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Q & A with Andrew Shaffer

Where did the idea for Hope Never Dies come from?

The first time I saw Joe Biden in his Ray-Ban aviators, I thought, 'that guy’s an action hero.' The sunglasses, the suit, the dead-serious stare—you think you’re looking at James Bond. And then he opens his mouth and sticks his foot in it, and you realize he’s closer to Leslie Nielsen. I toyed with the idea of a solo Joe Biden novel for years, but it never went anywhere. When the Obama/Biden 'bromance' memes began circulating on the internet during their final months in office, I dusted off the idea of doing a Joe Biden send-up and tweaked it—namely, to add President Obama as the Sherlock to Joe’s Watson.

Was it a challenge to write action scenes for a protagonist who is 75 years old?

Surprisingly not! Joe Biden is in fantastic shape—I had to hobble him with a bum knee just to make things competitive between him and the bad guys.

Do you have a particular favorite Biden-ism that you wrote?

'Pie à la mode. Hold the pie.'

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The New York Times Best Seller

"[Hope Never Dies is] an escapist fantasy that will likely appeal to liberals pining for the previous administration, longing for the Obama-Biden team to emerge from political retirement as action heroes."—Alexandra Alter, New York Times

Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama team up in this high-stakes thriller that combines a mystery worthy of Watson and Holmes with the laugh-out-loud bromantic chemistry of Lethal Weapon’s Murtaugh and Riggs.
 
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, Hope Never Dies is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fiction—and a cathartic read for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.

Review

An Official Summer Read of Publishers Weekly and The Interrobang 
A 2018 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist

“[ Hope Never Dies is] a roughly 300-page work of political fanfiction, an escapist fantasy that will likely appeal to liberals pining for the previous administration, longing for the Obama-Biden team to emerge from political retirement as action heroes. But it’s also at times a surprisingly earnest story about estranged friends who are reunited under strange circumstances.”—Alexandra Alter,  New York Times

“It’s a giddy premise, a bit of Resistance wish-fulfillment for those who’d like to see Biden and Obama trading one-liners and cracking skulls.” New Yorker

“While readers are sure to get a kick out of the codenames and inside jokes used playfully throughout,  Hope Never Dies is an intriguing saga that doesn’t sacrifice momentum for winks and nods.”— Entertainment Weekly
 
“It’s easy to imagine that if these fist-bumping brothers were ever to become a modern Sherlock and Watson, the world might be a better, more interesting place.”— USA Today, ★★★ out of four 
 
“Obama and Biden are the ultimate crime-fighting team in  Hope Never Dies.”— Washington Post
 
“An ambitious and completely successful novel.”— Booklist
 
“Deeply weird and very funny.”— The Wall Street Journal
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“Step aside Holmes and Watson; back off Poirot and Hastings. A new pair of amateur sleuths are hitting town this month: Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”— The Guardian (UK) 
 
“Shaffer has sublimated liberal grief, nostalgia, and fantasy into a sort of allegorical potboiler.”— Slate

“A novel nostalgic for a feel-good moment in US politics—one that now seems far in the past.”—Quartz 
 
Hope Never Dies is the lighthearted antidote for our tense political times, the escapist summer book we all need. Once you read it, you’ll want more.”— Brooklyn Rail
 
“[ Hope Never Dies] is a  fun lark, and the world could use more of that these days.”— Florida Times-Union
 
Hope Never Dies has humor and heart as well as plenty of adventure [and] surprisingly nuanced and tender takes on aging, masculinity, jealousy, and life after eight years in power.”— Santa Fe New Mexican
 
“[An] entertaining, offbeat whodunit...Fans of Carl Hiaasen’s comic crime novels will have fun.”— Publishers Weekly
 
“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
 
“The beats of dialogue, the in-jokes, and the quips...make the book an entertaining light read.”— Lexington Herald-Leader
 
“Probably the most unlikely pair of detectives I have ever seen.”—Rincey Abraham, Book Riot

About the Author

Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books. He lives with his wife, novelist Tiffany Reisz, in Lexington, Kentucky, where he teaches at the non-profit Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. This is his debut mystery.

