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Capitol Murder: A Novel of Suspense Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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“Several plots converge in this political thriller, each driving toward the last suspenseful page. . . . CAPITOL MURDER is as frightening as any election. Grade: A” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
“Like the preceding books in this trilogy, CAPITOL MURDER offers its readers an exciting story focused on topical events. Margolin expertly unravels each of the threads of his complicated plot only unite them again in a consistently developed conclusion.” (Examiner.com)
“A killer follow-up. . . . Phillip Margolin’s CAPITOL MURDER is like a cold shower—it grabs our attention and gets our adrenaline running.” (New York Journal of Books)
“Margolin delivers another slam-bang political thriller. . . . A nonstop read. ” (Library Journal)
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Private investigator Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller have overcome more than a few daunting challenges and powerful enemies to see justice done. Against tremendous odds, they successfully unmasked an American president's involvement in a chain of murders. They also saved the life of a Supreme Court justice while foiling a conspiracy by rogue members of the CIA to fix a case headed for the court.
Now wicked threats old and new are about to bring them together once again. Convicted serial killer Clarence Little has escaped from death row in Oregon, and Brad receives threatening messages in D.C., where he is working for Senator Jack Carson, a high-ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. A dead body, murdered according to Little's M.O., is found in the senator's Georgetown home, and Carson has disappeared. While Dana is in Oregon digging into Carson's shady background, a terrorist cell is poised to destroy a packed professional football stadium in one of the biggest attacks on American soil. As the senator's personal life begins to dovetail with the cell's evil plan, Brad and Dana will risk it all again to uncover the truth and save their country.
Phillip Margolin proves once more that he is a true master of suspense, delivering another high-octane thriller set in Washington's legendary corridors of power. Capitol Murder's breathtaking pace and electrifying twists will have old fans and newcomers racing to the final, stunning page.
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All this leads me to wonder what draws people to read such books. First, I think, there's the sex and violence. Then there's the gut-level actions and reactions of the characters, which appeals to the baser instincts of readers. But the primary draw here is the twists and turns of the plot. Readers enjoy trying to outthink the writer as he or she unearths plots, murders, terroristic acts, and the like. And Margolin does provide this, along with a fairly accurate depiction of Washington D.C., both political and architectural.
What's bad about such books is that they do a good job of inflaming gut-level passions against various government organs while paradoxically inflating the U.S.'s moral base against other nations, against supposed enemy groups, and even against various religions. In other words, they're doing FOX News' work for them.
This is hardly literature, working as it does against the elevation of the human spirit and experience. But there is a remarkable level of intelligence at work here. If only it could be put to more constructive use.
Now I doubt I'll read them - a loss to the publishers and the author. The other 'series' from Portland is bit better organized.
I think Amazon will benefit (and many readers as well) if an information is readily available about these sequences. This is not a REAL literature and we cannot be expected to be aware of them.
Otherwise, satisfactory reading. Just one minor thing: Muslems call us INFIDELS, not HERETICS. The Sunnis may call Shia 'heretics' just like the Christians loved to burn their heretics a few hundred years ago, it was, after all, better for them to be dead than to keep sinning.
A minor issue but some of us pay attention to every word these 'writers' (story tellers) publish.
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Especially interesting since I live in Oregon.