The second season of House of Cards, the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, premieres Friday, February 14. Today Sourcebooks is releasing the ebook version of Michael Dobbs’s political thriller on which the series is based. Originally published over 20 years ago in Britain, House of Cards is a gripping tale of corruption and intrigue within the Palace of Westminster as Chief Whip Francis Urquhart schemes his way to becoming Prime Minister.
Dobbs, a former Conservative politician and adviser to Margaret Thatcher, wrote the novel after a dispute with Thatcher. Acclaimed for its insider’s behind-the-scenes look at the machinations of government, the book became an acclaimed BBC series that featured a memorably diabolical Ian Richardson as Urquhart. (Watch the clip below, but there is a serious SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t seen either the British or American series.)
Although Dobbs’s novel was released here, it had long been out of print until Sourcebooks acquired the U.S. rights. The publisher plans to issue the print version on March 11, and for this edition, the author has rewritten the ending and updated the dialog. Coming later this year and in early 2015 are the other two titles in the trilogy: To Play the King and The Final Cut.