The Hellfire Club (Charlie and Margaret Marder Mystery) by Jake Tapper
The Hellfire Club: A young Congressman stumbles on the powerful political underworld of 1950’s D.C. in this potent thriller (David Baldacci) and New York Times bestseller from CNN correspondent Jake Tapper.
Charlie Marder is an unlikely Congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, DC, alongside his young wife Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own. Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history. When Charlie discovers a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of governance, he has to fight not only for his principles and his newfound political career…but for his life.
Praise for The Hellfire Club:
“Fiction is as suspenseful as truth in Jake Tapper’s The Hellfire Club“—Vanity Fair, What to Read in May
“CNN’s Jake Tapper proves he has the page-turning knack in his entertaining debut novel”—Jocelyn McClurg, USA Today
“[The Hellfire Club is] both an engaging and slyly timely foray into Washington politics… incorporat(ing) shades of Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as well as elements of contemporary toxic alliances.”—Seattle Review of Books
“Insightful… Tapper takes readers back to a Washington remembered for being a time of distrust and potential future conflicts. Key historical figures interact with Tapper’s fictional characters, and with his sources at the end of the novel showcasing his research, it almost feels like everything actually happened. It is fiction, however, well-written and worthwhile.”—Jeff Ayers, The Associated Press