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The night this all started, I was in a black Irish mood.
     And that was before I learned my friend was dead.
     I was sitting at my computer, and I’d stumbled across one of those so-called paparazzi videos. It opened with a wide shot of Cape Town’s fabled Table Mountain. The camera panned down to the white-capped waves in the harbor. An impossibly long speedboat entered the frame, cutting through the surf like a buttered bullet. A parasailor trailed behind the boat, high in the sky, tethered to the stern by a thin rope. The camera zoomed in on the daredevil’s face, and I saw that my old friend Barack Obama was having the time of his life.
     Unencumbered by his dead-weight loser vice president, 44 was on the vacation to end all vacations. Windsurfing on Richard Branson’s private island. Kayaking with Justin Trudeau. BASE jumping in Hong Kong with Bradley Cooper. Barack wasn’t simply tempting the fates—he was daring them. And why not? If he could survive eight long years as the first black US president, he could survive anything.
     Not that I was worried about him.
     I was done getting all worked up over Barack Obama.
     I forced myself to look away from the computer. I turned to face the dartboard on the back wall of my office. It was an old Christmas gift from my daughter. I’d kept it in storage for many years, but now I finally had some free time on my hands.
     Maybe too much free time.
     “One call,” I said to my faithful companion, Champ. “Is that too much to ask?”
     The dog glanced up with indifference. He’d heard it all before.
     “Just one phone call,” I said.
     With a snap of the wrist, I sent the dart sailing across the room. It hit its mark, right between Bradley Cooper’s piercing blue eyes.
     “Eight years.” I plucked the darts from the shredded magazine cover taped to the board. “And not even a gosh-darned postcard.”
     Barack even had the gall to tell People magazine that we still went golfing together on occasion. To save face, I repeated the lie. The truth was, there hadn’t been any golf outings. No late-night texting. Not even a friendly poke on Facebook.
     I watched the skies for smoke signals; I read the New  York Times, dissecting headlines, looking for clues he might have left me. Nothing. Sometimes late at night, after Jill was sound asleep, I scrolled through the old text messages Barack and I had exchanged a lifetime ago. It was an exercise in futility. If I kept picking at the wound, it was never going to heal.
     In the darkness outside my office window, I glimpsed a tiny flickering light.
     I turned off my desk lamp to get a better look, and there it was again: a pinprick of orange light, like a firefly . . . or a cigarette.
     A prowler? Maybe.
     Only one way to find out.
     “Let’s go, Champ.”
     The dog’s ears perked up. I spun the dial on the small closet safe. There were two things inside: my Medal of Freedom. . . and my SIG Sauer pistol. The bean shooter was a gift I’d bought for myself, in spite of Jill’s objections. “Aren’t your shotguns enough?” she’d asked. “What on earth could you need a handgun for?”
     For times like this, Jill.
     I slipped the pistol into the waistband at the small of my back, then tucked my polo shirt over it.
     I called to my wife, “I’m letting Champ out.” She didn’t answer back. I could hear the TV playing in our bedroom.  Law and Order. I should have been watching with her. Instead I opened the back door.
     As soon as I did, Champ raced across the lawn and tore off into the woods. The motion light over the back porch should have kicked on, but the bulb was burnt out.
     It was an old one, I guess.
     Old bulbs were meant to burn out.
     The moon was full enough to light up the backyard. Our 7,000-square-foot lake house sat on four acres of property. Late at night, it was possible to imagine you were all alone in the world.
     Tonight, however, I wasn’t alone.
     Ahead in the woods was that pinprick of light.
     And now I smelled tobacco, a familiar brand.
     Marlboro Reds.
     Don’t get your hopes up, I told myself. “Hope” is just a  four-letter word.
     I crossed the yard, walking to the spot where Champ had disappeared into the trees. At the edge of the clearing, I spied a vertically challenged man in a dark gray suit and matching tie. He had short, spiky hair, like he’d recently been discharged from the Marines and was letting it grow out. An earpiece wire disappeared into his collar. Secret Service.
     My heart was beating faster than a dog licking a dish.
     My own security detail had been dismissed several weeks earlier. Vice presidents were granted six months of protection following their time in office and not a day more unless there were extenuating circumstances.
     “Nice night for a walk,” I said.
     Secret Service nodded toward the woods, showing me the way. I ducked under a low-hanging branch and kept walking. The heavy foliage overhead diffused the moonlight. I had to tread carefully to avoid the underbrush. The smell of burning tobacco grew stronger. I called for Champ.
     In response, I heard flint striking metal. A lighter, close by.
     I swiveled around. There. To my left, by the big oak. Ten paces away. A man crouched low, scratching Champ behind the ears. German shepherds don’t take to strangers, but this man was no stranger.
     He rose to his feet, a slim figure in his black hand-tailored suit. His white dress shirt was unbuttoned at the neck. He took a long drag off his cigarette and exhaled smoke with leisure. Barack Obama was never in a hurry.

