Friday, February 17, 2012

Capitol Murder-Phillip Margolin

Capitol Murder

Phillip Margolin

Harper, Apr 3 2012, $25.99

ISBN 9780062069887

In Portland, Oregon, Senator Jack Carson has a tryst with Jessica Koshanil which she records on a DVD. Koshanil shows Carson her evidence of his sex scandalous action and blackmails him into providing her with information. Carson returns to DC knowing if he is to remain in office, he must give her what she demands. She wants to learn what the Feds know about a planned suicide bombing at a football stadium that will kill many.

As private investigator Dana Cutler is in Oregon looking into the illegal and amoral activity of the Senator, Carson’s aid Brad Miller worries about his life, that of his wife and others when his former client serial killer Clarence Little escapes custody from the Marion County Circuit Courthouse in Salem, Oregon. Soon afterward Koshanil is found murdered in Carson’s Georgetown home by someone using Little’s M.O. of removing a finger from each hand even as the terrorism scheme moves forward.

The third branch of government Cutler-Miller thriller (see Executive Privilege and Supreme Justice) is an exciting twisting tale though the prime subplots never smoothly converge. Fast-paced, fans will enjoy the countdown as a scandalous sleazy senator, an escaped serial killer, and a terrorist attack will have readers wondering what next.

Harriet Klausner

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