#1 New York Times bestselling author Arthur Hailey takes readers into the highest echelons of government as two nations’ leaders prepare for a third world war
A call from the US president to Canada’s prime minister . . . An intimate reception at the Ottawa residence of Her Majesty’s governor general . . . The arrival of a ship in Vancouver. Three seemingly unrelated events three thousand miles apart upset the balance of global power and alter the landscape of the free world. As Canada’s prime minister, James Howden, works to ensure his nation’s survival in a nuclear war, he faces another threat: a lawyer on a crusade for justice and truth. With two nations struggling to keep a lid on an explosive secret, Howden will undergo a crisis of conscience that leaves him fighting for his political life.
At once an electrifying novel of international politics during the Cold War and a cautionary tale about what can happen when men believe they are above the law, In High Places is Arthur Hailey’s personal favorite of all his works.
“As timely as tomorrow’s newspapers.” —Library Journal
“[Hailey] has the natural storyteller’s gift of keeping a reader avidly turning the page.” —The New York Times Book Review
Arthur Hailey (1920–2004), the author of eleven novels, many of which became #1 New York Times bestsellers, was born in Luton, England. He served as a pilot and flight lieutenant in the British Royal Air Force during World War II and immigrated to Canada in 1947. While working for a transportation trade magazine, he scored his first writing success with a television drama, and began to write screenplays full-time for various networks during the golden age of live television. His novel-writing career took off in 1959 with the publication of his first novel, The Final Diagnosis, and picked up velocity with Hotel and then Airport, which spent thirty weeks in the number-one spot on the New York Times bestseller list and became a blockbuster film. Hailey’s novels, many of which have been made into films, television series, and miniseries, have been translated into forty languages. They are notable for their suspenseful storylines and authentic depictions of various industries and commercial settings, which Hailey aggressively and meticulously researched.