One of our recommended books for 2019 is Hope Rides Again by Andrew Shaffer

HOPE RIDES AGAIN

An Obama Biden Mystery


Obama and Biden reprise their roles as BFFs— turned-detectives as they chase Obama’s stolen cell phone through the streets of Chicago—and right into a vast conspiracy.

Following a long but successful book tour, Joe Biden has one more stop before he can return home: Chicago. His old pal Barack Obama has invited him to meet a wealthy benefactor whose endorsement could turn the tide for Joe if he decides to run for president.

The two friends barely have time to catch up before another mystery lands in their laps: Obama’s prized Blackberry is stolen. When their number-one suspect winds up full of lead on the South Side,

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Obama and Biden reprise their roles as BFFs— turned-detectives as they chase Obama’s stolen cell phone through the streets of Chicago—and right into a vast conspiracy.

Following a long but successful book tour, Joe Biden has one more stop before he can return home: Chicago. His old pal Barack Obama has invited him to meet a wealthy benefactor whose endorsement could turn the tide for Joe if he decides to run for president.

The two friends barely have time to catch up before another mystery lands in their laps: Obama’s prized Blackberry is stolen. When their number-one suspect winds up full of lead on the South Side, the police are content to write it off as just another gangland shooting. But Joe and Obama smell a rat …

Set against the backdrop of a raucous city on St. Patrick’s Day, Joe and Obama race to find the shooter, only to uncover a vast conspiracy that goes deeper than the waters of Lake Michigan—which is exactly where they’ll spend the rest of their retirement if they’re not careful.

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  • Quirk Books
  • Paperback
  • July 2019
  • 288 Pages
  • 9781683691228

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About Andrew Shaffer

Andrew Shaffer is the New York Times best-selling author of more than a dozen books, including the national best seller Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tiffany Reisz, in Kentucky.

Praise

“The game is afoot for Joe and Barry. This is fun, escapist fiction with enough details …to stay grounded in a kind of reality.” —Booklist 

“Once again, Shaffer convincingly portrays his unusual leads as action heroes.” —Publishers Weekly 

“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 on Hope Never Dies

Discussion Questions

1. Why do you think that the fondness for Barack Obama and Joe Biden’s “bromance” has persisted after their tenure in office?

2. Do you feel that Obama and Biden’s voices were authentic to the men themselves? Why or why not?

3. What moments made you laugh?

4. What crime fighting duos from literature and pop culture do you think Obama and Biden best emulate?

5. Why do you think the author chose Chicago’s gun violence crisis as the framing for this mystery?

6. What can our government officials learn from Obama and Biden’s friendship?

7. Did you feel that this book was an escape from the current political climate?

8. Do you think that seeing elected officials portrayed as larger-than-life heroes could inspire readers to get more involved in politics?

9. What other political pairs would you like to see team up to solve a mystery?

10. There are quite a few famous cameos in Hope Rides Again. Which one was your favorite and why?