A TV personality who is a familiar face in cable news confirmed plans for his first novel. The AP reports that “The Hellfire Club,” from Jake Tapper, is due to be published in summer 2018.
Tapper is CNN’s chief Washington correspondent and anchors the news channel’s “The Lead” and “State of the Union.” He has previously written non-fiction books.
According to Tapper’s publisher Little, Brown and Company, “The Hellfire Club” is set in Washington, D.C., in 1954 and focuses on Rep. Charles Marder, a young congressman from New York, and his wife, Margaret, a zoologist.
“Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of secret deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history,” the publisher said.
In a statement, Tapper said the book will include a number of historical figures, such as President Dwight Eisenhower, Sen. Joe McCarthy and then-Vice President Richard Nixon.
Said Tapper: “Being able to combine Washington intrigue with this fascinating time period and the larger-than-life characters who come with it — the Kennedys, McCarthy, Nixon, Ike — has been a thrill.”
Tapper’s previous books include “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” a well-received account of the war in Afghanistan, and “Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency,” about the 2000 presidential election.