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  • Published in USA  Oct 2007,
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Corey Grace—a handsome and charismatic Republican senator from Ohio—is locked in a fierce presidential primary battle with the favorite of the party establishment and an influential Christian leader. A decorated Gulf War Air Force pilot known for speaking his mind, Grace’s reputation for voting his own conscience rather than the party line—together with his growing romance with an African-American movie star—has earned him a reputation as a maverick and an iconoclast. But Grace is still haunted by a tragic mistake buried deep in his past, and his integrity will be put to the test in this most brutal of political contests, in which nothing in his past or present life is off-limits. Depicting contemporary power politics at its most ruthless, The Race takes on the most incendiary issues in America’s culture wars: racism, religious fundamentalism, gay rights, and the rise of media monopolies with their own political and economic agendas. As the pressure of the race intensifies, culminating in a heated showdown at a deadlocked party convention in New York City, Grace must come to terms with his presidential ambitions and decide just how much he’s willing to sacrifice in order to achieve them.

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"The perfidy and mendacity that follow mesmerize as much as they ring true." - Publishers Weekly.

"A satisfyingly self-righteous update of Advise and Consent that reminds you how little American political fiction has changed over the past 50 years." - Kirkus Reviews.

"For anyone fascinated by how American politics works, this is a gripping read." - Booklist.

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Richard North Patterson Author Biography

Richard North Patterson was born on February 22, 1947 in Berkeley, California.  He grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland and graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1968.  In 1971 he graduated Case Western Reserve Law School and went on to serve as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Ohio.  He was a partner in several of the country’s leading law firms and also served as the liaison for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to the Watergate Special Prosecutor.

He started writing at the age of 29 when he had completed law school.  He began his first book, The Lasko Tangent, as part of a creative writing course at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. It won the Edgar Allan Poe Award in the category "Best First Mystery ...

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