“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
If anyone knows about murder mysteries, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Now, the former first lady, senator, secretary of state, and failed two-time presidential hopeful will add another job title to her resume: mystery novelist.
Clinton announced that she’s co-writing a novel called State of Terror with the author of the best-selling Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mystery series, Louise Penny.
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“When it was suggested my friend Hillary and I write a political thriller together, I could not say yes fast enough,” said Penny.
It’s definitely a bad idea to say no to a Clinton.
The book could have been called Hillary Saves the Universe.
“A novice Secretary of State joins the administration of her rival, a president inaugurated after four years of American leadership that shrank from the world stage,” according to a Simon & Schuster press release about the book. “A series of terrorist attacks throws the global order into disarray, and the Secretary is tasked with assembling a team to unravel the deadly conspiracy, a scheme carefully designed to take advantage of an American government dangerously out of touch and out of power in the places where it counts the most.”
Hillary has to resort to writing—or being listed as the writer—of novels because, even in a Democratic administration, she’s politically irrelevant.
Shortly after last November’s election, The Washington Post reported that a cushy post for Hillary in Joe Biden’s administration was “being discussed”—but nothing ever happened.
Since Biden wouldn’t give Clinton her revenge, she’s decided to live in a fantasy world.
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The book’s publishers have cranked up the hype in hopes readers will plunk down the $30 cover price when the 320-page book is released this October.
“When an ingenious novelist goes to work with one of the world’s most knowledgeable leaders, the results are kinetic,” said the CEOs of Simon & Schuster and Macmillan Trade Publishers.
Hillary Clinton also tried to pump up interest in her new book on Twitter: “I’m thrilled to be writing my first book of fiction with Louise Penny, one of my favorite authors and a dear friend,” she wrote. “Get ready for some high-stakes diplomacy and treachery.”
I'm thrilled to be writing my first book of fiction with Louise Penny, one of my favorite authors and a dear friend. Get ready for some high-stakes diplomacy and treachery. https://t.co/f7yybDWjqz pic.twitter.com/St4BNwgBK0
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 23, 2021
Even on the heavily-censored social media forum, backlash came fast and furious.
“’State of Terror’? Is is written from the perspective of one of your staffers?” wrote Jack Posobiec.
Joey Bayer wrote, “Everything you say, write or insinuate is fiction.”
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Another user tweeted, “I hope it’s about a loser who claims he’s a winner and then finds out the only thing he’s won is a life term in prison.”
Yet another said, “Hillary has had a lot of success with FICTION,” including her stories about Benghazi and “her RussiaGate SPY FICTION.”
Hillary has had a lot of success with FICTION
Just look at her Benghazi story — WAR FICTION
Not one, but SEVERAL alternate ending
pick the one you like
Then there was her RussiaGate SPY FICTION
A master of intrigue & cyberwar#HILLARY: truly an "incredible" imagination
— David Knight (@libertytarian) February 23, 2021
This is the latest sweetheart deal for the Clintons, who have looked to books and movies as a cash cow ever since she lost the 2016 presidential election and donations to the Clinton Foundation dried up.
The former secretary of state has written—or been credited as the author of—seven other books for Simon & Schuster…but her lousy sales have cost the company a bundle.
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The publishers reportedly never recovered the $14 million advance they paid Hillary for her 2014 book, Hard Choices.
“Sales were well below expectations and the media was a disaster,” a publishing industry official told the media, calling it a “bomb.”
Worse yet, it followed an $8 million advance the publishers shelled out for her first book, Living History.
That’s not quite as much cash as Knopf Publishing gave President Bill Clinton for his memoir, My Life. Knopf never made back the $15 million—the biggest advance in publishing history to that time—that it paid for his 1,008-page tome.
But the Clinton crime family just keep wetting their beaks in everything they could.
Hillary Clinton got credited as an “executive producer” on a 2018 made-for-TV deal about women’s suffrage, alongside Steven Spielberg.
Hulu has optioned a miniseries based on Curtis Sittenfeld’s novel Rodham, imagining what the world would be like if Hillary never met Bill. The online streaming service has already broadcast a miniseries about her 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary, last March.
Bill Clinton, “co-wrote” a 2018 political thriller with bestselling author James Patterson titled The President is Missing.
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The novel sold well—but the PR tour turned into a circus, with Bill Clinton facing fresh charges of sexually harassing Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office.
Still, Bill and Patterson have a second book, called The President’s Daughter, coming out in June.
All of these sweet paydays have a few things in common: They’re huge, they’re consistent, and they rely on somebody more talented and famous to do all the Clintons’ dirty work.
But it’s not clear anyone wants to hear from anyone in the Clinton family, ever again.
Now, if Hillary would publish a book about the mysterious deaths of Clinton associates from Vince Foster to Jeffrey Epstein, that would be a book worth reading.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”