In Jake Tapper's First Novel, a Mysterious Car Accident

CNN anchor's first work of fiction is due out in 2018
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 13, 2017 2:40 PM CST
In Jake Tapper's First Novel, a Mysterious Car Accident
In this June 2016 file photo, CNN news anchor Jake Tapper attends the Museum of the Moving Image's 2016 Industry Tribute in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Jake Tapper is working on a book that you could call fake news: It's his debut novel. The CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent has a thriller scheduled to come out in the summer of 2018, Little, Brown and Company told the AP on Monday. The novel is called The Hellfire Club and is set in Washington, DC, in 1954.

The story centers on a young congressman from New York, his zoologist wife, and the mysterious car accident that takes them to an "underworld of secret deals" and "secret societies." Tapper said in a statement that his book would feature such historical figures as President Dwight Eisenhower, Sen. Joe McCarthy, and then-Vice President Richard Nixon. His previous books include the nonfiction works The Outpost and Down & Dirty. (Tapper also made his Saturday Night Live debut over the weekend.)

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