In the sequel to the New York Times best-selling novel Hope Never Dies, Obama and Biden reprise their roles as BFFs-turned-detectives as they chase Obama's stolen cell phone through the streets of Chicago--and right into a vast conspiracy.
Following a long but successful book tour, Joe Biden has one more stop before he can return home: Chicago. His old pal Barack Obama has invited him to meet a wealthy benefactor whose endorsement could turn the tide for Joe if he decides to run for president.
The two friends barely have time to catch up before another mystery lands in their laps: Obama’s prized Blackberry is stolen. When their number-one suspect winds up full of lead on the South Side, the police are content to write it off as just another gangland shooting. But Joe and Obama smell a rat...
Set against the backdrop of a raucous city on St. Patrick’s Day, Joe and Obama race to find the shooter, only to uncover a vast conspiracy that goes deeper than the waters of Lake Michigan—which is exactly where they’ll spend the rest of their retirement if they’re not careful.
Bestseller Shaffer's second thriller featuring Joe Biden and Barack Obama as investigators (after 2018's Hope Never Dies) opens with Biden referring to the events of the previous book as "a bunch of malarkey," setting the tone for the rest of this humorous page-turner. The former v-p, who hopes to be elected president, is in Chicago to attend a global economic forum Obama is hosting. When Obama's Blackberry disappears from the green room at the building where the event is being held, Biden is eager to engage in more "Hardy Boys hijinks" to locate it. The device is traced to a railroad yard, but even after Obama remotely deletes its contents, Biden is determined to identify the thief; he suspects it's Shaun Denton, the likable teenager who was assigned to watch the green room. When Biden arrives at the train yard, however, he finds that Denton has been shot, turning the investigation into something more serious. Once again, Shaffer convincingly portrays his unusual leads as action heroes.