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Absolute Power by David Baldacci

Absolute Power (original 1996; edition 2009)

by David Baldacci

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Title:Absolute Power
Authors:David Baldacci
Info:Pan Books (2009), Kindle Edition, 576 pages
Collections:Your library, Crime / Thrillers

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Absolute Power by David Baldacci (1996)


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Kirja oli aluksi allekirjoittaneelle liian väkivaltainen, ja harkitsin sen kesken jättämistä. Se kuitenkin koukutti, ja luin sen nopeasti loppuun. Teos on väkivaltainen, ja saa varmaankin lukijansa epäilemään kahteen kertaan vallanpitäjiensä moraalisia taipumuksia kulissien takana. Välillä teos oli epäuskottava, mutta aiheellinen dystopia siitä, millaista pahimmassa tapauksessa USA:n presidentin ja hänen lähipiirinsä mielessä liikkuu. Yleistettävissä myös muihin valtaakäyttäviin tahoihin. Dekkari isolla D:llä. ( )
  Anniina_Ahlman | Jan 12, 2015 |
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  JosieRivers | Dec 28, 2014 |
Wanted to read an author born the same year as I was -- a book club assignment. I had seen the movie a million years ago, so I kind of remembered the basic plot... a president drunk on the powers of the office. Many abuses of power and many twists and turns that make the reader hang on and keep reading. A good cop procedural, with love and power and money in the mix. Writing is a bit clunky at times, but for a first effort, great storytelling and a very enjoyable read. ( )
  Randall.Hansen | Nov 6, 2014 |
David Baldacci is one of my favorite authors of thrillers and Absolute Power is certainly one of his very best. This story has a great concept, great storytelling and a fantastic ending. Honestly, I found the plot of the book better than the movie (even though the movie is great, too). If you don’t enjoy Absolute Power, then thrillers are probably not your cup of tea. They don’t get a lot better than this. ( )
  csayban | Feb 3, 2014 |
In a heavily guarded mansion in a posh Virginia suburb, a man and a woman start to make love, trapping Luther Whitney, a career break-in artist, behind a secret wall. Then the passion turns deadly, and Luther is running into the night. Because what he has just seen is a brutal murder involving Alan Richmond, the president of the United States, the man with...Absolute Power.

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Set in Washington, D.C., this fascinating thriller of unparalleled suspense dares to explore an unthinkable abuse of power and criminal conspiracy--a vicious murder involving the president, his mistress, and a coverup orchestrated by his zealously loyal chief of staff and the Secret Service. Unbeknownst to the president and his lackeys, one unlikely witness saw everything. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
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"Absolute power corrupts absolutely."

        —LORD ACTON
To MICHELLE, my dearest friend, my loving wife, my partner in crime, without you this dream would have remained a feeble glint in a weary eye.

To MY MOTHER AND FATHER, no parents could have done any more

To MY BROTHER AND SISTER, for putting up with a lot from their younger sibling and still always being there for me
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Tijdens een klusje in een villawijk is inbreker Luther Whitney ongewild ooggetuige van een afgrijselijke scène: voor zijn ogen wordt een vrouw doodgeschoten, nadat haar stomdronken minnar heeft gepoogd haar te verkrachten. Het dodelijk schot wordt gelost door een veiligheidsagent, die verantwoordelijk is voor het leven van zijn baas. Zijn baas is niemand minder dan de President van de Verenigde Staten.... Tot zijn verbijstering moet Luther toezien hoe de presidentiële medewerkers alle sporen van de moord koelbloedig en systematisch, uitwissenLuther weet te ontsnappen, maar helaas niet onopgemerkt. Geschokt door deze manifestatie van corruptie en machtsmisbruik neemt hij zich voor het staatshoofd aan de schandpaal te nagelen.
A two-bit their, on his retirement heist, finds himself trapped behind a one-way murder. Eyewitness to the President of the United States' killing a millionaire's wife.
.... he has the murder weapon
.... the  CIA knows it ...

Elsewhere, his almost son-in-law struggles w/ marrying an old=money girl he doesn't love and becoming an overnight partner in THE law firm.

A small town homicide detective (who rookied in NY) is handed the case of a lifetime and a monstrous decision....

And then there's the crook's daughter, a practicing PD
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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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:28:57 -0400)

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A cat burglar has evidence that links the President to the murder of the wife of a wealthy contributor.

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