Finished Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“This mystery thriller reunites Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama for a political mashup full of suspense, intrigue, and laugh out loud bromance.
Vice President Joe Biden is fresh out of the Obama White House and feeling adrift when his favorite railroad conductor dies in a suspicious accident, leaving behind an ailing wife and a trail of clues. To unravel the mystery, “Amtrak Joe” re-teams with the only man he’s ever fully trusted—the 44th president of the United States. Together they’ll plumb the darkest corners of Delaware, traveling from cheap motels to biker bars and beyond, as they uncover the sinister forces advancing America’s opioid epidemic.
Part noir thriller and part bromance novel, Hope Never Dies is essentially the first published work of Obama/Biden fanfiction—and a cathartic read for anyone distressed by the current state of affairs.”
This is not the best book you’ll read this year, but there’s a really good chance it’ll be the most fun. It’s a complete delight and I’m pretty sure I had a goofy grin on my face the whole time I read it.
This book is incredibly campy (as naturally it would be) and I can almost guarantee you’ll laugh out loud multiple times.
I hope this becomes a series. I would love to spend more time with Amtrak Joe. (NOTE: We spend a lot more time with him than we do with Barack Obama. He’s definitely in there a not-small chunk of time, but Joe Biden is the narrator. So if you actively dislike Joe Biden—which I don’t see how, but whatever—be aware that he is in 100% of this book.)