Gregory Michael MacGregor
Bantam, 1997
ISBN: 0-553-10584-1

review by Harriet Klausner

He has the charisma of a Kennedy (the previous generation), the charm and statesmanship of Ronald Reagan (the presidential era), and the mystique of Howard Hughes (the recluse period). He was once a poor person, but established a dynasty that turned him into one of the richest men in the world. Currently, he is the front-runner in the race for the Oval office. However, Russell Lindstrom is, in reality, a traitor to the United States.

A cadre of former military officers known as "The Fortress" realize what Lindstrom is. They have no concrete proof that the Republican candidate illegally sold technology to the enemy during the Viet Nam conflict or that he sold prohibited electronic parts to the Sandinistas, etc. One particular member of "The Fortress" lost a brother in Nam due to Lindstrom's machinations. He plans to discredit the villain. He chooses litigator Christopher Lang as the person who can stop the cancer from spreading any further by proving Lindstrom committed fraud. Lang, unaware that he is being manipulated, knows that he must stop the evil giant before he enters the White House.

This pulse pounding espionage/legal thriller is a one sitting read. Gregory Michael MacGregor's debut novel delivers a knock out that leaves readers stunned by the quality of the prose and the brilliant characterizations. Deadspin is the ultimate conspiracy thriller because it seems so plausible and its characters come right out of the media. Even after completing the novel, its impact lingers as readers reaffirm that politicians should never be only judged at face value.

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