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Lab Lady
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Really fun read with a few problems
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2018
Really 3.5 stars. I had a good time reading this book. It''s a great concept and Shaffer''s taking the bromance memes of Obama/Biden pix and turning them into a mystery series was a brilliant move. The Holmes/Watson or Spock/Kirk or Felix/Oscar component to the pairing just... See more
Really 3.5 stars. I had a good time reading this book. It''s a great concept and Shaffer''s taking the bromance memes of Obama/Biden pix and turning them into a mystery series was a brilliant move. The Holmes/Watson or Spock/Kirk or Felix/Oscar component to the pairing just works. That said, and as enjoyable as I found this read, there was something annoyingly off (for me) about the Biden ''voice''. Maybe too much ''corn'' as in ''hick'' and not enough ''goof''. He is not an uneducated man, though he might not have Obama''s ivy creds (and might be a bit touchy about he gap), but Shaffer depicts him as all emotion with little head. Personally, I think he''s a bit more Columbo than Shaffer realizes. Also, there''s a genuine goodness to Biden that only comes across at fleeting moments here. Still, if Shaffer is taking advice, I''m looking forward to another adventure -- maybe one in which former FLOTUS and SLOTUS (?) join their spouses in sleuthing. And my final peeve -- the only one I can''t get past -- I just can''t buy a characterization of Jill Biden (who was an English major and has an Ed.D. in reading) where she reads Harlequin romances. Did I miss an interview where she confesses this as a guilty pleasure? If so, I apologize to Shaffer --- but if not, it''s part of the patronizing of the Bidens that mars this otherwise fun book.
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Miss Barbara
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It had me giggling like a little girl from page one.
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2018
OK, people are going to have opinions on this book solely because of the characters. It''s too bad because it''s a fun read. It''s like a cozy mystery with a political bent. Biden and Obama team up to figure out how an Amtrak conductor died. Was it suicide by train or a... See more
OK, people are going to have opinions on this book solely because of the characters. It''s too bad because it''s a fun read. It''s like a cozy mystery with a political bent. Biden and Obama team up to figure out how an Amtrak conductor died. Was it suicide by train or a nefarious plot that goes much deeper.

