Charlotte Kramer, America’s first female president, is beginning her second term and is determined to make her mark on history though events do seem to be conspiring against her. Melanie Kingston, her best friend, just signed on as secretary of defense. Will their relationship survive? Dale Smith is the senior communications advisor to the vice president and knows a secret that could not only ruin her own career, but put the credibility of the White House on the line. Tara Meyers is the most popular vice president in recent history, but does her public image match her private life?
When a classified terror threat is made public, all the weaknesses of this presidency are laid bare – and with the country’s safety at stake, someone in the White House isn’t taking any chances.
From the bestselling author of Eighteen Acres comes a novel with a true insider’s look at the lives of Washington’s political elite. It’s Classified reveals the intrigue and drama that go on behind the closed doors of the White House and opens up a world few have access to.
“Wallace’s second novel, ‘It’s Classified,’…has many virtues. It moves along smartly and suspensefully, with insightful glimpses of White House life…The book is at its best near its end, when the president and her aides struggle with an investigation they consider entirely partisan…Wallace gives her story an inspired ending when one character emerges from the bloodletting as a master of duplicity — a cunning and dangerous new White House power broker. It’s a gloriously cynical climax to an entertaining tale, and by itself could justify another book about Charlotte Kramer’s troubled White House. Wallace’s first two novels have been impressive, but if she has finally exorcised Tara/Sarah’s demonic spirit, she might go on to write an even better one. ” Read More
–Patrick Anderson, Washington Post
“A year after her acclaimed debut novel, ‘Eighteen Acres’, Wallace offers an exciting sequel. As a former White House communications director under President George W. Bush, the author is particularly qualified to provide an insider’s view of the daily power struggles, maneuverings, and machinations inherent to Washington politics… Wallace depicts how the pressures of high public office can take a toll on mental health, contribute to the breakdown of relationships, and threaten a government administration. VERDICT Essential reading for all political fiction junkies but especially for those who enjoyed Wallace’s first novel.”
–Sheila Riley, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, DC
“…it’s a great stand-alone story that gives readers enough background to be up to snuff from the outset. And, with its subtle ending, Wallace could easily add another novel. Wallace’s experience as a political strategist, political analyst and White House communications director under President George W. Bush allows her to present to readers the workings of the White House as only a former insider could.” Read More
–Phyllis Bennett, The Oklahoman
“Like the first novel, this one is a page-turner, a fast read that provides a peek into what it’s like to live in the White House…the book’s characters are likeable and believable…Overall, It’s Classified is an entertaining if brief break from the real-life world of presidential elections and Washington politics as usual.” Read More
–Catherine Mallette, Dallas-Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
“Nicolle is a remarkably talented writer, and in her books about the first woman to serve as the President of the United States, she peels back the curtain of what it’s really like to work inside the White House. While some people might think the stories could never happen, the details she provides–such as the back and forth with the White House press corps, dreading picking up the phone when you know it’s an investigative reporter with what they think is a scoop, and even what’s best to order from the White House Mess–give her books a leg up on anything I’ve read before in this genre.” Read More
–Dana Perino, Amazon Guest Review
“The cast of characters from Eighteen Acres returns to keep the plot boiling in this fast-paced, behind-the-scenes political drama.” Read More
–Vanessa Bush, Booklist Review
“Though Wallace penned ‘It’s Classified’ as a sequel, it’s a great stand-alone story that gives readers enough background to be up to snuff from the outset. And, with its subtle ending, Wallace could easily add another novel.” Read More
–Phyllis Bennett, Newsok Review
“I would highly recommend this book who enjoys a strong line of female characters and a great storyline with superb writing.” Read More
–Tales of a Book Addict Review
“Nicolle Wallace is expanding on her well-publicized feud with Sarah Palin…with the publication of her second novel, ‘It’s Classified’.” Read More
–Rick Klein, ABC News
“Really good.” Read More
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