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Presidential Deal (John Deal #5)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  4 reviews
James Ellroy called Les Standiford "the unassailable new kingpin of the south Florida crime novel ... inheritor of the Elmor] Leonard mantle". Standiford shows how richly he deserves such praise in his most intricate, white-knuckle thriller yet, in which reluctant hero John Deal gets kidnapped -- along with the First Lady of the United States.When John Deal Saves Dozens of ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published August 30th 1998 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1998)
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Frederick Bingham
This book is about John Deal, a small-time Miami contractor. In an unlikely series of events he ends up in a ceremony that goes awry. Both he and the first lady are kidnapped by shadowy crooks and taken to a Caribbean island. Meanwhile his friend, Vernon Driscoll, an ex-cop, searches for him. Dirscoll manages to out-search the entire US government, find the crooks and kill most of them. Deal and the first lady escape after a hurricane kills more of the bad guys, resurrect their boat and sail the ...more
Rob Smith
My favorite and most fun book read this year so far. It just jettisons from page 1 in an exciting and enthralling 400+ pages. Good guys John Deal and Vernon Driscoll are up against a seemingly impossible task that is just too much fun to follow along with. There are a few holes in the plot. However, recently it seems to me too many authors are going overboard trying to cover every second covered in a story and author Les Standiford leaves gaps of time to the imagination and makes it work. To me ...more
This offers a complex plot with deception involving Washington power brokers with ties to the president.
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Les Standiford is a historian and author and has since 1985 been the Director of the Florida International University Creative Writing Program. Standiford has been awarded the Frank O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Fiction, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and belongs to the Associated Writing Programs, Mystery Writers of Ameri ...more
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