The Jefferson Key

The Jefferson Key

By Steve Berry

Ballantine Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780345505521, 577pp.

Publication Date: December 27, 2011


Four presidents of the United States have been assassinated in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 each murder seemingly unrelated. But what if those presidents were all killed for the shocking same reason: a clause contained in the United States Constitution? This is the question faced by former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone. When President Danny Daniels is nearly killed in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the murder only to find himself at odds with the Commonwealth, a secret society of pirates first assembled during the American Revolution. Racing across the nation and taking to the high seas, Malone and Cassiopeia Vitt must break a secret cipher originally possessed by Thomas Jefferson, unravel a mystery concocted by Andrew Jackson, and unearth a document forged by the Founding Fathers themselves one powerful enough to make the Commonwealth unstoppable.
Don t miss Steve Berry's short story The Devil's Gold and a sneak peek of his new novel, "The Columbus Affair, "in the back of the book.

About the Author
Steve Berry is the "New York Times" and #1 internationally bestselling author of "The Patriot Threat", "The Lincoln Myth", "The King s Deception", "The Columbus Affair", "The Jefferson Key", "The Emperor s Tomb", "The Paris Vendetta", "The Charlemagne Pursuit", "The Venetian Betrayal", "The Alexandria Link", "The Templar Legacy", "The Third Secret", "The Romanov Prophecy", and "The Amber Room". His books have been translated into forty languages with 19,000,000 copies in fifty-one countries. For more information, visit

Praise For The Jefferson Key

“One of the most spellbinding and ingenious openings in all of thrillerdom.”—David Baldacci

“A superbly paced novel of mystery and adventure . . . [Berry’s] love of history resonates throughout this lively and imaginative tale.”—The Denver Post
The Jefferson Key is Steve Berry at his very best. . . . This book will raise his reputation to a whole new level.”—The Huffington Post
“Ingeniously plotted . . . Berry offers plenty of twists and vivid action scenes in a feast of historical imagination.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Fast and furious.”—Booklist
The Jefferson Key starts with a bang and holds the reader in its grip until the last page: fascinating American history, up-to-the-minute politics, pulse-pounding action.”—Vince Flynn
“The Constitution . . . secret codes . . . loads of history . . . and pirates! What else does anyone need? The Jefferson Key won’t just haunt your nights—it’ll haunt your life. Cotton Malone is coming back to the scariest place of all: home.”—Brad Meltzer