The Seersucker Whipsaw by Ross Thomas

The Seersucker Whipsaw by Ross Thomas

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An old-school Southerner is recruited to run a political campaign in a dangerous African election

Clinton Shartelle doesn't seem like a good choice to run a political campaign in Albertia. For one thing, he's American, and Albertia is a small coastal republic in Africa, about to be cut loose from the English Crown. For another, Shartelle is Southern and fiercely proud of it, and his ideas about racial politics veer unpredictably from progressive to rigidly old-fashioned.

But Shartelle is the best, and the political future of Albertia is too important to be left to anyone else. If history is any indication, this first fair election will probably be the country's last. Rich natural resources make it attractive to businessmen on both sides of the Atlantic, opening Albertia up to political corruption. For his part, Shartelle is hired to make sure that a British industrialist's favored candidate wins the presidency. But the opposition is backed by the CIA, for whom murder is just another political tool.


“Ross Thomas is without peer in American suspense.” —The Los Angeles Times

“What Elmore Leonard does for crime in the streets, Ross Thomas does for crime in the suites.” —The Village Voice

“Ross Thomas is that rare phenomenon, a writer of suspense whose novels can be read with pleasure more than once.” —Eric Ambler, author of The Mask of Dimitrios

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