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The Washington Decree
A Novel
By (author): Jussi Adler-Olsen Translated by: Steve Schein
9781524742539 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / Political Aug 06, 2019
$23.00 CAD
Active 5.29 x 7.95 x 1.26 in 592 pages Dutton
The New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the Department Q series is back, with a terrifyingly relevant stand-alone novel about an America in chaos.

Sixteen years before Democratic Senator Bruce Jansen was elected president of the United States, a PR stunt brought together five very different people: fourteen-year-old Dorothy “Doggie” Rogers, small-town sheriff T. Perkins, single mother Rosalie Lee, well-known journalist John Bugatti, and the teenage son of one of Jansen’s employees, Wesley Barefoot. In spite of their differences, the five remain bonded by their shared experience and devotion to their candidate.

For Doggie, who worked the campaign trail with Wesley, Jansen’s election is a personal victory: a job in the White House, proof to her Republican father that she was right to support Jansen, and the rise of an intelligent, clear-headed leader with her same ideals. But the triumph is short-lived: Jansen’s pregnant wife is assassinated on election night, and the alleged mastermind behind the shooting is none other than Doggie’s own father.

When Jansen ascends to the White House, he is a changed man, determined to end gun violence by any means necessary. Rights are taken away as quickly as weapons. International travel becomes impossible. Checkpoints and roadblocks destroy infrastructure. The media is censored. Militias declare civil war on the government. The country is in chaos, and Jansen’s former friends each find themselves fighting a very different battle, for themselves, their rights, their country…and, in Doggie’s case, the life of her father, who just may be innocent.

Story Locale: United States

TIMELY AND CLOSE TO HOME: The Washington Decree is Adler-Olsen’s first English-language book set in the United States. Although it was originally published in Denmark a decade ago, the novel is oddly prescient; this story of an American president gone mad has plenty of parallels to the current political climate in the United States.

MASSIVE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR: The Washington Decree was an international bestseller when it was originally published in Europe: It was a #1 bestseller in Denmark, Germany, and Norway; and made the list in Holland and Sweden.

NEW YORK TIMES AND INDIE BESTSELLER: The Keeper of Lost Causes debuted on the New York Times extended list and spent fourteen weeks on the ABA IndieBound bestseller list; The Absent One debuted at #25 on the New York Times list. The paperback of Keeper spent eight weeks on the New York Times list, and one week on the combined list.

GREAT REVIEWS, AWARD PEDIGREE: Jussi Adler-Olsen’s novels have always received raves in the trades and publications such as The New York Times Book Review and Men’s Journal, among others. Adler-Olsen has also won many Nordic crime writing awards, including the Glass Key Award, which has previously gone to Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, and Jo Nesbø. In March 2011, he received the Golden Laurels, Denmark’s most prestigious literary award.

Jussi Adler-Olsen is Denmark’s #1 crime writer and a New York Times bestselling author. His books routinely top the bestseller lists in Europe and have sold more than fifteen million copies around the world. His many prestigious Nordic crime-writing awards include the Glass Key Award, also won by Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Stieg Larsson, and Peter Høeg.

Author Residence: Denmark

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Praise for The Washington Decree:

“A tantalizing and timely premise makes this political thriller one of those all-too-real scenarios that leave you thinking once you’re done. Spicy, smart and entertaining.”—Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

“Adler-Olsen weaves a thought-provoking dystopia…a hauntingly timely political thriller.”—Booklist

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