First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader
Release date: Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I haven’t been a big fan of thrillers, ever since I OD’d on Michael Crichton and John Grisham in high school. However, when I was given the opportunity to review Eric Van Lustbader’s new book, “First Daughter,” I accepted, due largely to the fact that he is the author of several of the ‘Borne’ books, which I think made good movies. I wasn’t the least bit disappointed in “First Daughter.”
ATF agent Jack McClure is reassigned to work a special case when the President-elect’s daughter goes missing mere days before inauguration. This case is especially close to Jack’s heart as Alli, the first daughter in question, was his daughter Emma’s best friend and roommate before she was killed in a tragic car crash. While looking for Alli, Jack struggles with faith, the loss of his daughter, and his shame over his dyslexia. Also, obviously, he is caught up in a web of political intrigue.
Van Lustbader is a good writer, and he makes Jack very human. He also avoids too much deus ex machina, which I feel is rather common in this genre.
Overall this is a good read. If you enjoy political thrillers, mysteries, etc, you will probably like “First Daughter.”