"No Safe Place," written 'way back in 1998, is set in the then near future: the 2000 presidential primaries. Richard North Patterson here describes h..Show More »ow we can fix American politics, by telling us the story of a truly ethical politician. Kerry Kilcannon is running for president in the Democratic primaries against the sitting Vice-President, Dick Mason. While Kilcannon has the courage of his convictions, Mason chooses his opinions by the polls. Prophetic, eh? Gun control, abortion rights, and "family values" feature prominently in the campaign. Only one teensy, little thing threatens to destroy Kilcannon's career: a true love affair lurking in his past. Of course, the opposition gets wind of this completely irrelevant non-issue; Kilcannon's side starts looking for counter-dirt against Mason; and the mud starts flying. To top it all off, a would-be assassin is lurking in the background, with his sights set on Kilcannon. Richard North Patterson, with his trademark authorial genius, keeps all these balls in the air, while intermittently juggling in illuminating flashbacks. Patterson offers us -- via Kilcannon's campaign speeches -- some pretty intelligent ideas about how we might fix politics and campaign financing. I find "No Safe Place" to be Patterson's best novel to date. He keeps the (publisher-mandated) obligatory sex scenes to a minimum here, while crafting an intelligent, intriguing, intricate plot. The narrator, Alexander Adams, still suffers from an unfortunate voice, and the inability to vocally distinguish his characters; but, at least, he has learned to slow down his delivery a bit. I would have preferred to hear a good actor like George Guidall, Oliver Wyman, or Ron McLarty read this book to me. Otherwise, I recommend this audiobook highly to anyone interested in behind-the-scenes politics.
It's only fair to be correct on the central issue of the legal fight in this book - protecting the teenager's ability to have future children, not rac..Show More »ing the calendar before the probably-nonviable fetus was beyond 6 months old and permanently damaged the mother's ability to have more children.
The legal arguments on both sides of the law requiring teenagers to obtain parental consent to abortion were interesting. In addition, the political maneuvering over the appointment of a Supreme Court judge were too realistic for comfort. I recommend this book with the caviat that you will examine your personal philosophies on abortion, right to privacy, rights of teenagers versus parents, and lifestyle choices of public officials because of the content.
I should have listened . . . Because I have enjoyed previous books by this author, I purchased it even though the reviews weren't overly positive. I ..Show More »should have listened to them! This book is not up to the author's usual standards. It's boring -- skip this one!