Christopher's Ghosts by Charles MCarry
A Different Kind of Spy
by Charles McCarry
Overlook. 272 pp. $25.00
For nearly 40 years, the spy novelist Charles McCarry has been writing frighteningly prescient books. In 1979, The Better Angels posited a plot by Arab terrorists to blow up passenger jetliners in flight over major cities around the world. In 1995, Shelley’s Heart revolved around the putative outcome of the 2000 presidential elections. In this fictional version of events that were then still five years into the future, a legal dispute arises over the close outcome of the balloting—the dispute centers on a few hundred votes in a single state—and ultimately the Supreme Court has to step in. A sitting President under impeachment is also involved, with a secret society at Yale thrown in for good measure. Islamist terrorists play a role, too.
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