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Resurrection day
Brendan DuBois
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From Publishers' Weekly:

In his first novel outside of his acclaimed Lewis Cole mystery series (Shattered Sand, Forecasts, Feb. 15, etc.), DuBois delivers an alternate-history thriller that deserves to be as popular as Robert Harris's Fatherland. DuBois postulates an America that has been politically devastated by a nuclear exchange arising from the Cuban missile crisis. It's now 1972. Washington, D.C., is a radioactive crater; Nelson Rockefeller is running for president against George McGovern; and Boston Globe reporter Carl Landry is investigating the shooting death of a 60-year-old retired serviceman. Warned off the story after it gets spiked by the military's in-house censor, and emboldened by Sandra Price, a beautiful reporter from the London Times, Landry keeps digging at Swenson's past. What he uncovers is the truth behind the rumors of what really happened in the White House as the missile crisis spun out of controlÄand evidence of an unholy alliance that is poised to reverse the course of American history. From cryptic references to post-bomb chaos in California to clever reworkings of '60s history (e.g., antidraft demonstrators chanting, "Hell, no, we won't glow!"), DuBois creates a sobering and imaginatively detailed vision of an America that has been crippled by tragedyÄa nation where John F. Kennedy was not the King Arthur of Camelot but its Mordred, the man who brought down everything. One of DuBois's many brilliant touches is an underground of diehard Kennedy supporters who scrawl the graffiti "He Lives" on every available surface, because they believe that JFK was not only innocent, but is still alive and broadcasting from a pirate radio station. Cohesively plotted and smoothly written, steadily exciting and rife with clever conceits, this is what-if thriller fiction at its finest. Foreign rights sold in the U.K., Germany and Holland. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

The nuclear bomb thriller has for decades engaged novelists writing of the ruined future and readers relishing the explosive undoing of civilization as we know it. DuBois, whose mysteries have won him a Shamus Award and three nominations for an Edgar, takes the alternative history genre as his framework for an extended speculation about the consequences of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Say Kennedy and Khrushchev exchanged fusillades of atomic bombs in 1962, and say that in 1972 McGovern and Rockefeller are vying for the leadership of the contaminated but recovering United States. Britain, reaching again for imperial status, envisions an American lackey state. Clues begin to fall into the hands of a young newspaper reporter. Mysterious deaths, lost documents, and ambushes draw him inexorably toward the solution of the puzzle before it's too late. Throw in a smart and beautiful love interest, and you get a resurrection day that will enliven even the deadest Lazarus. This sizzler is a sure bet for summer reading on the beach.ÄBarbara Conaty, Library of Congress (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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