Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The President's Henchman (Jim McGill, #1)” as Want to Read:
The President's Henchman (Jim McGill, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The President's Henchman

(Jim McGill #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  2,625 ratings  ·  294 reviews
As we've just seen, it's only a matter of time--and not that long a time--before the United States elects its first female president. Which will make her husband--what?

Well, if he's the ex-cop who solved the murder of the president's first husband and brought the killers to justice...and if he's not the kind of guy to stand on formality...and if he doesn't want to be the h

Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published June 29th 2013 by Stray Dog Press, Inc. (first published January 13th 2009)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The President's Henchman, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The President's Henchman

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.17  · 
Rating details
 ·  2,625 ratings  ·  294 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The President's Henchman (Jim McGill, #1)
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonetta by: Sheery
Jim McGill is married to the President of the United States, the first woman elected to the office. He’s a former police chief now trying to establish his new private investigation firm. He came up with his new moniker, The President’s Henchman, discarding all the others pretty handily. His first case is indirectly connected as the client is a member of the White House press corp and he’s also asked to shadow an Air Force investigator who’s representing a rising female Army colonel who’s being a ...more
Mike French
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read! While Joseph Flynn is not as well known as Vince Flynn, I enjoy him just as much in the two books I have read. Planning on Reading more ASAP!
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Disjointed novel with an intriguing premise.

The first female president's husband is a PI. He puts out his shingle and his first case is a news reporter who has a stalker. From there, things fall apart. The book tries to bring West Wing type political stuff into a PI mystery, but there is no real understanding of politics, on either the local or the national level, or of civics, either.

The author tries to do too much, with too little, and produced a disappointing novel.
Sharon Michael
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm always delighted when one of the free downloads turns out to be something I can't put down, especially if it is the first of a series and more books are available.

Interesting premise, main characters are a married couple, she is the first woman president of the U.S. and he is a former police officer. Lots of characters, perhaps not completely believable plotline but the characters make it work, a few stock characters but developed well into individuals. Somewhat of a black/white presentation
Kyra Halland
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Wow, what a ride. Fast-paced, suspenseful, witty, with great characters.

Jim McGill is a former cop who just happens to be married to the recently-elected first woman president of the United States. To keep himself busy, he opens up a P.I. business (much to the displeasure of his Secret Service guards). But soon enough, he finds out that life at the White House isn't all bunnies and rainbows.

There's a military sex scandal, a Cuban crisis, a mad scientist trying to work his way into the CIA with a
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! It was recommended to me by a friend and I'm so glad I read it! It's the first in a series and I've already got the second book ready to go.

Jim McGill is the husband to the first female president of the United States. As a retired Chief of Police he isn't interested in being idle during his wife's years as president. He goes to work as a Private Investigator in Washington D.C. - much to the annoyance of the head of the Secret Service.

This book is full of twists and turns - bo
Oct 26, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
FREE on Amazon today (10/26/2017)!
David Highton
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this a lot more than the standalone Flynn book, Digger - husband of a female President and how he interacts with the Secret Service and the enemies of his wife and of his first client as a PI.
Sharon Kallenberger Marzola
The President’s Henchman is the first book in Joseph Flynn’s Jim McGill’s series. I’m not sure what I feel about this one. I like the premise of the story-- Jim McGill is the husband of the first female president. He decides to become a private investigator instead of head the FBI. His code name is The Henchman due to his previous law enforcement background. His first job as First Husband PI is finding out who is stalking members of White House press corps.

I like Flynn’s writing style especiall
Benjamin Thomas
An interesting premise here that goes slightly askew. The setup is pretty cool as we are introduced to Jim McGill, the main character who is the "First Husband" to the US's first female president. He is affectionately known in the press as the first henchman but since there is no prior expectations for what a first husband should be like or what they should do, Jim, an ex-cop, decides to open up his own private detective agency. So the novel is part mystery/detective novel and part political thr ...more
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fond of mysteries and thrillers? If so, this is one book that you will thoroughly enjoy.

