Hillary Clinton is co-writing a thriller with award-winning author Louise Penny.
The novel is described as an “international political thriller” which follows the secretary of state as they join the administration of “a president inaugurated after four years of American leadership that shrank from the world stage”.
As terrorist attacks create chaos, “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.”
Clinton describes writing with her friend Penny as “a dream come true”.
“I’ve relished every one of her books and characters as well as her friendship. Now we’re joining our experiences to explore the complex world of high stakes diplomacy and treachery. All is not as it first appears,” she said.
Penny is best known for her thriller novels involving the character of chief inspector Armand Gamache. She and Clinton have been friends since 2016 after Penny received a heartfelt letter from Hillary after the death of her husband.
“It was an act of selflessness, of generosity, of kindness I’ll never forget,” she said. “And that does inspire me every day to try to be as kind to others as you’ve been to me.”
Clinton remains a big fan of her work, saying she loved Penny’s debut novel Still Life “because I fell in love with the characters. And that just continued, and since she has produced a book year by year, I felt like I was living with all of these characters.”