Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
As the nation and the world consider President Trump’s allegations that President Obama bugged his phone, readers might consider investigating the following novels, linked to their excerpted Booklist reviews, whose plots hinge upon wiretapping.
Casebook, by Mona Simpson
Simpson she puts a clever spin on domestic surveillance as young Miles begins spying on his mother, Irene, a mathematician, just as fault lines begin to appear in her marriage to his father, a Hollywood lawyer. Wily Miles, the overweight older brother of twin sisters he professes to loathe yet watches over tenderly, sets up phone taps of increasing sophistication, opens e-mail, eavesdrops, and paws through drawers.
Censoring: An Iranian Love Story, by Shahriar Mandanipour
This is the love story of Sara and Dara under the sharp eyes of Mr. Petrovich, a censor of disturbingly omniscient powers. Sara is the book-loving daughter of cautious parents; Dara’s ardor for the movies has cost him jail time. Their passion is taboo, yet nothing keeps them apart, not tapped phones, nosy neighbors, or the brutal patrols for the Campaign Against Social Corruption.
Come, Sweet Death! by Wolf Haas
Simon Brenner has been bouncing around Austria after leaving the Vienna police department. Now he’s working as an EMT, learning the ins and outs of the for-profit ambulance business. Brenner’s boss believes that a rival service is tapping their phone to steal customers and asks Brenner to investigate—so Brenner persuades a Peeping Tom he had arrested to help him figure out the surveillance side of things.