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Title:
The run : a novel
Author:
Woods, Stuart.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
356 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780060191870
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Book

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Summary

Summary

New York Times bestselling author Stuart Woods continues to enthrall readers from coast to coast with his fast-paced, gripping stories and intriguing characters that have left his millions of fans clamoring for more. In his latest novel, this inventive writer brings back one of his most popular characters in a stunning thriller of politics, power, passion, and revenge.

Will Lee, the hero of the acclaimed national bestsellers Run Before the Wind and Grassroots, has finally established himself at the heart of American government as the respected senator from his home state of Georgia. Then a cruel stroke of fate thrusts him onto the national stage, well before he expects to be and long before he is ready for a national campaign.

The road to the White House, however, will be more treacherous than Will and Kate, his intelligent, strikingly beautiful wife and an associate director in the Central Intelligence Agency, can imagine. A decent, courageous, and principled man, Will soon learns he has more than one opponent with whom he must contend. Thrust into the national spotlight as never before, he becomes the target of clandestine forces from the past that will use all their money and influence to stop him--dead--in his tracks. Now Will isn't just running for president...he's running for his life.

Filled with all the suspense and rollercoaster plot twists that have become Stuart Woods's trademork, The Run is this master storyteller at his page-turning best.


Author Notes

Stuart Woods was born in Manchester, Georgia on January 9, 1938. He received a B. A in sociology from the University of Georgia in 1959. He worked in the advertising business and eventually wrote two non-fiction books entitled Blue Water, Green Skipper and A Romantic's Guide to the Country Inns of Britain and Ireland. His first novel, Chiefs, was published in 1981. It won an Edgar Award and was made into a TV miniseries starring Charlton Heston. His other works include the Stone Barrington series, the Holly Barker series, the Will Lee series, the Ed Eagle series, the Rick Barron series and the Teddy Fay series. He won France's Prix de Literature Policiere for Imperfect Strangers.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In this sequel to Grass Roots (1989), Woods gives us another strong and suspenseful political thriller. The novel's premise is certainly unusual, perhaps even slightly contrived: first, the vice-president of the U.S. reveals that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease; shortly thereafter, the president suffers a stroke that puts him in a coma, and the vice-president is forced to assume the presidency. Now Senator Will Lee is faced with a tough choice: announce his own candidacy for the presidency in 2000, or hold off in anticipation of taking over the vice-presidency. In lesser hands, this novel might have collapsed under the weight of its own setup, but Woods is a careful, talented writer, and he makes his unlikely premise seem entirely plausible. What follows is a clever, well-constructed story of political ambition and behind-the-scenes skulduggery that should please not only Woods' fans but anyone who loves good political fiction. Although the novel doesn't have the depth or intensity of Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men, there are echoes here of that Pulitzer Prize^-winning classic, as there are of Allen Drury's ever-popular political melodrama, Advise and Consent. A smart, satisfying thriller that offers a timely and shrewd assessment of the American political process. --David PittAdult Books Young adult recommendations in this issue have been contributed by the Books for Youth editorial staff and by reviewers Patty Engelmann, Sally Estes, Leone McDermott, Karen Simonetti, Candace Smith, and Linda Waddle. Titles recommended for teens are marked with the following symbols: YA, for books of general YA interest; YA/C, for books with particular curriculum value; YA/L, for books with a limited teenage audience; YA/M, for books best suited to mature teens.


Publisher's Weekly Review

The prolific Woods returns to his roots with an unexceptional new episode in his Lee family saga, a series dormant since 1989. Will and Kate Lee, now a Washington power couple, decide to go for broke in their service to the country. Will, a popular senator from Georgia, jumps into the race for the presidency, while Kate, a deputy director at the CIA, cheers him on. Will is for the most part about as likable as a politician can be, and boasts impeccable Democratic stripes. The Republicans try to stir up trouble by rehashing Will's sexual dalliance with a movie star nearly a decade earlier and raise questions about his competency as a lawyer on a rape and murder case many years ago. Will deflects those charges, but other problems are brewing. The candidate's liberal leanings are anathema to a right-wing militia group from Idaho, whose leader, Zeke Tennant, tracks Will from one campaign stop to another with a duffel bag full of weapons. In a final showdown, Tennant makes one last assassination attempt, this time while Will debates his Democratic primary challenger at Ford's Theater in the nation's capital. This fourth entry in the Lee family story, launched in 1981 with the Edgar-winning Chiefs, sparks from time to time but never catches fire. Lee would probably make a great president, but as a character he's all smooth surface, no edge and not very compelling. Worse, his run for the presidency lacks any real suspense. The assassin is too much of a bumbler to take seriously, and the Republicans' dirty tricks fizzle out quickly. For edge-of-the-seat drama, Woods (Worst Fears Realized) tries to inject energy into the uncertainty of the delegate-counting process at the party convention. Even political junkies won't get a rise out of that. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Set during the 2000 presidential election, this work revolves around the vice president and leading contender for the Democratic nomination, who withdraws due to the early onset of Alzheimer's disease. Joining the race is moderate and popular senator Will Lee, who has several problems besides his late start, including his involvement with a sexy actress and her former boyfriend. Lee unsuccessfully defended the boyfriend during a murder trial and had a brief affair with the actress. Woods (Orchid Beach) offers a well-told but rather predicable post-Bill Clinton political tale, enhanced by reader Jonathan Marosz's excellent presentation. For larger audio collections and fans of political thrillers.ÄStephen L. Hupp, Urbana Univ., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

