Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Graeme Bar­row

The First Lady

By James Pat­ter­son, Pen­guinRan­domhouse, $37

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This is not so much a pure se­quel to the re­cently pub­lished The Pres­i­dent is Miss­ing (writ­ten with Bill Clin­ton) as a com­bi­na­tion se­quel and coun­ter­part. There is a bit of Clin­ton his­tory in it too.

Pres­i­dent Tucker is cam­paign­ing for re-elec­tion, yet an af­fair has been pub­li­cised and he needs the First Lady (his wife Grace) to stand by his side if he is to win. But she has a mind of her own, and sud­denly van­ishes. Has she had enough of de­cep­tion and be­trayal, or is there some­thing sin­is­ter afoot?

The novel rushes along in typ­i­cal breath­less but read­able Pat­ter­son style. —

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