Early in June, James Patterson and Bill Clinton's new thriller, The President Is Missing, puts the president in the role of investigator, trying to find the people who can help him avert a disaster that threatens the U.S.
This writing team-up is the first time a president has penned a thriller and added his own unique expertise, but there's a solid history of the (fictional) White House and its varied denizens being pulled into investigations.
Here are six novels that feature detective presidents or detectives close to the president—including a series written by First Daughter Margaret Truman. Enter these White House whodunits if you dare....
Murder in the White House (A Capital Crimes Novel) by Margaret Truman - Upon the death of FDR and her father's assumption of the presidency, Margaret Truman moved into the White House. Decades later, Truman pulled upon her experiences at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and wrote Murder in the White House, the first of a gripping 25-book series that launches with the Secretary of State founded murdered in the Lincoln bedroom and everyone a suspect.
Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer - Definitely far less serious than the other books and series in this list, Hope Never Dies (July 10) is billing itself as "part noir thriller and part bromance," which leaves a lot of room for interesting storytelling. Early reviews are mixed; reading between the lines, it seems the less invested you are in real-life Biden and Obama, the more enjoyable this book will be.
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