Hard as this might be to believe, when I set out to compose a column for Kirkus Reviews about the many appearances of Theodore Roosevelt in mystery and thriller fiction, I believed it would be a simple, straightforward venture. I didn’t know that I would spend most of last weekend on the task! Fortunately, I can say I’m pretty well satisfied with the results.
The piece focuses initially on Louis Bayard’s new historical thriller, Roosevelt’s Beast. It then recalls some older works (by William L. DeAndrea, Caleb Carr, and others) in which “TR”--the onetime rancher, ex-police commissioner, former governor and president, and persistent naturalist/author/adventurer--has appeared. You’ll find my full Kirkus column here.