The banter between the two protagonists had me giggling like a little girl all the way through this book. Yes, I was fans when they were in the White House so I already had one foot in the door to accepting this wild and far fetched premise. Bottom line is that this is a well crafted and engaging mystery. In the end that''s what you''re looking for in a good summer read.
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Eric Selby
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It Is Irony and Satire and a Fun Read if You Have a Sense of Humor!
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2018
Okay, let''s not expect this to be a piece of literary fiction. Yes, the book is totally what he claims to be: a mystery written in the formula of so many mystery writers. So for those you have given it a one star, maybe you don''t exactly know what "irony" is when... See more
Okay, let''s not expect this to be a piece of literary fiction. Yes, the book is totally what he claims to be: a mystery written in the formula of so many mystery writers. So for those you have given it a one star, maybe you don''t exactly know what "irony" is when you see it as well as "satire" when you read it. But I do--and this book is very funny, and probably even more so for those who live in and around Wilmington, Delaware, where Joe Biden lives and not far from where I too live (recently so having moved from Miami Beach). The plot is silly because that is exactly what it must be when doing irony. The last thing you expect--here''s the irony!--is for Number Forty-four (Obama) to be Joe Biden''s underling in a detective story. There are wonderful, usually rather subtle, comments related to those eight years when we had a thoughtful President and his sometimes off-script side kick, the VP. So for those of you, like me, would buy the book just for the cover and then have it out in a prominent place--your coffee table maybe--do so. The chapters are, of course, short. And naturally these two guys go down wrong paths. There are car chases--of course there are--and mistaken identities. Well, you know what I mean if you''ve ever read a mystery written to a formula just as some of loved the formula writing of our earliest novel, i.e., Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries.
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Great Escapist Entertainment About Two Very Decent Guys
Reviewed in the United States on July 19, 2018
I was torn between 4 and 5 stars because honestly, this isn''t the best book ever written or even in my top 100. As far as the detective stuff goes the plot is minor and by the numbers. However, this may be the best book ever narrated by a fictional Joe Biden so there''s... See more
I was torn between 4 and 5 stars because honestly, this isn''t the best book ever written or even in my top 100. As far as the detective stuff goes the plot is minor and by the numbers. However, this may be the best book ever narrated by a fictional Joe Biden so there''s that. Also given the times we live in, I really NEEDED to read this book about two totally decent humans, who love each other, and are brave and true and get things done. If Schaffer writes another in the series I''ll probably read it too.
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This is a surprisingly good summer mystery
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2018
This is a surprisingly good summer mystery, well-written with unexpected twists and turns. I enjoyed the banter between the two protagonists, and the way the author "got" their personalities. It''s more thoughtful and serious than I expected for a light-hearted... See more
This is a surprisingly good summer mystery, well-written with unexpected twists and turns. I enjoyed the banter between the two protagonists, and the way the author "got" their personalities. It''s more thoughtful and serious than I expected for a light-hearted romp. I recommend it highly.
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Nicholas Fry
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Fun and a nice break from the headlines. A perfect escape.
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2018
This was a fun read. Shaffer gives us just enough realism about Joe and Barack that the rest of the book doesn''t seem ridiculous and you can willingly suspend disbelief. It''s a fast read and a fun read. Great for a trip, preferably on Amtrak, or something to escape the... See more
This was a fun read. Shaffer gives us just enough realism about Joe and Barack that the rest of the book doesn''t seem ridiculous and you can willingly suspend disbelief. It''s a fast read and a fun read. Great for a trip, preferably on Amtrak, or something to escape the headlines of the real world. I also give him credit for getting most of his railroad technical information correct. Worth a read if you''re looking for a good time.
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One Will Be Enough
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2018
I''ve read that Mr. Shaffer plans to write a series of Obama/Biden mysteries. For me, one will be enough. I''m OK that the concept is absurd, but IMVHO the book isn''t humorous or even interesting. The plot isn''t very interesting, the dialogue (largely expressing Mr.... See more
I''ve read that Mr. Shaffer plans to write a series of Obama/Biden mysteries. For me, one will be enough. I''m OK that the concept is absurd, but IMVHO the book isn''t humorous or even interesting. The plot isn''t very interesting, the dialogue (largely expressing Mr. Biden''s anguish about growing old and that his buddy Barack has moved on to other things, and Mr. Obama''s cool) is stupid, and there''s just very little that''s appealing. At it''s best the book is silly, but nothing more; and the silly part doesn''t validate the rest of the book. Or the money I spent to buy it. Or the time it took to read it.
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A balm to the hearts of fans of the greatest bromance of all time.
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2018
I wish this was really true...that Joe was jealously moping about Barack''s escapades and when they finally reunite, it''s like the puzzle pieces fall neatly into place. If you can suspend reality (there''s no WAY anyone in DE would not recognize Joe) this is a fun bit of... See more
I wish this was really true...that Joe was jealously moping about Barack''s escapades and when they finally reunite, it''s like the puzzle pieces fall neatly into place.
If you can suspend reality (there''s no WAY anyone in DE would not recognize Joe) this is a fun bit of fantasy. I imagine this is a nearly perfect portrayal of the relationship between both Joe and BO AND Joe and Dr. Biden. A little fear, a lot of fan boy and the most ridiculous devotion to both of them. I love how much Delaware touchpoints were included (the train station, the News Journal, his love of Amtrak). True there was some nonsense (cows in North Wilm??) but that could be forgiven, when Capriottis made an appearance.

