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In her 18th Capital Crimes mystery, Truman relegates frequent star Mackensie to a supporting role as ex-CIA agent Max Pauling (featured in Murder in Foggy Bottom) takes center stage. Washington, D.C., also plays a supporting role, as Havana, Cuba, becomes the focus and capital crime site of this pedestrian spy-story-cum-political diatribe. The status of Cuban-American relations, the rule of Castro and living conditions in Cuba replace the usual D.C. intrigues. The author indulges in a lot of Castro-bashing, reserving her praise only for the Cuban government's medical care and research that also is at the heart of Pauling's errand. Pauling, a maverick who has found profitable work as a freelance pilot, gets talked into a supposedly quick and easy job in Cuba. A German pharmaceutical company is trying to buy into Cuba's remarkably advanced cancer research. Pauling's job is to find proof that the German firm is acting as a front for an American company. In traditional spy novel fashion, just about everything that could go wrong does, and Pauling must use his wits, skills and luck to avoid the pitfalls caused by the dealings and double-dealings of various factions. Truman paints a bizarre picture of a Cuba where the people are poor, happy and healthy, and spy on one another with gusto while living in constant fear of Castro and his minions. The author's core fans will welcome this new outing, but she won't win new converts with this effort. Agent, Ted Chichak.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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“Truman can write suspense with the best of them.”


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Product Details

  • Series: Capital Crimes
  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449006689
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449006689
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James E. Carroll on October 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Having read every one of Margaret Truman's Capital Crimes Series, I was surprised with the title of her latest novel. But while the story focuses mostly on Castro's Cuba, there is plenty of inside the Beltway intrigue to satisfy her loyal readers. In typical Truman fashion, she weaves a tale of murder, espionage, diplomacy, politics and suspense that forces the reader to turn the pages in rapid succession. Ex-CIA agent Max Pauling finds himself embroiled in a plot in today's Cuba involving anticancer research, pharmaceutical giants, the USA embargo, the White House and anti-Castro supporters. Truman manages to introduce once more her favorite husband and wife team, Georgetown art gallery owner Annabelle Smith and George Washington University law professor MacKensie Smith, to move the story along. This latest Truman novel has plenty of action and suspense. It features locations in Cuba, DC, London and Germany. It does not disappoint. You won't put it down until you're finished.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Sibley VINE VOICE on March 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Max Pauling, formerly of the CIA, has moved from Washington to New Mexico, but he is still a pilot of small planes. It seems that Cuba has first-rate medical research facilities. Max is hired to investigate, on behalf of Signal Labs, a probable situation of a German and American company combining to buy out the Cuban research on cancer drugs. The name of the other company is BTK Industries.

In Cuba Max has the realization he is being followed. The operative he contacts in Cuba may have her own agenda, or may be in the pay of someone else. It is 1995 and life in Cuba is difficult for reason of the imposition of trade sanctions by the United States.

Max Pauling is loyal to fault. In the past he was cited by the agency for remaining too long at a scene and perhaps jeopardizing the mission. In this instance he feels that the death of a German working for the other pharmaceutical company should be examined. Through a translation of a memo Pauling learns that the dead German suffered from the same vice of loyalty, really a sort of idealism.

Cuban doctors, loyal to Cuba and their research projects, do not want their research to be sold to the American company BFK and the German middlemen. More death and scapegoating of Max Pauling are part of the intricate plot. The return to New Mexico of the hero raises the point that he may be ready to leave the insanity of secrecy behind him to achieve a more orderly existence.

The theme of loyalty, misplaced and otherwise, sounds strongly throughout this book. Margaret Truman's rendering of the Washington scene makes everything seem believable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Webster, Ph.D., VINE VOICE on April 5, 2002
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I like Margaret Truman's mysteries. They're a relief from serial killers, blood and gore, and spooky things. In Murder in Havana, we are quite a distance into the story before we have a murder, and you will quickly put your finger on the likely murderer, but that's fine. The fun of this book is in the hazardous trip that ex-CIA agent Max Pauling takes to Havana. His assignment is to find whether an American pharmaceutical company is secretly trying to circumvent American law to make a deal with Fidel Castro for a cancer treatment. Max knows that you can't trust anyone, and he certainly can't in this story. He is soon in great peril and has to run for his life. The tale is more of an adventure than a mystery, but it has a nice feel of life in Castro's Cuba, and it will keep you turning the pages.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Here's a beach book that'll have you turning pages so fast you'll relish the light breeze. In the 18th installment of her Capital Crimes series, Truman brings Max Pauling back from a restless retirement. The fast-paced chase around Castro's island centers on a U.S. pharmaceutical company that might be using a German firm to get around the U.S. embargo. Pauling, an ex-CIA and ex-State Department hand, is almost "ex-ed out" as clues lead to a surprising Cuban drug research project.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By F. Lennox Campello on January 9, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The main problem with this book is its lack of "Cubanosity" in the way that the Cuban characters act and talk and behave - they are depicted as the way Truman imagines Cubans would act, and as a result, while the book delivers an adequate thriller plot, her placement of the action in Cuba, without much knowledge of Cuban culture and mannerisms, and social issues (such as racism) gives this book some pretty big holes. For example - Cubans refer to themselves as white or black or mulatto, etc. not as "Hispanics" and Truman consistently misuses this term as a racial delimiter (a very common American mistake) rather than a cultural amplifier. The book failed to make me believe that the story was actually set in Havana.
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Warning! Plot spoilers ahead! While the writing is good and the characters well-defined and reasonably engaging, this is not Margaret Truman's best effort. The novel suffers from some obvious weaknesses in the plot and character credibility. Though the story and characters are pretty good overall, there are several instances where my “suspension of disbelief” was destroyed. For one, the use of “Chico” as a code name in Havana. This common term would not be used for obvious reasons. Next the agent Pauling meets leaves her place unlocked. She always leaves it unlocked. This is used to set up something later, but the convenient ploy is not believable. Even if this were a cultural norm in Havana, it's not believable in the context of this story. Not for an undercover operative. Pauling speaks too openly over the phone from Cuba to America with his girlfriend. He also wouldn't have told her where he was going in the first place, for obvious security reasons. The girlfriend/wives come off as naive when they talk openly on the phone about where their men are and what they are doing. They would know such talk could potentially put their men in danger. Pauling's prevention of Castro's assassination seems like an unnecessary plot point which doesn't really impact the story significantly. This act also makes me less sympathetic towards Pauling, since he saves the life of a tyrant who has murdered thousands of his own people and kept them in squalor while he lived in opulence. The former Senator's murder seems contrived. It's not believable that no one from his own entourage or Cuban State Security would have followed him to protect him from just this type of thing. Pauling's trust of the prostitute is not believable, either.Read more ›
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