Shall We Tell the President?

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First edition (publ. Jonathan Cape)

Shall We Tell the President? is a 1977 novel by English author Jeffrey Archer. A revised edition was published in 1986.

In the first edition, a plot to kill the President of the United States, Edward Kennedy, is foiled by a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent working with the head of the FBI. A love story complicates the plot. The book includes descriptive details of official Washington, for which the author lists sources.

After the success of Kane and Abel and The Prodigal Daughter, in the revised edition Archer replaced Kennedy with the fictional character of Florentyna Kane, and original Vice President Dale Bumpers with the real-life Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey. The author makes frequent references to William Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar.

Suspected senators[edit]

Some United States Senators, both real-life and fictional Democrats and Republicans, were suspected as a part of plot to kill the president, many of them just because they were present in D.C. at a certain time.


  • Ralph Brooks (D-IL), enemy of President Kane
  • Marvin Thornton (D-MA)
  • Robert Duncan (later Harrison) (R-SC)
  • Henry Dexter (R-CT), father of Mark's girlfriend, Dr. Elizabeth Dexter
  • Amit Ranjan (D-DE)


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