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A Good But Not Great Book

  • Feb 22, 2012
This book has a number of interesting plots happening at once. A serial killer(Little) is trying to get a new trial because one of the murders he was convicted for was committed by somebody else. A group of terrorists plan to blow up a football stadium and a Senator appears to be up to dirty dealings. These three things will somehow later converge and the author keeps the reader guessing as to how this will come about. What made this book not necessarily great is that the four main characters (Brad, Ginny, Dana and Jake) were main characters in a prior novel by the author and if you haven't read that book it is difficult to understand the chemistry between the characters and it took a little bit of re-reading to keep from confusing them.

Brad works for Senator Jack Carson and in the previous novel he had helped Little with his case. His wife Ginny works in the legal field. Dana is an investigative reporter for a National Enquirer like publication and her boyfriend Jake ends up on an assignment in Afghanistan (can't remember what he did). These four had gotten together over an affair involving the President in the prior book.

As the story unfolds we find that Little is using a woman lawyer as a dupe to help him escape from prison. The Senator gets involved with a woman who is in league with the terrorists. Dana is hired to track down what the Senator was doing when someone turns up dead in his apartment. Brad eventually starts suspecting his boss of something unethical and Ginny gets involved working for an Assistant Attorney General and finds something unethical he may have done and has to decide what to do because exposing him would mean her job.

The story is interesting throughout and Little seems to haave a very entetaining personality about him (like The Joker from Batman0. I gave this book four stars because it was a little difficult to follow and there were very few suspenseful moments that a good thriller should have.

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March 06, 2012
Nice review. You liked it a bit more than I did. I thought the use of a football stadium for a terrorist attack had been used so wasn't that interesting. Also felt the conclusion a bit too convenient.
March 06, 2012
The venue seemed small since the attack never really materialized. The conclusion was another reason I couldn't give it the full 5 stars. The main reason I gave this book such a high rating is that it kept my interest throughout. Some books are torturous trying to get past 50 pages.
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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, ...
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Genre: legal thriller
Publisher: Harper
Date Published: 04-03-2012
ISBN: 9780062069887
Format: hard cover
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