Without law, there's only power. But who's pulling the strings?
"Baldacci and Meltzer fans will appreciate the plot's twists..." --Publishers Weekly.
"Gripping and unpredictable" --Midwest Book Review
"A rousing and provocative political thriller..."-Kirkus Review
Imogen Trager, the determined heroine of the "highly suspenseful" thriller, Faithless Elector, returns. Pushed to the edges of the investigation for her conduct during the Faithless Elector plot, she starts digging where no else thinks to look.
She enlists the help of a computer analyst, Trey Kelly. Together, by flipping the script and scrutinizing gaps in the FBI's data, they find the backdoor no one thought to lock, uncovering the trail of a vast, coordinated group of criminal cells woven into a sinister dark network, with threads leading everywhere.
She'll have to fight against time, the network, and even her own colleagues to stop a conspiracy still bent on stealing the presidency. In the process, she'll have to confront her own views on what the Constitution is meant to protect and who she's becoming. Even if she and Trey are successful, what kind of America will remain?
About the Author
James McCrone is the author of the Faithless Elector series-Faithless Elector, Dark Network, and Emergency Powers-"taut" and "gripping" political thrillers about a stolen presidency. For this latest book, Bastard Verdict, set amidst a second Scottish referendum on independence, he drew on his boyhood in Scotland. His short stories have appeared in Rock and a Hard Place; Retreats from Oblivion: The Journal of NoirCon, and in the short-story anthology Low Down Dirty Vote, vols. 2 and 3. He's a member of MWA, Int'l Assoc. of Crime Writers, Philadelphia Dramatists' Center and he's the vice-president of the Delaware Valley Sisters in Crime chapter. A Pacific Northwest native (mostly), he lives in South Philadelphia with his wife and three children.James has an MFA from the University of Washington. He's also continuing work on a next book, a gritty thriller set in rural Oregon, called Witness Tree.
"Gripping and unpredictable...highly recommended for political thriller readers and mystery fans alike." -D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"Baldacci and Meltzer fans will appreciate the plot's twists and the easy-to-empathize-with lead." -Publishers Weekly
"A fast paced, heart pounding political thriller. I loved Dark Network, a fantastic, unpredictable political suspense novel. A must read!" Review, Chick Lit Cafe
"An exciting and tension filled tale that will blow your mind about potential conspiracies, and make you wonder when it all went wrong. Fiction that reads like reality; reality that feels like fiction." -The Review Cafe