Run, The Chapter One United States Senator William Henry Lee IV and his wife, Katharine Rule Lee, drove away from their Georgetown house in their Chevrolet Suburban early on a December morning. There was the promise of snow in the air. Kate sipped coffee from an insulated mug and yawned. "Tell me again why we drive this enormous fucking car," she said. Will laughed. "I keep forgetting you're not a politician," he said. "We drive it because it is, by my reckoning, the least offensive motor vehicle manufactured in the state of Georgia, and because Georgia car workers and their union have shown the great wisdom to support your husband's candidacy in two elections." "Oh," she said. "Now I remember." "Good. I'm glad I won't have to put you in a home right before Christmas." He looked in the rearview mirror and saw another Suburban following them. "They're there," he said. "They're supposed to be." "How did they know?" "Because I called them last night and gave them our schedule." The week before there had been a terrorist attack on CIA employees as they had left the Agency's building in McLean, Virginia, and certain Agency officials had been given personal protection for a time; Kate Rule was the deputy director for intelligence, chief of all the CIA's analysts, and was, therefore, entitled. "Oh," Will replied, sipping his own coffee and heading north toward College Park, Maryland, and its airport. "They're not going to follow us all the way to Georgia, are they?" "I persuaded them that wouldn't be necessary." "Good." "It's a little like having Secret Service protection, isn't it?" she nudged. "Does it make you feel presidential?" "Nothing is going to make me feel presidential, at least for another nine years." "What about the cabinet? If Joe Adams is elected and wants you for Defense or State or something, will you leave the Senate?" Joseph Adams was vice president of the United States and the way-out-in-front leader for the Democratic Party's nomination for president the following year. "Joe and I have already talked about that. He says I can have anything I want, but he doesn't really mean it." "I always thought Joe was a pretty sincere guy," Kate said. "Oh, he is, and he was sincere with the half-dozen other guys he told the same thing. But I don't really have the foreign-policy credentials for State, and while I think I really could have Defense, I don't want it. I don't want to spend eight or even four years doing battle with both the military and Congress; the job killed James Forrestal and Les Aspin, and it's ground up a lot of others." "What about Justice? Your work on the Senate Judiciary Committee should stand you in good stead for that." "I think I could have Justice, if I were willing to fight for it tooth and nail, and there's a real opportunity to do some good work there." "Well?" "I think I'll stay in the Senate. Georgia's got a Republican governor at the moment, and if I left, he'd get to appoint my replacement, and we don't want that. Also, if Joe's elected, three or four top senators will leave to join the administration, among them the minority leader, and I'd have a real good shot at that job. And if we can win the Senate back, then the job would be majority leader, and that is very inviting." "It's the kind of job you could keep for the rest of your career," she said. "It is." "But you don't want to spend the rest of your career in the Senate, do you?" "You know I love the Senate." "Will, you've been awfully closemouthed about this, but I know damned well you want to be president." "One of these days, sure," Will replied. "You mean after Joe has served for eight years?" "I'd only be fifty-seven. Why not? I might even appoint you director of Central Intelligence." "Yeah, sure," she said. "The world would fall on you." "If Jack Kennedy could appoint Bobby attorney general, why couldn't I appoint my wife to be head of the CIA?" "Well, it's a nice thought, anyway," she said. "Listen, here's a thought; Joe's going to owe me after the election, and if I'm not going to ask him for a cabinet job, I could ask him to appoint you DCI." "Would you really do that?" "Let's just say that I know the candidate well and have the highest confidence in her. It's not as though you're not supremely well qualified." "Mmmmm. I like the sound of it." "Of course, I'd want my back scratched a lot if I pull this off, and I mean that in the literal, not the figurative sense." "I'll start growing my nails now." She laughed. "Promises, promises." "I think about it sometimes," she said. "Scratching my back? Less thought, more action!" "No, I mean your being president." "And what do you think when you think about it?" "Mostly about what a huge pain in the ass being first lady would be." "Oh, it might have its upside--weekends at Camp David, travel on Air Force One, that sort of thing." "I'd have to make a lot of speeches, and you know how I hate doing that." "Well, how about this? If Joe has already appointed you DCI, I could reappoint you. Then I could hire a first lady." "Just run an ad, you mean?" "Why not?" "Well, I must admit, the idea of being appointed and then reappointed has its appeal, but the substitute wife doesn't." "I'm glad to hear it." Will turned into the entrance of the little airport at College Park, which had been founded by the Wright Brothers and was located on the grounds of the University of Maryland. He drove down the taxiway to where his airplane was tied down, got out of the car, and unlocked the cabin door. The airplane was new, a Piper Malibu-Mirage, a six-seat, pressurized single-engine aircraft, loaded with the latest equipment. Will had traded his elderly Cessna for it a couple of months before, and it made trips back to Georgia a lot faster and more comfortable. Run, The . Copyright © by Stuart Woods. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.