First Lady

The First Lady by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois

Blog by Ian Thirkettle

I have just finished reading ‘The First Lady’ by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois. This was a typical Patterson rollercoaster that drew me in, got me hooked and kept me until the end.

It won’t win a Booker or Pulitzer Prize, but, hey, I enjoyed the read. And isn’t that more important.

President Tucker is caught ‘hiking the Appalachian trail’ to use an American euphemism.  This puts his re-election campaign in peril and he really needs the First Lady to stand by him.  But Grace Tucker has other ideas…

The First Lady goes missing and Agent Sally Grissom, who has her own marital problems, is assigned to find her. With thrills and tension ensuing.

The plot races along at a fair gallop. I think all the character are particularly strong.  There are some similarities to Patterson’s book ‘The President is missing’ which was written with Bill Clinton. (Which I would also recommend)

The First Lady - photo by Juliamaud
The First Lady – photo by Juliamaud

The Plot

President Tucker is caught leaving a hotel with his mistress…..and the scandal of his affair sends shockwaves through his re-election campaign. What he needs is for the First Lady to stand by his side. But FLOTUS, his wife, has gone missing.

Did the First Lady run away? Or is she in far greater danger than anyone could have imagined?

It’s up to Sally Grisson, the secret agent charged with finding the first lady, to get to her before something awful happens to her.

The First Lady: One secret can bring down a government is available from City Adventurers Solve The Murder

Also available from Amazon at


Having also read this book, I was struck by the sudden plot twists that leapt off the page and made you keep reading to check what was going on. Recommended.

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