The Book of Fate

Presidential aide Wes Holloway, his face maimed in an assassination attempt, smells conspiracy after loony shooter Nico escapes and the staffer Nico killed turns up alive. Suspects: the now ex-president, corrupt feds, Freemasons.

Bodily Trauma
Nico cuts a trucker’s throat with car keys — and takes the corpse along to talk to it.

Lowdown
Red herrings roil an otherwise nifty plot, but Meltzer’s tale of intrigue and pathos in politics engrosses.

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