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THE INSTANT NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“One of the more surprising double-reverse plot twists...in some time.” —The New York Times

In this “propulsive, page-turning, compelling, fragmentation grenade of a debut thriller” (C.J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author), a deadly plot against the president’s life emerges from the shadows of the Deep State.

Recently elected President Richard Monroe—populist, controversial, and divisive—is at the center of an increasingly polarized Washington, DC. Never has the partisan drama been so tense or the paranoia so rampant. In the midst of contentious political turf wars, the White House chief of staff is found dead in his house and West Wing intern and ex-Army grunt Hayley Chill is positive that it’s not from natural causes.

Determined to find the truth, Hayley uncovers shocking evidence that a wide-ranging conspiracy is running beneath the surface of DC in an effort to undermine the rule of law—and democracy itself. Soon, Hayley is in a race against time to reveal the truth and save the life of the next victim: the president.

Deep State rings eerily true [and] will keep you turning pages well into the night” (Jack Carr, former Navy SEAL and author of The Terminal List).

About The Author

Photograph by Lauren Ehrenfeld

Chris Hauty is a screenwriter based in Los Angeles and the author of Deep State and Savage Road. He has worked at all the major movie studios, in nearly every genre of film, with credits including Never Back Down and Sniper: Homeland Security. He currently lives in Glendale, California.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books (January 7, 2020)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781982126605

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Raves and Reviews

"The bodies pile up, as do the wry asides about what is and what is not good for the country. Hayley Chill is one of those preternaturally talented solo operatives skilled in every endeavor, from her physical stamina to her administrative competence to her Jason Bourne-like cool in the face of near-death experiences. She also figures in one of the more surprising double-reverse plot twists I have seen in some time."

– The New York Times Book Review

"The plot of Chris Hauty’s DEEP STATE rings eerily true in a novel that will keep you turning the pages well into the night. Be warned, you might not look at newspaper headlines the same way come morning. In a country with a government of the people, by the people and for the people, is the DEEP STATE really pulling the strings?"

– Jack Carr, former Navy SEAL and critically acclaimed author of THE TERMINAL LIST and TRUE BELIEVER

"Hauty provides a fresh twist on the American patriot. Hayley Chill has what it takes to carve out her place in today’s thriller scene. She’s shrewd, fierce, and always lands the blow that puts her on top."

– Kyle Mills, #1 New York Times bestselling author of RED WAR and LETHAL AGENT

“Jarring…intriguing…the ending seems pulled directly from a movie.”   

– Booklist

"DEEP STATE is a modern-day whodunnit set in the political morass that is current Washington, DC. Riveting and engrossing with an atypical protagonist, it keeps you guessing until the final pages are turned. Chris Hauty has just placed a marker in the world of political thrillers."

– Matthew Betley, acclaimed author of RULES OF WAR

"Engrossing . . . kick-ass."

– Publishers Weekly

"An edge-of-your-seat thriller novel you'll want to read in 2020."

– Bookriot

"Screenwriter Chris Hauty’s talents are on full display in his terrific debut, Deep State, a crackling and perfectly timed political thriller... all the ingredients of a Brad Meltzer or David Baldacci-like sizzler of a story."

– Providence Journal

"A crackling and perfectly timed political thriller."

– Book Trib

"DEEP STATE is a compelling page-turner with an unpredictable last-minute twist that will knock you off your feet."

– Library Journal

"With his super-charged plot and a perfectly-timed, mind-bending twist, Chris Hauty becomes the latest writer to take the thriller world by storm . . . DEEP STATE will compete for best debut novel of 2020 and have readers dying for the anticipated follow-up."

– The Real Book Spy

"This one will require reading in one sitting."

– Lima Charlie Reviews

"DEEP STATE is a perfect political thriller for our times."

– CrimeReads, Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020

"DEEP STATE lets readers think they know what's going on, right up until a jaw-dropping finale...magnificently crafted thriller."

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