Shelley's Heart

Shelley's Heart

A Novel

Book - 1995
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Baker & Taylor
While celebrating his reelection--just before Inauguration Day--the president discovers that his over-zealous aides may have stolen the election by means of computer manipulation. 50,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
The first presidential election of the twenty-first century, bitterly contested by two men who are implacable political rivals but lifelong personal friends, is stolen. On the eve of the Inauguration the losing candidate presents proof of the crime to his opponent, the incumbent President, and demands that he stand aside. The winner refuses and takes the oath of office, thereby setting in motion what may destroy him and his party, and even bring down the Constitution.
Washington's high-power world of enmity and friendship, loyalty and cunning, is rendered with a unique, behind-the-headlines realism that places the reader squarely inside our government. The riveting plot turns on the battle for power between two honorable but very different men, President Bedford Forrest "Frosty" Lockwood, the current occupant of the White House, and his supposedly defeated rival, former President Franklin Mallory.
A remarkable cast of vivid characters, drawn with the sure but sympathetic hand that is McCarry's literary trademark, help decide the destiny of these two embattled men and the fate of the nation: the beautiful, brainy, and mysterious Zarah Christopher, who moves between the two Presidents and inspires the love of one of them; a rowdy but brilliant and adroit Speaker of the House; an ascetic, ideology-driven Chief Justice; an outcast journalist; a Machiavellian presidential assistant and his half brother from the shadowy world of espionage; a flamboyant trial lawyer and his canny investigator; an intriguing gallery of forceful women; and the members of an upper-crust secret society who seize on the constitutional crisis as an opportunity to "cure" the United States of its democratic weaknesses. Above all, out of this crowd of extraordinary men and women emerges one person of striking originality, power, and an all-too-human proclivity who will long remain in the reader's memory.

& Taylor

While celebrating his reelection--just before Inauguration Day--the president discovers that his over-zealous aids may have stolen the election by means of computer manipulation

Publisher: New York : Random House, c1995
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679415336
Characteristics: 558 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 24, 2014

A fable, a political novel, a satire. Tweaks most every off-center political and social meme. Starts slow and gathers speed. I recommend reading at least one other McCarry novel before trying this one; The Miernik Dossier, for example.

The book has two morals. "The ends justify the means" is a dangerous belief; and, a belief in the inherent superiority of an aristocracy of any sort is equally dangerous. (You may not agree with this assessment; just my opinion.)

A note on the sex scenes: I recall two, one of which was satiric in intent. (If there were more, I wasn't paying attention, which says something about them.) If a couple of graphic scenes will put you off, don't read this book.

Dec 01, 2013

Taking back after reading 2 chapters. It's a huge book of 551 pages that could be only 300 pages if the minutia is removed. Boring...also Mr. McCarry relies too much on sex to fill his pages that tend to drone on and on.

Too bad, his plots and main character could be fascinating.


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