I can''t wait to read the next installment. Hopefully it till motivate these two to sign a movie deal...or at least a late night show. Hope never dies, babe!
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K E Fellows
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Surprisingly, this is actually a pretty good book!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 2, 2018
I don''t as a rule read "fan fiction", which is what this is. That said, given the general audacity of the premise -- and the fact that it would be starring fictional renditions of two of my favourite humans of the past decade -- I just couldn''t resist. The big news is ......See more
I don''t as a rule read "fan fiction", which is what this is. That said, given the general audacity of the premise -- and the fact that it would be starring fictional renditions of two of my favourite humans of the past decade -- I just couldn''t resist. The big news is ... Hope Never Dies *isn''t* terrible. It''s actually pretty good. Is the story strong enough to stand on its own two feet minus the Biden-Obama detective team? Ummmmm .... probably not. But no one who isn''t already an Obama-Biden fan is going to bother reading it anyway, so the question is beside the point. The story *is* strong enough to keep you reading, there are lots of good quotes (based on previous writings, speeches and interviews from the two protagonists) and there''s plenty of humour as well. In summary: if you are already a fan of this particular dynamic duo (or if you enjoyed the ''Joe...'' memes celebrating the Obama-Biden "bromance" that circulated on social media between the 2016 election and the inauguration) and if you''re looking for a fast-reading, funny, low-stress summer mystery, you''ll probably like this book.
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If only it were true...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 20, 2019
Obama and Biden as private detectives! Hell ya. This story places them at the heart of a whodunit and up there with the great sluthes. Brilliant read that had me gripped. Please please more!
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enjoyable romp.
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enjoyed this but not sure i would want to read this as a series. what will the writer do if biden becomes president!?
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I quite enjoyed this. It feels utterly random to start with, but overall, it''s just a fun read
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Obama & Biden Mysteries
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 17, 2018
A spectacular amount of fun- so much so that I bought a copy each for two of my friends on their birthday shortly after reading!! I hope Shaffer keeps bringing out these political fictions- they’re brilliant!
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Q & A with Andrew Shaffer

Where did the idea for Hope Never Dies come from?

The first time I saw Joe Biden in his Ray-Ban aviators, I thought, 'that guy’s an action hero.' The sunglasses, the suit, the dead-serious stare—you think you’re looking at James Bond. And then he opens his mouth and sticks his foot in it, and you realize he’s closer to Leslie Nielsen. I toyed with the idea of a solo Joe Biden novel for years, but it never went anywhere. When the Obama/Biden 'bromance' memes began circulating on the internet during their final months in office, I dusted off the idea of doing a Joe Biden send-up and tweaked it—namely, to add President Obama as the Sherlock to Joe’s Watson.

Was it a challenge to write action scenes for a protagonist who is 75 years old?

Surprisingly not! Joe Biden is in fantastic shape—I had to hobble him with a bum knee just to make things competitive between him and the bad guys.

Do you have a particular favorite Biden-ism that you wrote?

'Pie à la mode. Hold the pie.'

