be with the billionaire's young wife. Luther who is hidden in a safe with a two-way mirror, watches as the President starts to beat on the young woman. The woman in an act of self preservation, grabs a letter opener and stabs the President. The ensuing struggle and yell from the President, brings the very effective Secret Service Agents into the room. Where they shoot and kill her.

The scheming Chief of Staff hatches a quick course of action to start a cover up. But no one is aware of Luther who has watched the whole horrid affair. The story begins to pick up speed when Luther decides he has do what is right and set things straight.

You can tell this is Mr. Baldacci's first book. But worth the read. I read Total Control first, and find that book of a much higher quality. I think he will only improve with each book he writes. There were parts in this book where I just had to read one more section before I put it down.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 3 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I picked up this book because I enjoyed the Clint Eastwood film based on it. If you know the film, be prepared for many changes - for the better. The film is excellent, but the book is soooo much better. I agree with many other reviewers - it's hard to put the darn thing down. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Power 4 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
Bought this book from a charity shop (sorry Amazon) last week and I couldn't put it down. I hadn't realised it was his first book. If this is the quality of his first, I can't wait to get started on his others. Some people have said that it stretched credibility a bit, which is probably true, but then that's partly why we read fiction. We're often happy to accept something a little OTT if it's done well and is exciting, and this book certainly is. Highly recommended.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baldacci Surprise me 8 Nov 2002
Format:Paperback
Having read The Last Man Standing and finding it to be a reasonably enjoyable read I stared this book with lowish expectations. Soon into the book I realised that I had seen the film of the book and my expeectations fell even further. However I wasdelightfully surprised at how good this book was. I thouroughly enjoyed it , found it accomplised , well paced and far better than the film. Absolute Power - Absolutely worth reading
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 16 Oct 2002
By Azune
Format:Paperback
I was initially drawn into reading this book because I recently read the superb Last Man Standing by the same author, having read this one I can see it was not simply a one off. This book was unusual in the respect that there was not one main character but several who were all crucial, as you enter the last third you wonder how it can all be resolved and that it what makes it so exciting, I read it in only a few days and found it stunning. His style is compulsive and his characters eminently believable, just in case someone is reading this who liked the movie...it is totally different after about two hundred pages so its all new!
I look forward to reading the rest of Mr Baldacci's books as there are few authors aside from Ludlum that I am hooked by as easily as him!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING 24 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
Having only read one Baldacci book before (FIRST FAMILY)I had to read another and wasn't disappointed. The book was gripping throughout with a great cast of characters.It contained plenty of twists and turns leaving you wondering where it was going next,building into a riveting climax.This is a must read for anyone who likes Thrillers and Suspense.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Interesting 2 Sep 2001
Format:Paperback
This type of fiction is not normally my forte, however, when I was adviced I should read this book, I was enthralled by the end of the first chapter. The characters are richly detailed, individual motivations and plots intertwining to create a complex tapestry suitable for a story about the murder of a wealthy socialite by a decadent President, and the methods used to both reveal and conceal this crime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Real Thriller 22 Jan 2008
By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
David Baldacci attended law school at the University of Virginia, and went on to work as a trial lawyer, and later as a corporate lawyer, in Washington, D.C. He is now a full-time writer whose best selling novels include Absolute Power, Total Control, The Winner, The Simple Truth and Saving Faith. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

This is one of David Baldacci's earlier books, written in 1996. Probably one of the books that has made him such a popular author of thriller reader's everywhere. His writing style has changed very little since then and the plots of his early novels are just as interesting as his later work.

A professional burglar unwittingly witnesses a a vicious murder, involving none other than the President of the United States. Luther Whitney's experience leads to him being pursued by Secret Service agents. A young woman has been sexually assaulted and then shot dead. Luther would give anything not to have been there, but he was and now he is going to be hunted like an animal . . .
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