First Daughter (Jack McClure/Alli Carson Novels)
Eric Van Lustbader
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Sometimes the weakness we fear most can become our greatest strength . . .
Jack McClure has had a troubled life. His dyslexia always made him feel like an outsider. He escaped from an abusive home as a teenager and lived by his wits on the streets of Washington D.C. It wasn't until he realized that dyslexia gave him the ability to see the world in unique ways that he found success, using this newfound strength to become a top ATF agent.
When a terrible accident takes the life of his only daughter, Emma, and his marriage falls apart, Jack blames himself, numbing the pain by submerging himself in work. Then he receives a call from his old friend Edward Carson. Carson is just weeks from taking the reins as President of the United States when his daughter, Alli, is kidnapped. Because Emma McClure was once Alli's best friend, Carson turns to Jack, the one man he can trust to go to any lengths to find his daughter and bring her home safely.
The search for Alli leads Jack on a road toward reconciliation . . . and into the path of a dangerous and calculating man. Someone whose actions are as cold as they are brilliant. Whose power and reach are seemingly infinite.
Faith, redemption, and political intrigue play off one another as McClure uses his unique abilities to journey into the twisted mind of a stone cold genius who is constantly one step ahead of him. Jack will soon discover that this man has affected his life and his country in more ways than he could ever imagine.
was time for them to talk. Jack turned and padded in bare feet past the table with the photos of her and Emma he took everywhere he went, across the carpet to the bathroom. He was about to turn on the water, in order to defeat the listening devices planted in every room. No fewer than four representatives of the Russian government swore there were no such listening devices. But ever since the first night when Secret Service personnel had discovered one, he and everyone in the president’s service
stirrings, he lies in bed, staring at the traffic light at the junction of New Hampshire and Eastern Avenues. He lives, eats, and breathes by the rhythm of its changing from red to green. Outside his window, at the eastern border of the District, the city roars, barks, whines, squeals, growls like a pack of feral dogs, glassy-eyed with hunger. Inside the row house, the darkness is filled with dread. It seems to grip his head like a vise squeezed tighter and tighter until he gasps, shoots up in a
registered trademark of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC. ISBN-13: 978-0-7653-2170-1 ISBN-10: 0-7653-2170-X eISBN 9781429930185 First Edition: August 2008 Printed in the United States of America 0 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS From the very first day I started writing fiction, I’ve been influenced by many sources, but none as telling or important as Colin Wilson’s brilliant book The Outsider. As an Outsider myself, I never really understood who I was or how I fit in (or didn’t!)
ashamed. “Tell me more about the FASR.” Armitage ran a hand through his soaking hair. “Come on,” Jack urged, “the talking’ll do you good.” “All right.” Armitage licked his lips nervously. “What we believe, first and foremost, is that an ethical life can be led without religion. In fact, it’s religion of all stripes that most batters the ethical life into submission. The word of the lord God is the best method devised by man to twist ethics, morality, to escape the consequence of your actions.
belong to me.” Stanz’s face looks like a fist. “Why, you little—!” Jack reaches under the counter, pulls out a plain manila envelope. “I have one of them here.” He opens it, so Stanz can see the photocopies of the paperwork Stanz signed when he got his safe-deposit box at the Riggs National Bank. Stanz snorts. “So what? Most everybody has a safety deposit box.” Jack slides a photocopy of another document from under the paperwork. “Not when two million dollars of Luis Arroyo Ochoa’s money