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Within the first few pages of Sanders's disappointing 20th novel, we are introduced to a latter-day Rasputin--a wild-eyed, lustful "holy man" who preaches out of a ramshackle barn in Virginia--and have had a glimpse of his kinky sexual practices. Then we are privy to a discussion among the U.S. president's key staff members, who deliberate whether the Chief Executive and the First Lady might be heading for mental breakdowns because of their concern for their only son, a hemophiliac. The pace of this derivative thriller slackens thereafter, as these two plot threads become entwined. Brother Kristos, as the mysterious faith healer has christened himself, soon has the First Couple--and a goodly segment of official Washington's womenfolk--under his considerable spell. John Tollinger, an ex ecutive assistant to the White House chief of staff, is assigned to expose Kristos as a charlatan--not an easy task, given the man's apparent ability to see both the hidden past and unknown future of many of those he meets. It is all most improbable, even in an era when presidents consult astrologers, and the ending rings false, rendering this one of Sanders's least effective efforts. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates.
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"Fascinating...suspenseful!" -- Los Angeles Times

"Sanders is always good." -- Chicago Tribune

"Sanders' plot is fast forward...A cautionary tale." -- New York Daily News

"Sanders' plot is fast forward...A cautionary tale." (New York Daily News -- New York Daily News --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (May 20, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394577353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394577357
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,332,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robert Busko VINE VOICE on November 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
You would think that when you pair up two bestselling and award winning authors the likes of Jonathan and Faye Kellerman that the result would be a sure fire runnaway success. Capital Crimes, their long awaited collaborative book is a huge disappointment. Uninspired, and limp, the book provides two novellas that are among the most forgettable stories of 2006. Its almost as though they each provided a dull story so that their characters could shine. Trust me....it doesn't work.

Save your money and time and pass this one up.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Eileen on November 2, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Someone with an impressive array of murderous skills is systematically assassinating right-wing political figures one after another. The FBI and the CIA, who suspect that the killer comes from somewhere in their ranks, join forces to try to track down the assassin. An imprisoned former CIA traitor, who claims to know the identity of the assassin, wants to trade that information for a pardon and freedom.
This is Woods' best Will Lee novel, even though President Will and his wife, CIA head Kate, are peripheral to the action. Woods produces some good character development in both Robert Kinney, a Deputy Director of the FBI, and in Ted, the assassin. The story is very fast-paced. There are plenty of high-tech gadgets, chase scenes, computer hacking, and SWAT team action to keep things interesting. You will find it hard to put this book down.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on November 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Jonathan and Faye Kellerman are novelists, and in Capital Crimes, they have teamed up to write together again. Their first team effort was Double Homicide.

Capital Crimes is really two suspense novellas set in two different cities and feature cameos of characters from their popular suspense novels.

My Sister's Keeper is set in Berkeley where Peter Decker makes an appearance. California state representative, Davida Grayson is a lesbian and activist. She has also been murdered. Grayson had been threatened for her support for stem-cell research. Was it her politics or her personal relationships that resulted in her death by a gunshot?

Music City Breakdown is set in Nashville and features Alex Delaware. Jack Jeffries is a rock legend who left retirement to perform for charity. His body was found in a ditch, his throat slashed. The detectives on the case have their own connection to the music industry and are determined to solve the murder.

This book is not up to the 'hype' the Kellermans normally receive when they have a novel published. It feels like they had an idea, 'slapped' it together and said, "It's a good little money maker." The stories don't have much of a plot, seem hurried and forced. Only true, die-hard fans will appreciate this book. Then again, maybe not.

Armchair Interviews says: If you've never read anything by the Kellermans, this is not the book to start with. You'll be disappointed.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the fifth book in a long series by Woods, and in my opinion, the best of the lot. He never seems to run out of steam and his characters are always believable and well thought out--as are his plots. Highly recommended.
Also recommended: THE SECOND CHAIR and BARK OF THE DOGWOOD
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mikey Likey on August 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This may very well be the worst novel I have ever read. It reminded me of the hokey mysteries I used to write in my free time when I was in elementary school. This author (Stuart Woods) has absolutely no knowledge of human relationships or how to accurately and believably portray them. He makes a dinner between a married couple sound like a Pentagon intelligence briefing. Not a single moment of the dialogue ever comes close to being believable.

It is clear that this novel was written in a weekend and that no research of any kind was done. It is beyond me where Mr. Woods got his information about the interworking of American government. The President of the United States essentially acts as a local police chief, being called everytime a piece of evidence is found and holding press conferences to announce arrests. Even more ridiculously, we are asked to believe that an expert CIA agent who never leaves a trace would be stupid enough to use his best friend's name as an alias. We are also supposed to believe that the investigators would look at a list of hundreds of names and randomly pick out the killer by chance on the first try. The most inane premise by far is that the killer runs a website in which he lists all his victims. When the FBI finally decides to trace the website, they can't do it because he changes the server every day. The author expects us to buy that the nation's top investigations unit can't track an amateur website because he changes it every DAY?

Now on to the plot. In addition to the worst written novel I have ever read, this is the worst developed novel I have ever come across. Instead of focusing on a few central characters, Woods decides to bring in about about 30 "main" characters.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Simon Crowe on April 27, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
CAPITAL CRIMES, a slapdash poltical novel, involves the FBI's pursuit of a serial killer who is targeting well-known right wing figures - a talk show host, a supreme court justice, etc. The killer is someone with a wealth of technical knowledge and capability to carry out elaborate murders, and for most of the book there's little suspense as to how he'll behave. The murder victims are all caricatured as leering idiots
A deputy FBI director is put in charge of the case and for much of the book seems to be one of only 2 competent people in the bureau, along with his young sidekick. The FBI director, for no particular reason, is made into a preening buffoon. CAPITAL CRIMES is filled with improbabilities. One character repeatedly ignores communications about the identity of the killer, and the killer himself publishes his intended targets on a website. A subplot involving a British raid on the web server goes nowhere. There's nothing the least bit original or interesting in this book. Skip it .
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