By Judy Kurtz - 03/26/12 11:15 PM EDT
Add former Sen. Byron Dorgan to the list of lawmakers who have gone from writing legislation to crafting works of fiction.
The North Dakota Democrat, who retired last year after 30 years in Congress, will release Blowout, his action-packed thriller and first novel, with co-author David Hagberg on Tuesday.
Dorgan also seems to stick to what he knows: his home state. In the tome, the president is working on a way to develop clean energy from coal with a group called the Dakota District Initiative, a top-secret research team hidden in North Dakota.
Dorgan, 69, isn’t the first senator to make the foray into fiction.
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) wrote her first novel, A Time to Run, in 2006. She penned another book, Blind Trust — which seemed to draw from real-life experience — in 2009. It was pegged as a “story of dirty tricks and political survival, and the battle for integrity in the corridors of power.”
Former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) released his own suspense novel, Keys to the Kingdom, last year. The book detailed the quest to stop al Qaeda from unleashing a nuclear device on the world.