The Washington decree

a novel

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Jussi Adler-Olsen: The Washington decree (2018)

569 pages

English language

Published Jan. 2, 2018

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Sixteen years before Democratic Senator Bruce Jansen was elected president of the United States, a PR stunt brought together five very different people: fourteen-year-old Dorothy "Doggie" Rogers, small-town sheriff T. Perkins, single mother Rosalie Lee, well-known journalist John Bugatti, and the teenage son of one of Jansen's employees, Wesley Barefoot. In spite of their differences, the five remain bonded by their shared experience and devotion to their candidate. For Doggie, who worked the campaign trail with Wesley, Jansen's election is a personal victory: a job in the White House, proof to her Republican father that she was right to support Jansen, and the rise of an intelligent, clear-headed leader with her own ideals. But the triumph is short-lived: Jansen's pregnant wife is assassinated on election night, and the alleged mastermind behind the shooting is none other than Doggie's own father. When Jansen ascends to the White House, he is a …

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3 stars

I picked this up, because the scenario sounded grand and I love me a good conspiracy thriller. Overall I enjoyed the book, although it definitely isn't perfect. The editing could've been tighter, like other reviewers I think the book could be about a third shorter. There are other flaws as well, but it's still an enjoyable read. I read the German translation, so I can't speak about American v. British English problems. Recommended if you like conspiracies on a grand scale.


  • Politics and government
  • Fiction


  • United States