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The New York Times Best Seller

"[Hope Never Dies is] an escapist fantasy that will likely appeal to liberals pining for the previous administration, longing for the Obama-Biden team to emerge from political retirement as action heroes."—Alexandra Alter, New York Times

Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama team up in this high-stakes thriller that combines a mystery worthy of Watson and Holmes with the laugh-out-loud bromantic chemistry of Lethal Weapon’s Murtaugh and Riggs.
 
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, Hope Never Dies is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fiction—and a cathartic read for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.

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An Official Summer Read of Publishers Weekly and The Interrobang 
A 2018 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist

“[ Hope Never Dies is] a roughly 300-page work of political fanfiction, an escapist fantasy that will likely appeal to liberals pining for the previous administration, longing for the Obama-Biden team to emerge from political retirement as action heroes. But it’s also at times a surprisingly earnest story about estranged friends who are reunited under strange circumstances.”—Alexandra Alter,  New York Times

“It’s a giddy premise, a bit of Resistance wish-fulfillment for those who’d like to see Biden and Obama trading one-liners and cracking skulls.” New Yorker

“While readers are sure to get a kick out of the codenames and inside jokes used playfully throughout,  Hope Never Dies is an intriguing saga that doesn’t sacrifice momentum for winks and nods.”— Entertainment Weekly
 
“It’s easy to imagine that if these fist-bumping brothers were ever to become a modern Sherlock and Watson, the world might be a better, more interesting place.”— USA Today, ★★★ out of four 
 
“Obama and Biden are the ultimate crime-fighting team in  Hope Never Dies.”— Washington Post
 
“An ambitious and completely successful novel.”— Booklist
 
“Deeply weird and very funny.”— The Wall Street Journal
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“Step aside Holmes and Watson; back off Poirot and Hastings. A new pair of amateur sleuths are hitting town this month: Barack Obama and Joe Biden.”— The Guardian (UK) 
 
“Shaffer has sublimated liberal grief, nostalgia, and fantasy into a sort of allegorical potboiler.”— Slate

“A novel nostalgic for a feel-good moment in US politics—one that now seems far in the past.”—Quartz 
 
Hope Never Dies is the lighthearted antidote for our tense political times, the escapist summer book we all need. Once you read it, you’ll want more.”— Brooklyn Rail
 
“[ Hope Never Dies] is a  fun lark, and the world could use more of that these days.”— Florida Times-Union
 
Hope Never Dies has humor and heart as well as plenty of adventure [and] surprisingly nuanced and tender takes on aging, masculinity, jealousy, and life after eight years in power.”— Santa Fe New Mexican
 
“[An] entertaining, offbeat whodunit...Fans of Carl Hiaasen’s comic crime novels will have fun.”— Publishers Weekly
 
“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
 
“The beats of dialogue, the in-jokes, and the quips...make the book an entertaining light read.”— Lexington Herald-Leader
 
“Probably the most unlikely pair of detectives I have ever seen.”—Rincey Abraham, Book Riot

About the Author

Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen books. He lives with his wife, novelist Tiffany Reisz, in Lexington, Kentucky, where he teaches at the non-profit Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. This is his debut mystery.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

