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Murder at the CDC: A Capital Crimes Novel by Jon Land

Reviewed by Russell Ilg

I’ve reviewed more books by Jon Land than I can count but his latest, MURDER AT THE CDC, stands out for all the right reasons.

And all the wrong ones, too.

That’s because the book, completed prior to the January 6, 2021, eerily explores the very mindset that made that chaotic, violent day possible. Not only does the book open with, yes, a mass shooting on the steps of the Capitol Building, it centers around a crazed plot by unified militias and extremist groups to wage what is essentially a second civil war to seize power forever.

Five years ago, we learn in the prologue, a tanker carrying a deadly bio-weapon called the “White Death” seemingly vanished into thin air. Once those contents fall into the hands of an unscrupulous politician eyeing the White House and the powerful offspring of a famed televangelist, all bets are off and a fanatical plot that dwarfs January 6 is underway. We’ve seen the politician, Senator Byron Fitch, before. It’s a classic thriller trope and there’s nothing new there. Read the rest of this entry »

Murder in the White House: A Capital Crimes Novel by Margaret Truman

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Murder at the White HouseThe Webster Presidency has some skeletons. They can be revealed by one man, the
Secretary of State and that man has now been found strangled to death in the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House. Only a select group of people are even able to access this floor and now one of them is a killer. President Webster appoints Ron Fairbanks as a special prosecutor to investigate the murder and by Executive Order gives him unprecedented power. The conspiracy behind the Secretary’s death reaches further and wider then Fairbanks can imagine and there are some in the Capitol who will stop at nothing to keep their secrets. Fairbanks must dig deep and look far to solve this murder before he himself becomes a victim. Read the rest of this entry »