In the world of Jim McGill, the improbable has happened. The U.S. now has its first female president, and by extension, its first First Gentleman. Government agencies - including the politicians, CIA, and the Secret Service - don't quite know how to treat him, especially when he insists in opening up his own private investigations business. Yup. The First Gentleman is a gumshoe, and his first client/case is
Jen Reynolds
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a book I got from Amazon Kindle for free, I was extremely happy with this book. It had all the action and fun and mystery I love in my books. The new female president's husband is an ex-cop turned PI and opens his own agency when they get to D.C. While she's running the country, he's trying to solve a crime. The only thing I didn't like about this book was there were too many subplots. So many that I forgot which plot was supposed to be the main one. And too many characters to try to keep tr ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this novel in a Goodreads giveaway that introduced me to the works of Joseph Flynn. I LOVED this book, and plan on picking up others both in the Jim McGill series and his other books. The author teaches the reader to either love or hate the main characters and to identify with problems they face. In the case of Jim McGill, his love for his wife and children is pure, and in contrast to what he does to protect them at all costs. It's also refreshing to see a woman as president making decisio ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A new series for me, I really enjoyed this. It introduces Jim McGill, the husband of the first female President, Patty Darden Grant. He's her second husband - her first husband was killed as the result of a terrorist bomb and McGill was the chief of police and investigated the murder. Now, McGill has decided to open an office as a private investigator and business is not exactly booming (well, at least after the lobbyists figured out that he wouldn't be getting them insider access to the preside ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get this book

This is a great suspense with humor and wonderful characters. I am looking forward to reading the rest. Jim McGill is married to the first woman president. He used to be a Chicago cop and wants to keep from getting bored so he becomes a PI in D.C. There are many threats against him and his family and a bit of international intrigue and I loved it. The basketball game from hell was especially good. As was his defending himself with a paperweight, push pins and a stapler much to th
Richard Myers
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great drama/crime novel. There is action in every chapter and I recommend this book to everyone.
Jo Ann
Kind of a mash-up of a political thriller and a PI novel. Good writing, good storytelling, but...just didn't work for me. A few of the story lines - and there are (too?) many - felt contrived, as did some of the characters. I liked this book, just not enough to read more in the series. ...more
Dec 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ebooks, dnf
It sounded like fun, but I truly hated the characters I wasn't supposed to hate. The author seems to have no idea how the mind of a woman who can become president might work; she's going to need to be tougher and more ruthless than I think Flynn can deal with. (And the first scene with the president, Flynn has her look at herself in a mirror--was he working his way down the list of cliche things male writers do when they're writing female characters? The saving grace is that she doesn't describe ...more
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
The first female president of the USA is a moderate Republican! Hard to image it considering the current political climate. She is beautiful, smart and wily and is faced with trouble in Cuba, an anti-abortion religious group who whose followers threaten the her step-children, and many political foes.

What do you call the president's husband? Many call him the president's henchman. He's a former cop and is a PI. He encounters those who threaten his children, a crazy and dangerous psychologist, and
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fun, fast read! Jim McGill was a Chicago cop who became Chief of Police in one of the northern suburbs. He met his wife while attempting to learn who threatened and ultimately killed her first husband. She was, at that time, a member of Congress, but was later elected to the Presidency. Prior to her election, she and McGill married. The plot is complex and multi-faceted and the characters fascinating. Even more interesting is the fact that the novel is not only a “thriller”, it is written ...more
Nancy Silk
Aug 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
"A Very Tedious Book To Read"

This book is a rather slow read. First, there is a multitude of characters and also story lines. Fortunately, the author has provided a list of characters. There is not a marking between scenes that can cause the reader to stop and recall which story line is the next paragraph. There is also a need for better proofreading and editing. I've decided to not continue reading past 60 percent. It's just too slow a read.
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Had very hard time to reading.

Republican female president and democrat second husband with three children. Understanding first wife and her husband. Ex-cop McGill now PI. Many twists and turns, also peoples to keep it straight. Was going from one plot to next in the next paragraph, had to keep going back and reading again and again to understand what was going on.
John S Roth
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great Read!

Joseph Flynn weaves one mesmerizing yarn! Riveting from start to finish! Felt as though I was part of the story - not many authors can do that cover to cover! Highly recommended reading!
Michele bookloverforever
I'd have rated this higher but my ebook was poorly edited on the first chapter. the story lines were well plotted and I liked the characters. ...more
Tony Parsons
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chana Lochlan (35, White House reporter, World Wide News (WWN) cable network reporter, Jim’s client, UCLA) had managed to sneak by security & wanted to talk with James “Jim” Jackson McGill (Patricia’s 2nd husband, aka henchman, PI, former Chief of Police).
Galia Mindel (56, Patti’s Chief of Staff, Columbia; PhD PS, widow) gave President Patricia “Patti” Darden Grant (R, former congresswoman, Jim McGill 2nd wife, former supermodel/movie star) agenda for the day.

The JAG has brought up charges aga
Nancy Ahyee
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting read, a bit too complicated

"The President's Henchman" is the first in a series of detective novels about James McGill, the First Gentleman of the United States. I downloaded it as a free offer.

