People Staff
December 08, 2003 12:00 PM

by Richard North Patterson

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Patterson closes his trilogy featuring liberal politician and now President Kerry Kilcannon. The author uses his novels as vehicles for his politics, and this time he has the National Rifle Association in his sights: Patterson is a fierce supporter of gun control. Unfortunately, Balance turns into a diatribe as Kilcannon, who is on a mission “to eradicate gun violence as surely as we ended polio,” faces the insidious lobby the Sons of the Second Amendment. The deliciously dirty intrigues should make this political thriller a winner, but Patterson’s lectures kill the fun.

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