Absolute Power (novel)

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Absolute Power
David Baldacci - Absolute Power.jpeg
Author David Baldacci
Country United States
Language English
Genre Crime novel
Publisher Warner Books
Publication date
November 1, 1996
Media type Print (Hardback and Paperback)
Pages 505 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 978-0-446-60358-4 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC 35813980

Absolute Power is a 1996 book by David Baldacci, which was made into a 1997 film starring Clint Eastwood.

Plot summary[edit]

An experienced burglar, Luther Whitney, breaks into a billionaire's house with the intent of robbing it. While there, he witnesses the President of the United States and the billionaire's wife having sex. However, their lovemaking turns violent and Secret Service agents burst in and kill the woman, which Whitney also sees. The reason Whitney was able to witness the murder was because he was behind a large one-way mirror that was a secret door into a large closet where the billionaire would sit and watch when his wife had sex with another man. Whitney escapes, but not before the Secret Service learns of his presence; they blame the wife's murder on Whitney. Whitney goes on the run from the President's agents while a detective tries to piece together the crime.


Luther Whitney[edit]

Whitney is a professional burglar who got caught three times. He personally witnessed the incident mentioned in the Plot Summary and ran for his life but later came back and endeavored to bring the real criminal to justice.

Kate Whitney[edit]

Kate is Luther's only daughter. Luther had been in jail during Kate's childhood which led to Kate being harsh on criminals, especially thieves and burglars. The police later used Kate to get to Luther which changed her outlook on her father and her own life.

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