Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Nomination

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Book Review - The Nomination

About the Book
William Tapply, the adored author of dozens of books, including more than twenty New England-based mystery novels, continues to delight us with his work even after his tragic death in July 2009 from leukemia. The Nomination, his wildly anticipated final stand-alone thriller offers a suspenseful and intricately woven plot that keeps the reader guessing until the very last page!

Here, Tapply brings events from the final days of the Vietnam War into direct conflict with contemporary American politics. It’s a fast-paced story of passion, loneliness, desperation, greed, murder, and justice that forces us all to ask ourselves just how far we would go to conceal the dark, incriminating secrets of our past.

Vietnam War hero and Massachusetts judge Thomas Larrigan is tapped by his friend, the President, to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court of the United States. The President needs a sure bet, and Thomas Larrigan is the perfect candidate – a loving husband and father with a sterling judicial record. Except Larrigan has secrets, ones that he is so frantic to keep hidden that he enlists the aid of his old Marine buddy, a brutally efficient hit man, to sweep the closet clean.

But there are some secrets Larrigan does not even know are still alive.  Elusive former film goddess Simone Bonet holds close information that could crush not only Larrigan’s career, but his entire world. Meanwhile, former police detective Jesse Church, desperately on the run for her life, also possesses a secret that could destroy Larrigan, knowledge of which she isn’t yet aware. And celebrity ghostwriter Mac Cassidy, while mourning the death of his wife, will also become a threat to Larrigan’s ascendance to the highest judicial post in the land.

The Nomination is the story of how these lives intersect in deception, desperation, revelation, death, and ultimately, redemption.  Tapply’s last novel is undoubtedly one of his best - brilliantly crafted, tightly spun, and brought together with a conclusion so shocking that it leaves no doubt that Tapply’s reign as a master of the art of suspense will continue.

About the Author:
William G. Tapply was the author of dozens of books, including more than two dozen New England-based mystery novels and nearly a thousand magazine articles, mostly about fly fishing and the outdoors. Tapply died in July 2009 after a battle with leukemia. He lived and wrote in Hancock, New Hampshire.

My Take on the Book
While I have not yet read any of this authors' previous novels, but in reading this I can see how this book is able to stand on its own as a great suspense. The book was highly engaging and I found myself wanting to sit down and read continually until the end. 

I found the book to be a compelling thriller that shows a sharp contrast to American politics and society. The author has done a great job at sharing evocative descriptions and complex plot. He also has done a great job at developing strong well-developed characters for the reader.

Overall, this was a great read, and this is one that I would highly recommend to all!
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