It's her first day on the job as the newest White House correspondent for the Associated Press and Lark Chadwick feels she's in way over her head. Unfortunately for Lark, it's an opinion shared by her immediate supervisor - and nemesis - Rochelle Grigsby. But Grigsby's been overruled by the higher-ups at A.P., so she's decided to prove them wrong by tripping up Lark at every turn. Grigsby assigns Lark to the highly-coveted and prestigious frontrow center seat in the briefing room, knowing full well it will provoke a confrontation between Lark and the A.P.s long-time and legendary White House correspondent Stallings Ridgeway. Grigsby's plan works better than expected. The confrontation between Lark and Ridgeway plays out on live television just as newly-elected President Will Gannon enters the briefing room to announce his administration's policy on the commercialization of drones. An embarrassed Lark scuttles in shame to the back of the briefing room. Suddenly Secret Service agents swarm into the room, whisk the president away, and order everyone out of the building and off the White House grounds. Lark's formidable on-deadline reporting skills kick in. As Lark and her boyfriend, A.P. White House photographer Doug Mitchell, are herded out of the briefmg room, Lark calls the national desk at A.P. headquarters in New York to report the evacuation. She's thrust onto the air and is doing live, breaking-news commentary for A.P. Radio when a deafening explosion destroys the briefing room. The president is missing. The first lady's life is in danger. Lark's boyfriend Doug Mitchell goes missing. And, during the next few tense days, it's Lark's job to sort it all out. In Bullet in the Chamber, author, former White House correspondent, and long time CNN editor John DeDakis takes readers behind the scenes of a reporter's deadline-aminute life with a taut and twisty thriller about drones, drugs, and journalism.
About The Author John DeDakis is a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and the author of three novels, Fast Track, Bluff, and Troubled Water - all part of his Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series. During John's nearly 45-year, award winning career in journalism (25 years at CNN), he has been a White House Correspondent and interviewed such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. John edits book-length manuscripts and has taught journalism at The University of Maryland-College Park and American University in Washington D.C. He's also led writing workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad.www.johndedakis.com