Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Librarian by Larry Beinhart

To be a librarian...what an ideal job. Right? You work around books all day, get first dibs on checking out the ones you're interested in, you get to boss people around and tell them to be quiet. It's a low key job. There's stress, of course, but it's not life-shattering, world-building stress. So why is a dark ops division of Homeland Security trying to kill David Goldberg, the librarian of the title?

It all starts with an opportunity David has to do some moonlighting, archiving documents and personal papers for the private library of an aged billionaire land-developer. Alan Stowe, it turns out, is also a savvy long-time behind-the-scenes political mover and shaker, buying the people who buy the people who buy the candidates, and he--and a few other important people--have a lot riding on the re-election of incumbent president Augustus Winthrop Scott (who is running against a woman). David doesn't actually know anything about any of this but--as he finds out at the party built around the mating of a champion mare at Stowe's stables and the final presidential debate ("We'll make an afternoon and evening of it," Stowe says. "First we'll watch Glorious Morning put it to Angela's Star, then we'll watch The Man put it to Anne Lynn Murphy.")--somebody wants to make damn sure he doesn't find out.

And they're off. David's on the run, and if the bad guys catch him they're going to do some really nasty stuff to him. Especially once he's done his research (he 
is a librarian, after all) and learned just what it is nobody wants him to know...

The Librarian is smart and very funny, an action packed literary thriller that's so real you think it might actually have happened.


IF THIS TITLE INTERESTS YOU...


You should definitely try Primary Colors by Joe Klein, a reporter who was so close to the first Clinton campaign upon which this hilarious story is based that he first published as "Anonymous."  Then, of course, there's the work of Christopher Buckley, much of which is set in the world of politics.  Both Thank You for Smoking, the story of dueling lobbyists and their excesses and Little Green Men, about a man abducted by aliens and the top secret government agency that's involved, are absolutely hilarious.

5 comments:

Bernadette in Australia said...

I'm adding this one to my wishlist thanks. I did my whole B is for...post on bibliophiles and I included librarians in that category

Kerrie said...

Thanks for this contribution to CFA Rebecca

fleurfisher said...

I'm not a big reader of action thrillers, but you make this one sound very appealing.I'll look out for it.

Margot Kinberg said...

Rebecca - Thanks for this review :-). It looks quite interesting and being a bibliophile myself, I like librarians :-).

gautami tripathy said...

I am adding this to my wish list!

Here is my Crime Fiction Alphabet: B post!