The Next President / Joseph Flynn.

The Next President / Joseph Flynn.

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Joseph Flynn's critically acclaimed novel Digger was a People magazine Page-Turner of the Week and was hailed by The Denver Post as being "as clever as...any John Grisham work." Now, with The Next President, he has set a new benchmark for suspense. This is no simple cat-and-mouse story, but a nonstop thriller in which you'll never guess who's the cat and who's the mouse until the shattering conclusion.

J. D. Cade was trained to kill by his country. To kill without leaving the slightest suspicion as to who pulled the trigger. He did his duty and put the past behind him. Or so he thought. Now someone is blackmailing him to use his deadly skills one more time. Someone is using his only son as a pawn to force him to do what he swore he'd never do again: kill a human being. And this time the target is Franklin Delano Rawley-the first African-American on the verge of becoming the president of the United States.

As J. D. penetrates the inner circle of the Rawley campaign and gets to know the man he must kill, the more he realizes how difficult it will be to pull the trigger. But in order to spare Rawley's life while saving his own son, J. D. must somehow find out who is behind the conspiracy that could change the fate of a nation.

It won't be easy. J. D.'s every move is being watched by his blackmailer. He has already drawn the attention of a suspicious Secret Service agent. And he has met an old army "friend" working in the Rawley campaign. Just as troubling is J. D.'s attraction to Rawley's beautiful campaign manager. If J. D. does have to kill the candidate, he will have to betray her, too.

Time is running out. When J. D. finally pulls the trigger, who will live and who will die? Rawley? J. D.'s son? Or J. D. himself? And who will be the next president? You won't find out until the explosive conclusion of Joseph Flynn's totally unique thriller, one that defies you to guess the answers.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 356 pages
  • 152.4 x 246.38 x 27.94mm | 635.03g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0553105337
  • 9780553105339

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Praise for Digger

"Starts in high gear and doesn't slow down."
-The Washington Post

"A deftly mapped thriller."

"Engrossing...nonstop action and original  plot...rapid-fire suspense."
-Phillip Margolin, New York Times bestselling author of The Burning Man

"A well-knit, multilayered story...extremely fast [and] entertaining."
-The Denver Post

"Surefooted, suspenseful, and, in its breathless final moments, unexpectedly heartbreaking."
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About Joseph Flynn

Joseph Flynn is the author of Digger and The Concrete Inquisition. He lives in central Illinois, where he is currently at work on his next novel. Visit his website at
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598 ratings
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4 36% (218)
3 15% (89)
2 5% (28)
1 2% (9)
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