Faithless Elector by James McCroneFaithless Elector by James McCrone

Faithless Elector

byJames McCrone

Paperback | March 23, 2016

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A "fast-moving topical thriller.  Its surprising twists add up to a highly suspenseful read." --Publishers Weekly 

"A gripping and intelligently executed political drama." --Kirkus Review

Matthew Yamashita, a young researcher, uncovers a series of suspicious deaths among Electors while collecting polling data.  Seven have died, seemingly by accident, and he’s the only one with a national list tracking all Electors.  No one else has put it together because the lists are tracked state-by-state and no two Electors have died in any given state.  

Matthew and his mentor, Duncan Calder, get to work trying to figure out why it’s happening.  While the suspicious deaths are only on their radar, they’re already in the sights of the conspirators.

When FBI agent Imogen Trager is first confronted with the evidence she's skeptical, but as she glimpses how deep the plot goes—and how high—she too begins to fear for her life.  Who can she trust, and how can she follow the trail? The legitimacy of the presidency hangs in the balance. Can she save America from a web of corruption without a name? There are fewer than three weeks until the real presidential election.

The debut novel in the Imogen Trager series.

James McCrone is the author of the Imogen Trager Thriller Series, of which FAITHLESS ELECTOR is the first. It's a suspense-thriller about stealing the presidential election. The sequel DARK NETWORK is also available now. James's work both on an off the page deals with politics and issues of social responsibility and justice. He gradu...
Title:Faithless ElectorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:March 23, 2016Publisher:Faithless ElectorLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0692797831

ISBN - 13:9780692797839


Rated 5 out of 5 by from 4.5 stars--timely political thriller; intellectually stimulating 4.5 stars--FAITHLESS ELECTOR is the first installment in James McCrone’s contemporary, adult IMOGEN TRAGER political suspense thriller series focusing on FBI Agent Imogen ‘Gen’ Trager and the investigation into the electoral process of the USA. This is thirty two year old FBI Agent and statistician Imogen Trager and forty seven year old Political Science Professor Duncan Calder’s story line. NOTE: FAITHLESS ELECTOR is a fictional story line and does not reflect the current political situation in the USA. SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION and DEFINITIONS: In the USA ‘Faithless Electors’ are members of the Electoral College who do not vote for their party’s designated candidate. The Electoral College consists of 538 electors. A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the President. A state's entitled allotment of electors equals the number of members in its Congressional delegation: one for each member in the House of Representatives plus two for the State’s Senators. The meeting of the electors takes place on the first Monday after the second Wednesday in December after the presidential election. The electors meet in their respective states, where they cast their votes for President and Vice President on separate ballots. Each state’s electoral votes are counted in a joint session of Congress on the 6th of January in the year following the meeting of the electors. The Vice President, as President of the Senate, presides over the count and announces the results of the vote. The President of the Senate then declares which persons, if any, have been elected President and Vice President of the United States. The President-Elect takes the oath of office and is sworn in as President of the United States on January 20th in the year following the Presidential election. Told from several third person points of view including Imogen Trager and Duncan Calder FAITHLESS ELECTOR follows the investigation into the fictional 2016 US Presidential election wherein Diane Redmond is elected the first female president of the United States with an Electoral College difference of only four votes 271- 267. Graduate student Matthew Yamashita, under the mentorship of Professor Duncan Calder, begins his doctoral dissertation on party identification beginning with an analysis of the recent election, and the examination of the members of the Electoral College only to discover a series of anomalies including the ‘accidental’ deaths of seven electors. Matthew’s research will catch the attention of some powerful people who will leave a trail of bodies in their wake including Matthew himself. Enter Duncan Calder and his former Political Science student FBI Agent Imogen Trager who will be caught in a storm of mystery and intrigue involving the FBI, Attorney General, and the powerful political elite. We are introduced to grad student Matthew Yamashita; Imogen’s FBI partner Agent Thomas Kurtz, and her boss Agent Doug Pollack. FAITHLESS ELECTOR reads like a sociological study; a political science and statistical crash course into the United States election process and the fall out of voter tampering at the highest levels. The intrigue is heart pounding as Duncan is targeted by an unknown source that is determined to shut down anyone connected with Matthew and Duncan’s original investigation. A cross country journey finds our hero struggling to survive as each step closer to the truth brings Duncan closer to his own demise. With FBI Agent Imogen Trager working alongside, our couple will be caught in political war of conspiracy, not of their making, as they face down the people willing to kill for their own agenda and candidate. James McCrone writes an amazing and timely thriller with a little bit of romance thrown in for good measure; a fast paced, intense story of political intrigue and mystery; a relevant look into the political process and the real potential for fraudulent elections. The premise is intellectually stimulating, engaging and realistic; the characters are colorful, inspiring and passionate. FAITHLESS ELECTOR is a fascinating and riveting look at the conceivability of the unimaginable.
Date published: 2017-10-20

Editorial Reviews

"Faithless Elector is a fast-moving topical thriller." Its "surprising twists add up to a highly suspenseful read." -Publishers Weekly (July 11)"A gripping and intelligently executed political drama." -Kirkus Reviews"A solidly crafted, high-concept thriller. It's taut and well-paced, but for readers reading between the lines it also works on a moral level." -BookViral "The pleasure of Faithless Elector lies not just in its smooth evocative prose, but in the author's justified confidence that good writing can make chases through recognizable locales sufficiently exciting without a Navy SEAL or a terrorist plot." -Plattsburgh Press-Republican"Be prepared to read this book in a very short period of time-it's that intriguing. There are mysterious deaths, a hint of romance, amateur detective work, and a plot that will have you wondering who done it right up until the end...and maybe afterwards." Florence Osmund (author/reviewer),"I could hardly put it down. The characters in this book were strong and believable... particularly Imogen Trager, a former grad-student of his who is now working for the FBI...The descriptions and imagery were fantastic. The author described the various settings using prose that read like literary ambrosia. Yet, he knew when to cut to the chase, literally, and make the story and plot move at a breathless pace. It reminded me so much of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels..." -Marcha Cox (author/reviewer) Two-Cents Worth blog