Thursday, July 19, 2012

Power Blind-Steven Gore

Power Blind

Steven Gore

Harper, Jul 31 2012, $9.99

ISBN: 9780061782244

San Francisco-based attorney Charlie Palmer the fixer used blackmail and threats to rescue above the law politicians and corporate executives who could pay their way out of amoral and even illegal behavior. Very successful at his career for years, Charlie also collected evidence of major national misfeasance when he is assassinated on the streets of San Francisco one hour after briefly talking to private investigator Graham Gage and the detective’s receptionist Tansy Amaro, mother of a Palmer victim Moki.

In Washington, Senator Landon Meyer is the favorite to become the next president. He forces the incumbent to nominate his choices to vacant seats on the Court. Though he despises the man who finally received justice, due to Palmer’s widow, a sister to Gage’s security chief, he investigates the homicide and a subsequent break in to the victim’s home. Gage soon finds a link between Palmer and Meyer, but will he love long enough to tell it seems questionable.

The latest Gage thriller (see Absolute Risk) is a terrific political cautionary tale focused on the dual concept of “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” (Lord Acton) entangled with too big to fail. Gage escorts readers though the DNA double helix of the industrial-political-financial international complex in which money, intimidation, homicide and control of the Supreme Court money can buy and therefor allow the ultra-affluent to get away with murder. Timely with the Romney tax and investment questions, fans will enjoy Steven Gore’s exciting complicated story.

Harriet Klausner

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