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Political Suicide [Hardcover]

Alan Russell

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur; 1 edition (Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312314183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312314187
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,700,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Political thriller 2 Feb 2004
By Jim Tenuto - Published on
Alan Russell has written noir private detective novels, comedic crime fiction, an outstanding police procedural, a fascinating psychological thriller and a thriller from the world of entertainment. He now takes a turn at a political thriller.
Political Suicide features private investigator Will Travis, a different kind of "hotel detective". With his near photgraphic memory, Travis evaluates restaurants and hotels, reporting on service issues and employee theft or neglect to his clients. During one of these evaluations he witnesses a man slipping something into his woman companion's drink. Travis rescues the woman, Claire Harrington, inserting himself into a twisted plot of suicide/murder and presedential politics.
One of Russell's hallmarks is to educate his readers on any number of subjects. In past novels he has written about teaching ASL to gorillas, papparazzi, fencing as a true blood sport, redwoods and environmentalism, and any number of other topics. In this book, Russell takes us into the closed world of a military academy, West Point, as well as dueling.
Will Travis, who can trace his family tree back to Colonel Travis of Alamo fame, leaves West Point because of a violation of the honor code. His life has been one of always seeking redemption and forgiveness. A rich, complex character.
This book is a fast read. Entertaining, tightly plotted, with a cast of strong characters. As to the tree...well, I'll let discover that one for yourself.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strong political thriller 26 Nov 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
His license says he's a private investigator but his job calls for him to evaluate the services of client hotels and restaurants. While evaluating the service of the Blue Crab Inn in Maryland, he notices a man put something in a woman's drink at the bar. When she turns drowsy and disoriented, they try to hustle her out but Will Travis pretends to know the woman and gets her away from them. A shootout occurs and a man is dead at the hands of his victim Claire Harrington.
The two escape and team up to get away from the scene of the crime. Claire confesses that her father recently died and the police think it was a suicide but she believes it was murder. The perpetrator is one of the candidates running for President of the United States. Suddenly, Claire and Will are wanted by the state and federal agencies on bogus murder charges and it is clear that the candidate is manipulating events.
Alan Russell's political thriller POLITICAL SUICIDE takes off at light speed and doesn't slow down until the unbelievably exciting climax. The hero is a true patriot, honest to the core and thoroughly likeable thus endearing himself to the audience. The author's story is an indictment of a political system where one needs money, image, spin control, and charisma to ever having a chance of winning office. This political thriller is both timely and exciting.
Harriet Klausner
3.0 out of 5 stars excellent, except for.. 24 Jun 2007
By Boilermaker - Published on
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This is the first Alan Russell book I've read. It was a fast read, with a flawed, unlikely hero, and good character development. I agree with most of the other reviews, so see them for details. What I wanted to point out was why I gave the book 3 stars, instead of 4 or 5.
There was one event in the book that was so implausible and far-fetched, it almost made me throw the book down in disgust. I'm glad I didn't as the book was pretty good.
The event in question was when Will Travis was chained to a tree after being beaten up. The author spent 8 pages detailing how Will gnawed through the tree (albiet hollow)! I guess he is part beaver! He did chip a tooth and get a sore mouth out of his efforts, but he actually (fictionally) did it.
Anyway, once I put that out of my mind, I was able to finish the book.
It IS a good read.
4.0 out of 5 stars There are aspects of this book and its protagonist ... 28 May 2007
By Alessia Brio - Published on
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... that will stay with me indefinitely. I nearly stopped reading during the Prologue, thinking it dry. I'm glad I didn't. The alternating 1st & 3rd person narrative jarred me at first, but it works well for the story line. Russell's humor shines in Will Travis. I thoroughly enjoyed his powers of observation -- couldn't get enough of those passages. I got lost a bit with the evil thug boogeyman's agenda, though. It just never seemed to click with the politics. The romance, although developed & revealed gradually, never did resonate with me -- although it had nothing to do with the portrayal of Will Travis; probably due more to my own personal/political biases than any flaw in the work. All in all, I consider this title well worth the time & price of admission. I'll be reading more of Alan Russell.
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good read. 10 April 2005
By L. J. Roberts - Published on
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Russell has the incredible ability to teach me a lot-the hospitality industry, West Point and the military, personal history of presidents, dueling, and more-while telling great story. Travis was a wonderful character. His descriptions of the Washington D.C. area are excellent. Even though it definitely bogged down at the end, I started in early in the morning, read it at lunch and finished it when I came home from work. I really enjoyed this book.
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