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True Believers by Kurt Andersen
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May 18, 12

bookshelves: first-reads, spy-novel, historical-fiction
Read from May 06 to 15, 2012

Sixty-four year old, divorced Karen Hollaender is a former U.S. Supreme Court Clerk, Legal Aid lawyer, a current law professor, and author who has been commissioned by her publisher to write a memoir. The plot involves Karen researching her past where we learn early on that something happened to cause her to decline an invitation to be considered as a candidate for the Supreme Court. My problem with the book, is that it was too slow-paced. I feel like the author wanted it to be edgier as we gradually learn about the secret in Karen’s past, but unfortunately he focused on personal relationships more than moving the plot along—It just didn’t grab me. Now, if Karen really had been like Wile E. Coyote in a Road Runner cartoon, suspended in midair just past the edge of the cliff, waiting to fall (p. 399), it would have been a lot more interesting.
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