Balance of Power


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An epic story that moves with force, passion, and authority, Balance of Power begins when President Kerry Kilcannon and television journalist Lara Costello at last decide to marry. But the momentous occasion is followed by an unspeakable tragedy—a massacre of innocents by gunfire—that ignites a high-stakes game of politics and legal maneuvering in the Senate, the courtroom, and across the country, which the charismatic but untested young President is determined to win at any cost. But in the incendiary clash over gun violence and gun rights, the cost to both Kilcannons may be even higher than he imagined.

“A remarkable project in popular fiction: an extension of the genre of the legal thriller to explore the morality and strategies of the U.S.'s greatest civic controversies.” —The Guardian (London)
“Patterson combines serious contemporary issues—domestic violence, presidential politics, late-term abortion—with an accessible writing style that has resulted in seven consecutive international best sellers.” —USA Today
“Compulsive reading… An engrossing blend of courtroom and political drama.” —The London Times
“A rip-roaring novel about guns, lawyers, and politics… This is a great read by a masterful writer.” —Senator Edward M. Kennedy
“[A] spellbinding novel… Patterson’s extensive research, plot skills, and ability to create engaging, authentic dialogue set his writing apart… Believable and eloquent.” —Associated Press