CNN’s Jake Tapper to Debut Novel ‘The Hellfire Club’

Political thriller is set in 1950s Washington D.C.

Last Updated: February 13, 2017 @ 1:51 PM

Despite a busy schedule fighting the battle between real and fake news, CNN anchor Jake Tapper has a hobby: fiction writing.

Tapper’s debut novel is set to release next summer, Entertainment Weekly reports. The Hellfire Club tells the story of “Charlie Marder… a newly appointed young New York congressman navigating the dangerous waters of the era and the capital with his wife, Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own,” according to a Monday release from publisher Little, Brown. “Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of secret deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history.”

The novel, set in 1954 Washington D. C., will feature such figures as President Dwight Eisenhower, Sen. Joe McCarthy and then-Vice President Richard Nixon.

“Being able to combine Washington intrigue with this fascinating time period and the larger-than-life characters who come with it — the Kennedys, McCarthy, Nixon, Ike — has been a thrill,” Tapper said in the release (via AP).

Tapper was recently a guest on CBS’ “The Late Show” and was also memorably spoofed on “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend.

The CNN host has two works of non-fiction: “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor” and “Down & Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency.”