Air Force One crashes on New Year's eve. The First Lady is killed; The President is rushed to the hospital, critically injured. Three months later he's able to have his first visitor. When his son Tom walks into the hospital room the real nightmare begins, because Tom knows instantly, as only a son could know it, that the man sitting up in bed smiling at him is not his father. Someone has replaced the President of the United States with an impostor. He's staring at the evidence of a deadly conspiracy and now, without giving himself away, he must find the connections between an unpublished newspaper article, a thirty-year old fixed basketball game a Police Chief's death-bed confession. His only allies -- his girlfriend, Amy, and a half-crazed Vietnam vet with a bad case of survivor guilt. The struggle comes to a climax on Nantucket Island, during the Daffodil Day celebration, as Tom stakes everything on his desperate plan to kill the impostor. Is Tom actually crazy? Only Amy knows for sure, and in the final moments, in a quiet office in the eye of the storm of violence Tom has created, she will hold the fate of the country in her hands. From the board rooms where mobsters cut deals with politicians to the top security mental hospitals where radicals are "cured" of subversive tendencies; from the horror of a first killing to the joys of a first romance, this is a novel about our modern American devils and the deals we make with them; but more importantly it's about the imperishable ties of love and family that hold us together and redeem our lives.
Used availability for Steven Axelrod's Paranoid
November 2000 : USA Hardback
September 2001 : USA Paperback
November 2000 : USA Paperback