The Candidate, by Lis Wiehl and Sebastian Stuart

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Lis Wiehl and Sebastian Stuart are back with the second in the Newsmakers series.  

  • A presidential election struck by terror.
  • A candidate, a hero, reliant on his wife.
  • A personal assistant who seems a bit too personal.
  • The top cable news host, on the scene, in the middle of it all.

The ratings are dropping, and stardom is starting to fade since Erica uncovered and stopped a deadly plan in The Newsmakers, the first book in this wonderful series.  That doesn’t last for long whenever this reporter is involved.

Investigative reporter, Erica Sparks, returns in a stunning thriller, The Candidate, just in time for the 2016 presidential election.  Erika is covering the primaries of the race when tragedy strikes.  Once again, she is right there on the scene at the event.  While this time her presence may not have been arranged, it still puts her right in the middle of the biggest story of her career.

One of her fortes is that she looks for the small details, the little things, whenever she is investigating.  The more she looks, the more she questions the authenticity of one of the candidates, along with his wife. Is it the usual campaign angst, or is there something more sinister surrounding them?

While problems with her daughter arise, as well as with her absent fiance, those associated with her—who might provide answers–begin to die.  From the newsroom to the campaign trail, even overseas to the Middle East, Erika will not stop until she knows the truth.  But can she protect her daughter and herself if she continues seeking answers?

You won’t want to miss this suspenseful story.  It is all too realistic, written with the insider knowledge and skill we have come to expect from Ms. Wiehl and  Mr. Stuart.

A dramatic and suspenseful thriller that draws you in immediately.  Manipulation at the highest level–never a good thing–but what if it concerns the entire nation?  The novel will make you consider that and much more.

I’m already looking forward to book three in the series.  I hope it is already underway.  Erica, as an investigative reporter, is a character who can provide an unlimited number of stories for us to puzzle over.  Really enjoyable!
The Newsmakers was a fantastic start to the series.  You can read our review of the Newsmakers here.


Merry Citarella, often writing as Merrci, writes on a wide range of topics. Recently relocated to the Oregon Coast in the northwest United States, she frequently writes travel features on the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She specializes in health and aging, Alzheimer’s Disease, food, lifestyle, and book reviews. For more information you can see her on The Writers’Door. You can read more articles here or at her websites Alzheimers HQ and Simple Living Ideas

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