An Official Summer Read of Publishers Weekly and The Interrobang • An Amazon 2018 Beach Read • An Amazon Best Book of the Month: Thrillers July 2018 • An Audible Editors' Pick July 2018 • Barnes & Noble Paperback Bestseller
This mystery thriller reunites Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama for a political mashup full of suspense, intrigue, and laugh out loud bromance.
Vice President Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident, leaving behind an ailing wife and a trail of clues. To unravel the mystery, “Amtrak Joe” re-teams with the only man he’s ever fully trusted—the 44th president of the United States. Together they’ll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America’s opioid epidemic.
Part noir thriller and part bromance novel, Hope Never Dies is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fanfiction—and a cathartic read for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.
"[An] entertaining, offbeat whodunit... Fans of Carl Hiaasen’s comic crime novels will have fun." — Publishers Weekly
"Put on your aviators and grab an ice cream cone—you're in for a hell of an Amtrak ride...and that's no malarkey." — Jeff Wilser, author of The Book of Joe: The Life, Wit, and (Sometimes Accidental) Wisdom of Joe Biden
"This may not be the buddy-cop adventure America deserves, but it’s the one we need." — Christopher Farnsworth, author of The President's Vampire and Red, White, and Blood
"Hope Never Dies has humor and heart as well as plenty of adventure [with] surprisingly nuanced and tender takes on aging, masculinity, jealousy, and life after eight years in power." — Santa Fe New Mexican
"I am physically angry that this is a work of fiction. If I'm ever murdered, please put Joe Biden on the case." — Beth Revis, New York Times best-selling author of Rebel Rising
"Probably the most unlikely pair of detectives I have ever seen." — Rincey Abraham, Book Riot
“The cool, cerebral ex-POTUS is a reasonable stand-in for Sherlock Holmes, and his ex-VPOTUS, by turns appealingly modest and laughably self-satisfied, is in some ways a better Watson than the good doctor himself.” — Kirkus
"Sure to be one of this year’s breakout summer titles." — Old Firehouse Books
“The beats of dialogue, the in-jokes, and the quips…make the book an entertaining light read.” — Lexington Herald-Reader
“This old-school noir/political wish-fulfillment pastiche is the post-Obama era mashup of my literary (and, let’s face it, personal) dreams. Shaffer pokes affectionate fun at both the mystery genre and our former President/VP team while weaving a clever mystery that draws you in and lets you know that he’s in on the joke, A thoroughly enjoyable way to pass a summer afternoon, and the perfect gift for almost anyone.” — Melissa Posten, The Novel Neighbor in St Louis, MO
"Everything you would hope for from a book with this title." — Becky Spatford, RA For All blog
"The literary equivalent to a fun buddy-cop movie... An ideal summer read." — Every Read Thing