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Charlie and Margaret discover the dark side of Hollywood in this sequel to New York Times best seller The Hellfire Club - a thrilling cocktail of corruption and ambition from CNN's Jake Tapper.

Charlie and Margaret Marder, political stars in 1960s Washington DC, know all too well how the tangled web of power in the nation's capital can operate. But while they long to settle into the comforts of home, Attorney General Robert Kennedy has other plans. He needs them to look into a potential threat not only to the presidency but to the security of the United States itself. 

Charlie and Margaret quickly find themselves on a flight to sunny Los Angeles, where they’ll face off against a dazzling world of stars and studios. At the center of their investigation is Frank Sinatra, a close friend of President John F. Kennedy and a rumored mob crony, whom Charlie and Margaret must befriend to get the inside scoop. But in a town built on illusions, where friends and foes all look alike, nothing is easy, and drinks by the pool at the Sands and late-night adventures with the Rat Pack soon lead to a body in the trunk of their car. Before they know it, Charlie and Margaret are being pursued by sinister forces from Hollywood’s stages to the newly founded Church of Scientology, facing off against the darkest and most secret side of Hollywood’s power. 

As the Academy Awards loom, and someone near and dear to Margaret goes missing, Charlie and Margaret find the clock is not only ticking but running out. Someone out there knows what they’ve uncovered and can’t let them leave alive. Corruption and ambition form a deadly mix in this fast-paced sequel to The Hellfire Club.

©2021 Jake Tapper (P)2021 Hachette Audio

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"Jake Tapper's deep inside knowledge of power, greed and politics fuels this riveting page-turner. Warning: Don't start this book late at night unless you have no plans the next day." (Harlan Coben)

"A fun, fast, gripping thriller full of real-life dirty dealmakers and legendary political power-brokers. No one knows the ins and outs of Washington politics like Jake Tapper." (Anderson Cooper, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Dispatches from the Edge)

"The action comes fast and furious, House of Cards on steroids; you'll be turning pages faster than a cable channel updates its chyron." (Cynthia Dickison, Minnesota Star Tribune)

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An amazing sequel

I listened to this having previously read and very much enjoyed 'The Hellfire Club' and I wasn't disappointed. I may even like this one a little more!

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  • Grace R Anderegg
  • 17-05-21

Jake Tapper Writes Very Well

Read both books in three days. Please let there be another sequel with the same leading characters. These are delightful thrillers with excellent political and historical details.

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  • Jack
  • 15-05-21

Great Novel

I prefer non fiction, but Jake Tapper and Rob Shapiro nailed it. It had me researching material on the rat pack and other characters of the book. Excellent job gentlemen!

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  • T J
  • 02-06-21

Worth the investment!

I listened to this book after a marathon session reading all 4 of Jack Carr’s James Reacher books... so I thought at first that this was a little slow. Once I got into it, it was like fine dining versus fast food... not that it’s actually better... just take it slow and savor the details!
I highly recommend it!
Bon appétite!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-21

nice follow up to hellfire club

I enjoyed this book and its predeessor. They both have good atmosphere, okay plot and decent pacing. They also both paint a dark and cynical view of society. I liked the reader on this book as well .

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  • D2Zen
  • 13-05-21

Smarmy rehash of Hollywood cliches

No plot. Instead, An avalanche of appropriated Hollywood-as-Gomorrah hash, sanctimony, cliches of every stripe, and breathtakingly banal writing.

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  • Bob Brown
  • 12-05-21

A step back in time for a thrill ride

This book is amazing. Following the fictional but totally possible tales of the Rat Pack, twisting, turning and rooting for our boy Charlie.... and then the end 🤯. Good times.

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  • Peggy Easter
  • 04-06-21

Winner totally entertaining !

I'm a sucker for a good murder mystery ! Mix it with Hollywood ,Political history, PTSD and the normal bait and switch of Washington makes for a great read .

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  • Tom
  • 03-06-21

Great job Jake.

Your research of the era really shines through. I enjoyed the politics, Rat Pack, Hoover, and the mob.

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  • Nancy
  • 30-05-21

Fun and Interesting

The disclaimer says the work is fictional but there plenty historical facts emerge. I trust the characterization of Frank Sinatra and the briefer portrayals, of Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr and Peter Lawford.

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  • Maria
  • 04-06-21

Loved the twists & turns!

I found myself looking for excuses to be alone to keep listening to this book. Best walking partner I’ve had in quite some time. Highly recommend for a long drive or daily walks/runs.

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