Hope Rides Again: An Obama Biden Mystery (Obama Biden Mysteries #2) (Paperback)

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In this sequel to Shaffer's first mystery novel featuring former President Obama and Vice President Biden, old "Uncle Joe" Biden himself tells us the story, and once he sets out to get justice, he just can't stop himself. "I was on a roll like honey drizzle." He says things like that a lot, dated puns and snarky political references. He's been invited to Chicago for a day by the Obamas to meet an activist rapper who could help if Biden ever decides to make his run for President. When Barack's Blackberry disappears from the Tribune Tower meeting site, and it seems connected to the shooting of a young community leader who works with the Obamas, Uncle Joe is off and running! There are serious elements to the mystery, of political corruption and gun violence, but this book is really about the fun: Chicago with a green river over the St. Paddy's Day weekend, the reluctant friendship between the Bidens and Obamas that feels a lot like family, Biden's homespun humor and sincere do-gooder flair. Go ahead and take a few days off from our political insanity. Get a nostalgic chuckle with one or both of Shaffer's books.   

— From Tim's Staff Recommendations

Description


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.

About the Author


Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including the national best seller Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tiffany Reisz, in Kentucky.

Praise For…


“Enjoyably ludicrous.”—Politico

“If you're pining for the previous administration and craving an escapist summer read, Andrew Shaffer has the cure for what ails you.”—Los Angeles Times

“This spirited, cheeky tale is everything you want from the Obama Biden Mystery series.”—B&N Reads

“Sequels are often notoriously disappointing. How lucky, then, that Hope Rides Again isn't.”—The Anniston Star

“If you're looking for something enjoyable and slight out there, this is definitely a book to try.”—Yakima Herald-Republic

“Many of the politically aware may soon have nostalgic fondness for humor like this.”—LEO Weekly

"The game is afoot for Joe and Barry. This is fun, escapist fiction with enough details...to stay grounded in a kind of reality."—Booklist

"Once again, Shaffer convincingly portrays his unusual leads as action heroes."—Publishers Weekly

“Another action-packed mystery rife with close calls.”Shelf Awareness for Readers

“If you want to take a break from the nonstop coverage of all the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, including Joe Biden, let us recommend a crime thriller that stars...Joe Biden.”—Clearing Out the Clutter

Praise for Hope Never Dies:
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
Product Details
ISBN: 9781683691228
ISBN-10: 1683691229
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: July 9th, 2019
Pages: 288
Series: Obama Biden Mysteries