The night this all started, I was in a black Irish mood.
     And that was before I learned my friend was dead.
     I was sitting at my computer, and I’d stumbled across one of those so-called paparazzi videos. It opened with a wide shot of Cape Town’s fabled Table Mountain. The camera panned down to the white-capped waves in the harbor. An impossibly long speedboat entered the frame, cutting through the surf like a buttered bullet. A parasailor trailed behind the boat, high in the sky, tethered to the stern by a thin rope. The camera zoomed in on the daredevil’s face, and I saw that my old friend Barack Obama was having the time of his life.
     Unencumbered by his dead-weight loser vice president, 44 was on the vacation to end all vacations. Windsurfing on Richard Branson’s private island. Kayaking with Justin Trudeau. BASE jumping in Hong Kong with Bradley Cooper. Barack wasn’t simply tempting the fates—he was daring them. And why not? If he could survive eight long years as the first black US president, he could survive anything.
     Not that I was worried about him.
     I was done getting all worked up over Barack Obama.
     I forced myself to look away from the computer. I turned to face the dartboard on the back wall of my office. It was an old Christmas gift from my daughter. I’d kept it in storage for many years, but now I finally had some free time on my hands.
     Maybe too much free time.
     “One call,” I said to my faithful companion, Champ. “Is that too much to ask?”
     The dog glanced up with indifference. He’d heard it all before.
     “Just one phone call,” I said.
     With a snap of the wrist, I sent the dart sailing across the room. It hit its mark, right between Bradley Cooper’s piercing blue eyes.
     “Eight years.” I plucked the darts from the shredded magazine cover taped to the board. “And not even a gosh-darned postcard.”
     Barack even had the gall to tell People magazine that we still went golfing together on occasion. To save face, I repeated the lie. The truth was, there hadn’t been any golf outings. No late-night texting. Not even a friendly poke on Facebook.
     I watched the skies for smoke signals; I read the New  York Times, dissecting headlines, looking for clues he might have left me. Nothing. Sometimes late at night, after Jill was sound asleep, I scrolled through the old text messages Barack and I had exchanged a lifetime ago. It was an exercise in futility. If I kept picking at the wound, it was never going to heal.
     In the darkness outside my office window, I glimpsed a tiny flickering light.
     I turned off my desk lamp to get a better look, and there it was again: a pinprick of orange light, like a firefly . . . or a cigarette.
     A prowler? Maybe.
     Only one way to find out.
     “Let’s go, Champ.”
     The dog’s ears perked up. I spun the dial on the small closet safe. There were two things inside: my Medal of Freedom. . . and my SIG Sauer pistol. The bean shooter was a gift I’d bought for myself, in spite of Jill’s objections. “Aren’t your shotguns enough?” she’d asked. “What on earth could you need a handgun for?”
     For times like this, Jill.
     I slipped the pistol into the waistband at the small of my back, then tucked my polo shirt over it.
     I called to my wife, “I’m letting Champ out.” She didn’t answer back. I could hear the TV playing in our bedroom.  Law and Order. I should have been watching with her. Instead I opened the back door.
     As soon as I did, Champ raced across the lawn and tore off into the woods. The motion light over the back porch should have kicked on, but the bulb was burnt out.
     It was an old one, I guess.
     Old bulbs were meant to burn out.
     The moon was full enough to light up the backyard. Our 7,000-square-foot lake house sat on four acres of property. Late at night, it was possible to imagine you were all alone in the world.
     Tonight, however, I wasn’t alone.
     Ahead in the woods was that pinprick of light.
     And now I smelled tobacco, a familiar brand.
     Marlboro Reds.
     Don’t get your hopes up, I told myself. “Hope” is just a  four-letter word.
     I crossed the yard, walking to the spot where Champ had disappeared into the trees. At the edge of the clearing, I spied a vertically challenged man in a dark gray suit and matching tie. He had short, spiky hair, like he’d recently been discharged from the Marines and was letting it grow out. An earpiece wire disappeared into his collar. Secret Service.
     My heart was beating faster than a dog licking a dish.
     My own security detail had been dismissed several weeks earlier. Vice presidents were granted six months of protection following their time in office and not a day more unless there were extenuating circumstances.
     “Nice night for a walk,” I said.
     Secret Service nodded toward the woods, showing me the way. I ducked under a low-hanging branch and kept walking. The heavy foliage overhead diffused the moonlight. I had to tread carefully to avoid the underbrush. The smell of burning tobacco grew stronger. I called for Champ.
     In response, I heard flint striking metal. A lighter, close by.
     I swiveled around. There. To my left, by the big oak. Ten paces away. A man crouched low, scratching Champ behind the ears. German shepherds don’t take to strangers, but this man was no stranger.
     He rose to his feet, a slim figure in his black hand-tailored suit. His white dress shirt was unbuttoned at the neck. He took a long drag off his cigarette and exhaled smoke with leisure. Barack Obama was never in a hurry.

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