Synopses & Reviews
This mystery thriller reunites Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama for a political mashup full of suspense, intrigue, and laugh out loud bromance.
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 novel, 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.
“Shaffer has sublimated liberal grief, nostalgia, and fantasy into a sort of allegorical potboiler.” Slate
“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 code names and inside jokes used playfully throughout, Hope Never Dies is an intriguing saga that doesn’t sacrifice momentum for winks and nods.” Entertainment Weekly
“[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
About the Author
Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times best-selling author of the satirical thriller The Day of the Donald: Trump Trumps America (Crooked Lane Books) and the Goodreads Choice semi-finalist Fifty Shames of Earl Grey: A Parody (Da Capo Press/Hachette Books), amongst other humorous fiction and nonfiction books for HarperCollins and Penguin Random House. Subsidiary rights for his books have been sold to Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Turkey, France, Italy, and the Czech Republic. His next book, Ain't Got Time to Bleed: Realistic Medical Reports on Hollywood's Greatest Action Heroes, will be released in October 2017 from Insight Editions/Simon & Schuster. He has appeared as a guest on FOX News, CBS, and NPR, and has been published in McSweeney's, Mental Floss, Inc., and Maxim. Shaffer attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop for a summer semester and studied comedy writing at Chicago's The Second City. An Iowa native, Shaffer lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife, novelist Tiffany Reisz.