• The Devil May Dance

  • A Novel
  • By: Jake Tapper
  • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (782 ratings)

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The Devil May Dance

By: Jake Tapper
Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

“Frank Sinatra, Robert Kennedy and Charlie Marder — you can’t lose with this combination of characters in The Devil May Dance. Jake Tapper explores the thin lines between politics, pop culture and crime, and the story is always gripping, accurate and right on target when it comes to underlining that the past is prologue and politics are always played for keeps.” (Michael Connelly)

“One helluva a mystery — bursting with early-‘60s luminarios from Bobby Kennedy to Frank Sinatra and his swinging gang. Tapper effortlessly blends a journalist’s sharp eye with a storyteller’s keen sense of suspense: The result is as bracing as the bourbon the book's Rat Packers knock back and as fizzy as the champagne the Hollywood stars swig. Raise a glass.” (Gillian Flynn)

"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)

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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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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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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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Crazy story, suspend disbelief and try to enjoy it

A whole lot of everything packed into one unbelievable package. I can’t believe Disney isn’t suing. And by the way, New Orleans Square didn’t come around until 1966. I don’t know whether I enjoyed it or not, I kept listening to see what crazy things would happen next.

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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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Not Good

The one good thing may be that the author didn't narrate this book like the first. It was very slow and, like the first book, the plot really doesn't take off till the end. They're so much foreshadowing its gets a little annoying. Love him on CNN but probably last book I'll read from him.

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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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I couldn’t finish it

I really did not care for this book. The plot was disjointed and boring. I really wanted to like this book, but just couldn’t do it.

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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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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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  • Victoria Butler
  • 06-05-21

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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