The First Counsel

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Bestselling author Brad Meltzer delivers a mesmerizing, suspenseful novel where a young White House attorney gets caught in a deadly conspiracy when he gets too close to the daughter of the President.

White House lawyer Michael Garrick has a relatively anonymous position at a very public address. That is, until he starts dating Nora Harston (Secret Service code name: Shadow), the sexy and dangerously irresistible daughter of the president. The confident young attorney who starts feeling like the First Counsel thinks he can handle the pressure until, out on a date, Nora and Michael see something they shouldn't. And when a body is discovered and Michael is the suspected killer, he finds himself on the run. Now he must find a way to prove his innocence.

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Grand Central Publishing
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Mar 9, 2001
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Fiction / Thrillers / Crime
Fiction / Thrillers / Espionage
Fiction / Thrillers / Legal
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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