Protect and Defend

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First rule of Chemistry 101: certain elements combined in specific ways, explode.

First rule of Politics 101: Ditto. Nothing has the potential to blow the dome off the Capitol quite like a Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation hearing, especially given the right elements: a nominee with something to hide. A politically divided Supreme Court. A Senate judiciary chairman with an agenda and a secret. A public hungry to digest the private lives of public figures. Add to this the most politically incendiary topic of all – the abortion debate. Mix them up, and you get a political Atom bomb.

You also get the latest novel by best-selling author Richard North Patterson. Law, politics, and the challenges of creating fiction where the reality is already so strange, here.
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Richard North Patterson, author of “Protect and Defend”