Gutsy reporter, Lark Chadwick always seems to find herself at the wrong place at the right time. In Bullet in the Chamber, she is front-row center when the executive mansion’s press briefing room is suddenly attacked. The president is missing, the first lady’s life is at risk, and Lark’s personal life is falling apart when the man she loves disappears. In Bullet in the Chamber, author John DeDakis draws on his own personal pain the sudden death of his twenty-two year-old son Stephen in what promises to be a true page-turner. DeDakis also draws on his forty-five year journalism career. He shows the daily struggles that go on behind the scenes in day-to-day, deadline-a-minute journalism.
Praise for Bullet in the Chamber:
“Bullet in the Chamber manages to capture all of the intensity, grit and breathlessness of covering the presidency in an age of nonstop news and fierce competition. Lark Chadwick stands out as a protagonist who is at once compelling and compulsively true to form. John DeDakis gets inside the head of a modern-day White House journalist who has no idea what’s in store for her when she begins this rollercoaster of a ride.” ~Josh Lederman, Associated Press White House Reporter
“DeDakis kept me turning pages well past two o’clock in the morning. His writing is so real I couldn’t put down Bullet in the Chamber…” ~ Carolyn Presutti, Voice of America (VOA) TV Correspondent
About the Author
John DeDakis is a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer. During John’s 45-year journalism career (25 years at CNN), he has interviewed such notables as legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock, and former presidents Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.
DeDakis, a former White House Correspondent for CBN News during the last three years of Reagan’s presidency, has been an adjunct journalism professor at the University of Maryland – College Park and writing workshop leader at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Bullet in the Chamber is his fourth novel.