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Murder in the White House: A Novel

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A book by Margaret Truman

?TRUMAN HAS SETTLED FIRMLY INTO A CAREER OF WRITING MURDER MYSTERIES, ALL EVOKING BRILLIANTLY THE WASHINGTON SHE KNOWS SO WELL.?  ?The Houston Post    ?THE PLOT BUILDS UP TO A SUPERB DENOUEMENT. ONE WONDERS IF ALL IS FICTION.?  ?T … see full wiki

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Author: Margaret Truman
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Arbor House Pub Co
1 review about Murder in the White House: A Novel

Serious logical flaws hamper the story

  • Mar 7, 2002
Rating:
+1
The premise of the book is an interesting one, the secretary of state is found professionally murdered in the White House and the circle of suspects includes the president. However, there are some substantial flaws in the book that seriously reduce the quality of the story. The major one is that the murdered secretary of state is found to have taken bribes and frequented prostitutes. Given that the timeframe is set after the Carter presidency, the premise that no one knew before his death is simply beyond belief. In the post Watergate environment, such misbehavior would have been like a wounded fish to a hungry shark of journalists.
Another major problem is that the secret service agents assigned to guard the president's daughter deliberately allow her to be placed in a dangerous situation. This is implausible, and making the most professional of officers into bumbling incompetents rarely makes a story stronger.
While the original murderer is not the one you may think, there is another murder committed as a cover up and the perpetrator of that crime is rather clear. I enjoyed the book, but found the weaknesses greater than the quality of the tale.

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