Patricia Darden Grant is a former actress turned Congresswoman whose first husband was killed in retaliation by extremists for her not voting a certain way on a bill. Jim was the Chief of Police who solved the murder, and he and Patti eventually got married before she was elected as the firs
Sharon Grow
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would like to encourage you to read the “Jim McGill” series by Joseph Flynn. After reading the first book in the series (several years ago), “The President’s Henchman” (which I believe is currently free on Amazon), I couldn’t wait for a sequel or ten! I loved everything about this book, the story, the characters, that good overcomes evil and the good guy eventually wins. The way the good guys win is impressive as the plots are both entertaining and intricate yet totally believable (especially ...more
Gloria DeGeare
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend

A woman President, married to an ex-cop who has become a private investigator, his children, and a deranged doctor dabbling in mind altering cocktails, make for a story good from beginning to end. Not fast paced, this story tells a bit of back story of our main characters, enough to engage us and like or loathe certain characters. It balances multiple storylines at once...going between often enough we feel connected in real time to them all. A look at life for a "regular guy" as
Lea Carter
Sep 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-again
Books are like strangers that we meet at social events. We do our best to size them up, decide if they're worth the investment of our time, but sometimes we get it wrong and are just glad when it's over. Books have the slight advantage of not getting their feelings hurt if we put them down, throw them away, or skim through them to get past the dull bits.
I finished this book mainly because I was hoping it would get better. It was pretty creative, in its own way. However, even though I did my bes
Dana Busenbark
This book is not part of the normal genres I would read. I am glad that I picked this book up to read, however. There are some thrills to it, watching a former police officer and Chief of Police become a private investigator and the President's Henchman. We watch a Congresswoman take a run at the Presidency. We see a lot of political and religious intrigue taking place. We see murder, we have suspected murder, we see medical intrigue going on as well. We see a sort of shakeup of the known and es ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
J.D. Robb : The President's Henchman by Joseph Flynn - July 2018 (Spoiler Zone) 44 30 Jul 31, 2018 05:50AM  
Nook books: March 30, 2018 1 2 Mar 30, 2018 07:24PM  
Move over Hillary... 3 18 Jul 14, 2014 01:42PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Chump Change (Leo Waterman, #8)
  • Patmos Deception
  • All Through the Night
  • The Domino Effect
  • The Gryphon Heist (Talia Inger, #1)
  • Night of the Fox (Dougal Munro and Jack Carter #1)
  • Purple Reason
  • Savage Hunt (Ryan Savage Thriller, #6)
  • Florida Firefight (Hawker, #1)
  • Fool Me Twice (Jake Lassiter #6)
  • Power and Justice: A Legal Thriller (Tex Hunter Book 1)
  • Savage Coast (Ryan Savage Thriller #1)
  • In Plain Sight (Blake Jordan #3)
  • A Killer's Alibi (Philadelphia Legal #3)
  • The Defendants (Thaddeus Murfee Legal Thrillers #2)
  • Army of One: Introducing Joe Beck
  • Family Values (A Leo Waterman Mystery, #10)
  • The Homeland (Blake Jordan #5)
See similar books…
Joseph Flynn has been published both traditionally — Signet Books, Bantam Books and Variance Publishing — and through his own imprint, Stray Dog Press, Inc. Both major media reviews and reader reviews have praised his work. Booklist said, “Flynn is an excellent storyteller.” The Chicago Tribune said, “Flynn [is] a master of high-octane plotting.” The most repeated reader comment is: Write faster, ...more

Other books in the series

Jim McGill (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • The Hangman's Companion (Jim McGill, #2)
  • The K Street Killer (Jim McGill, #3)
  • The Last Ballot Cast, Part 1 (Jim McGill, #4)
  • The Last Ballot Cast, Part 2 (Jim McGill, #5)
  • The Devil on the Doorstep (Jim McGill, #6)
  • The Good Guy with a Gun (Jim McGill, #7)
  • The Echo of the Whip (Jim McGill, #8)
  • The Daddy's Girl Decoy (Jim McGill, #9)
  • The Last Chopper Out (Jim McGill #10)
  • The King of Mirth (Jim McGill #11)

News & Interviews

  As dedicated readers already know, some of the best and most innovative stories on the shelves come from the constantly evolving realm of...
54 likes · 13 comments
“Ketamine hydrochloride had originally been created as” 0 likes
“worry, my sweet girl,” Todd told her. “I try to be good.” 0 likes
More quotes…