Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has teamed up with novelist Louise Penny to write a thriller, State of Terror, to be released this fall.
It’s Clinton’s rare foray into fiction, but not too far off. The story follows a novice Secretary of State who joins the administration of her rival, “a president inaugurated after four years of American leadership who has moved away from the world stage.” According to the editor’s blurb, a series of terrorist attacks throws world order into disarray and the secretary is tasked with assembling a team to unravel a deadly plot. “This high-stakes international intrigue thriller presents a behind-the-scenes global drama illuminated by details only an insider could know.”
The book will be published by Simon & Schuster and St Martin’s Press in the US and UK and worldwide by Pan Macmillan.
The former US senator, first lady and Democratic presidential candidate is said to be a huge fan of mysteries and a friend of Penny’s.
Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, wrote two thrillers with ubiquitous James Patterson. We follow that a president is forced to leave the network after discovering a traitor in his cabinet. In the other, the daughter of a former president is kidnapped.
Hillary Clinton’s most recent previous work includes the memoir Living History and Hard Choices and What Happened – about her surprise loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
Among the novels of Penny, a Canadian writer, are The Cruelest Month and The Brutal Telling.
State of Terror has 320 pages and is due out on October 12.