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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Candidate Conspiracy - Odam

     The Candidate Conspiracy: A Novel by John W. Odam. NY: iUniverse, 2008.  paperback, 280 pages, ISBN 978-0-595-46873-7,  $17.95.


Yazkov is slick with two quick murders near the border and two disguises in Austin.  Jennifer Spencer fund-raises for a U.S. Senate candidate and suspects foul play.  The current Senator is also running for president.  Is the money being funneled to the opponent?  Can Texas politics be so corrupt?  Juan Falcon, Texas Ranger, is drawn into this international conspiracy set in Texas, Russia, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Austria, Switzerland, and campaign stops across Texas, most in Houston and Austin.  The criminals have company, the Colombian drug cartel, nefarious gun dealers and lobbyists, and others involved in Operation Tejano. The Russian mafia targets Jennifer for elimination.


Odam is a long-experienced Houston attorney and former candidate for Attorney General.  He draws from his life-experiences and conjecture to characterize the people and the unusual possibilities of the Texas scene.  Well developed female characters.  An interesting and fast-paced story for a Sunday afternoon garnished with guacamole and a cinnamon-spiced fruit medley. 


Odom speaks at

Houston Press interview

Texas Lawyer review


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