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But the political process gets to him and, unbelievably for intimates and the public alike, he suffers something very like a personality change. When a terrorist targets his daughte...more
On top of this deranged layer cake are squeezed an aspiring Hollywood screenwriter, ...more
Mario Puzo's "The Fourth K," one of his least commercially successful novels, is a bit of what-if fiction, in this case, What if another Kennedy became President?
The book suggests a setting roughly around the time of its writing (early 90's). It incorporates some (fictional) history but doesn't spend a lot of time bringing the reader up to date on its alternate history; we're more or less shoved into the story right away. And it's a grim one involving the assassination of the Pope and the ...more
This book has an unusual way of introducing characters - they would pop up into the story only have an thorough introduction, background, fear etc on preceding pages - kind of helped, it chopped up the story when it happened.
The characters were detailed, with quirks and features well described. The political stratagems were subtle, clever and a big part of the book. The power displayed by the oligarch and politicians ...more