Luther Whitney was a career criminal. Luther went to burglarize a house that he had scope out for many weeks. While he was robing the house, the owner came home with the President of the United States. They started to fight Christy Sullivan went to stab the President with a letter opener but two secret service agents walked in and shot Christy in the head. The President was extemely drunk and did not realize that Christy had been shot and killed.
Luther had seen everything from the secret vault in the wall behind a one way mirror. Gloria Russell walked into the room and the bloody mess on the floor. Bill Burton one of the secret service agents wanted to call the police but Gloria wanted t o clean up the seen and get out of there. They left Christy on the floor so that it looked like a robbery gone wrong. Christy had managed to stab the President with the letter opener. Gloria put the letter opener in her purse but before she left the room it fell out. Luther went to leave the house.
He noticed the letter opener on the floor and picked it up and went out the window. Burton asked Gloria if she had the letter opener she cheeked her purse and said that she had dropped it somewhere. Burton ran up to the bedroom and saw the rope hanging from the window. Bill ran down stairs to catch Luther but he got away now the President is worried that he may get caught. Luther left the hotel where he was staying t o go to the airport.
He got on a plane going to Dallas/Forth Worth Then got a connecting flight to Miami then another plane to Barbados. Walter Sullivan called the security company because his wife would not pick u p the phone. The security guard found Christy on the floor and called the police. The police are searching the house for any signs of burglary. Jack Graham is going to have lunch with his ex-girlfriend Kate Whitney. Jack said something about Kate’s dad Luther so she walked out of the restaurant.
Jack chased after her and jumped into her car and said that he was very sorry. Jack said that it was only three o’clock and maybe they could catch a movie. Kate turned hin down and made him get out of her car. Walter Sullivan had to identify his wife’s body at the morgue. After he identified her, the technician wheeled her away and Walter started to cry.
Jack had a meeting with the head partnership leader at the firm where he works. Jack is about to make partner at the firm mainly because his biggest client is his girlfriend’s father. Jack is going to marry Jennifer Baldwin, and she is planing all of the wedding with her mother. Seth Frank is the head investigator on the Sullivan murder and he has nothing to go on because the murder seen was cleaned. The secret service agents had cleaned Christy’s body after she had been shot.
Seth keeps asking the medical examination to look over the body for anything that he can use to find who did it. All that Seth could find was a bullet hole in the wall but they had removed the bullet. Jack just got back from a business trip from the Ukraine for his law firm. He went with Walter Sullivan they had the best there was when they were there. It was about midnight when Jack got to his apartment.
He was on his way out to get some food when the phone rang. Luther was calling him to see how his daughter Kate was doing. They met at a little restaurant that night. Luther asked about Kate all Jack could say that they had a fight and he had not talk to Kate so he had nothing to tell Luther. Jack said that Luther should just call her for once in his life.
Luther did not answer then he blurted out that he may need a lawyer because he was in a jam and it could only get worse. Jack told Kate about her father she went to his apartment to see if she could help him out with this secret problem that he was in. Burton had been following her for a couple of days. He followed her into her father’s apartment. Bill said that he was looking for her father in connection of the murder or Christy Sullivan. He told her that he had evidence that he was there cleaning the carpets with the company he worked for. Kate then told Bill that her father liked to case out houses be for he robbed them.
Kate also said that her father would never kill anyone. Luther’s partner in robbing the Sullivan house Wanda Broome overdosed on pills. Wanda had the idea of robbing the house. Wanda was close friends with Christy Sullivan. Walter killed himself at his cabin, before he did he called his close friend Alan Richmond. The secret service agents had taped the telephone conversation.
President Richmond had his agents kill Luther Whitney while he was going to court for the murder of Christy. Jack found pictures of a letter opener and a note telling him who was involved in the murder. He sent the pictures to President Richmond, and the President told his agents to kill Jack. Jack was hiding out at a motel when agents’ Collin and Burton stormed into his room. They told him what they had been covering up and that he was next. When they were about to pull the trigger, the police walked into the room and arrested Jack. The next day Bill Burton shot himself in the head.
He left a note for Seth Frank with some cassette tapes say what the President had been doing. Soon After Seth served the President with papers and showed him all the evidence that he had. Along with a video of Collin and Burton about to kill Jack that he had taped from the hotel room. The method of characterization was third person omniscient. It was often told in an indirect form when the author would say Luther heard the vehicles enter the front drive on page 11.
The author also used direct characterization on page one when he said Luther was a sixty-six-year-old, Luther was eligible to collect Social Security, and he was a card-carrying member of AARP. Both of these ways of characterization were used during the right times of the story and it always seemed to go with the flow of the story. The author also let the character speak for themselves which made me feel that I new the characters better and it made it seem that they were telling me their story. The setting was in the District of Columbia. I think the setting was important in this story because it was about a President that was trying to cover up a murder.
I believe that if the story took place any where else it would be hard to follow since the police where always questioning the President. The tone was serious with the murders that took place. I think the theme of the story was to tell the truth and if you do something wrong you should just confess because it could only get worse. I would recommend the book to all of my friends because it had great action and always left me in suspense. I would only recommend this to a mature audience do to its content and it is very descriptive when they killed Christy Sullivan and when they murdered Luther outside the court house.
The author was very descriptive during the moments of sexual desire. This book had a lot of vulgar language but most adults would not mind this. I found the language was not a problem nor the grave detail of murder and sex. The author wrote this book very well but it is definite for mature readers. I found this book very enjoyable to read and often found it hard to put down because it was very action packed and faced paced from the beginning to the end.
With the problem that our President is having it makes you realize the power that our President has to control a lot of people. So if you like action and suspense this would be a great book to read. Neil Hersom 1-12-99 ABSOLUTE POWER BY DAVID BALDACCI.