From New York Times bestselling author Lis Wiehl comes the final book in her Newsmakers series. Journalist and newscaster Erica Sparks is only planning to report on an explosive story—until she gets caught in the middle of it.
After getting the green light from her network to launch an investigative news show, Erica flies to Bismarck, North Dakota, to investigate Take Back Our Homeland, the largest secessionist group. What she finds is profoundly disturbing – a growing threat to the future of our union.
Back home, her husband Greg is drinking more and talking less—and taking an unusual interest in the glamorous author Leslie Burke Wilson. Erica’s teenage daughter has also begun acting out in troubling ways.
Then she discovers a potential informant murdered in her Bismarck hotel. Take Back Our Homeland might be even more dangerous than she had thought—and she’s unwittingly become one of the key players in the story. Her fear and anxiety escalate – for her marriage, her daughter, and her own life.
Bestselling novelist and former legal analyst for Fox News Lis Wiehl takes us behind the anchor’s desk in this gripping look at high-stakes reporting in a country torn apart.
“BREAKING NEWS! Lis Wiehl has written another blockbuster—using her insider’s eye to nail the dangerous mix of media and politics. The Separatists is bold, timely, thrilling and a simply stunning read.” --Linda Fairstein, New York Times bestselling author
“Political high jinks and unusual escapades always mark a Lis Wiehl novel. Eric Sparks is a highly trained, top-notched, alpha-female —totally reminiscent of her creator. This one is a smart, sexy, reflective read and I highly recommend it."
--Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author
A plot to break up the United States is at the center of Wiehl and Stuart's rather predictable third and final Newsmakers novel (after 2016's The Candidate). Erica Sparks, a broadcast journalist in New York, has risen to the top of her field in a desperate attempt to outrun her dreadful childhood. Her husband, Greg, is unhappy with his work, and her 13-year-old daughter, Jenny, feels neglected. It's clear to readers, if not to Erica, that both these relationships will suffer. As Erica pursues a big story involving a well-financed group in North Dakota planning to make the state the centerpiece of a new country, she notices an inexplicable coldness in the eyes, speech, or demeanor of certain people she interviews. That turns out to be the mark of the devil and bad guys are everywhere. The more she pokes around, the more people die. There's not much in the way of mystery or thrills; the only questions are how Erica will stop the plot from coming to fruition and how high the body count will be.