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Absolute Power

A book by David Baldacci

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  • Feb 9, 2012
Luther Whitney is a thief with a conscience.

He breaks into a home of a wealthy family in Washington, D.C. He's in the midst of burglarizing the home when the wife of the homeowner comes home unexpectedly. She's there for a romantic interlude with her lover. Luther hides in the closet but can see what is happening.

The sex turns rough and the man is unable to perform due to his alcoholic state. As the woman ridicules the man, he grabs her throat and a struggle ensues. The woman grabs a letter opener and moves after the man. He gets his hand on the letter opener too but it looks like she will stab the man. Just then, two other men break into the room, see the woman intent on harming the man and shoot her dead.

The man is the President of the United States and when his Chief of Staff, Gloria Russell tries to sanitize the room, she overlooks the letter opener that has the President's prints on it.

Luther sees them leave, takes the letter opener so he can preserve the prints and leaves. When the secret service realize they don't have the letter opener and rush back to the room, they're amazed to see that the letter opener is missing.

David Baldacci ratchets up the mood instantly as the Secret Service tries to cover their tracks and Luther attempts to set something in motion that will lead to uncovering the President as being involved in a killing and is a corrupt official.

This is my second reading of Baldacci's blockbuster debut novel and it was every bit as enjoyable as the first reading. We follow the hunted and await the death knell as the realistic characters collide in their attempt to hide, or for others, to unearth the truth.

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review by . February 05, 2010
A thief, Luther, got more than he bargained for when he visited a mansion in Virginia thinking he could make it out of there with a few prize pieces. He becomes trapped in the wall when two people being having an intimate moment. The shocking part is the murder that takes place and it has to do with the US president.    Jack is an attorney and he is determined to find out what really happened that night. Who is telling the truth, a burglar or the man entrusted with the most powerful …
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Michael A.Draper retired from working as a financial planner with Mass Mutual.   Married to Diana for 48 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters.      … more
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Can the President get away with murder? The fictional answer to this question results in a fast-paced page turner that combines political intrigue with gritty, hard-boiled suspense--This text refers to theHardcoveredition.
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ISBN-10: 160788321X
ISBN-13: 978-1607883210
Author: David Baldacci
Genre: Books on CD, Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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