Emergency Powers will delight mystery and thriller fans (“Great for fans of Brad Meltzer, David Baldacci.” -Publishers Weekly) And politics junkies will enjoy the ripped-from-the-headlines urgency. But it’s about more than the headlines. And darker. A story of corruption and redemption, achieved at enormous personal cost, featuring FBI Agent Imogen Trager: “a memorable protagonist—as tough as she is smart.” (Kirkus Review) Indeed, "Three tough female characters steal the show: FBI agents Vega, Sartain, and Trager. Overall, the power dynamics of these women...are something special.” (T. LIEBERMAN, Independent Book Review)
As the story begins, Imogen is haunted—and sidelined—by a case she couldn’t solve. When the president dies in office, she knows that the conspiracy she chased down a blind alley still has life in it—and she needs to get back in the hunt. As bodies pile up and leads go cold, the main target from that old case reaches out to her. He’s still at large, and now he needs protection. Imogen doesn’t trust him, and it’s not only because he’s offering intel that sounds too good to be true. He’s already tried to kill her once.
Set in D.C., Seattle and small town America, Emergency Powers is a story of corruption and redemption, achieved at enormous personal cost.
“A high-stakes political thriller that feels so chillingly true, you pray it’s not”—TOM STRAW, seven-time NYT bestselling author, as Richard Castle
"RECOMMENDED” - Kate Robinson, US Review of Books
“Compelling, heart-pounding and thoroughly intriguing…”— STEPHEN MACK JONES, August Snow, Lives Laid Away
“Keen portraits of true patriotism—and the courage that drives it.” — ART TAYLOR, The Boy Detective & The Summer of ’74
This is the third novel featuring FBI Agent Imogen Trager. While it has sufficient back story that it reads well on its own, I feel reading the earlier books is quite valuable and informative. You can read my reviews of them at Faithless Elector and Dark Network.
This is a novel that could be a very real contemporary political situation. A powerful person, impatient with government and the limited power of democratically elected officials, has been planning for years. He has cultivated a dark network of men who will do anything for the promised power. They have been sowing disinformation, making false accusations, and dividing people by creating enmity. He has even infiltrated some in the FBI.
McCrone has done another excellent job of portraying a political horror that seems all too possible. Part of the plot is installing an Attorney General who will delay or suppress investigations into their nefarious deeds. Aspects of the plot like that one are all too real. Like the two previous novels in this series, Imogen is a well drawn heroine. I really like how she and others work to uncover the clandestine attack on the U.S. political system.
I am impressed with McCrone's ability to craft an excellent and such a realistic plot, engaging characters, and the sense that this novel could be all too real. I highly recommend it.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Published by: James McCrone
Publication Date: October 1, 2020
Number of Pages: 300
ISBN: 9780999137727 (9780999137734)
Series: An Imogen Trager Thriller
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He's the author of Faithless Elector and Dark Network, the first two Imogen Trager "Noirpolitik" suspense-thrillers about a stolen presidency. The third Imogen Trager thriller, EMERGENCY POWERS, is due out in late September, 2020. His short story, "Numbers Don't Lie" will appear in the anthology Low Down Dirty Vote, Vol.2 (M. Berry, ed.), out on July 4, 2020.
A Pacific Northwest native, he now lives in Philadelphia with his wife and three adult children.
James's work explores characters pitted against forces larger than themselves. Both on an off the page, he's fascinated with politics and issues of social responsibility and justice.
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