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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 on the Metro by Margaret Truman and Jon Land

Reviewed by Russell Ilg

“You need to get somewhere safe,” one character tells another late in MURDER ON THE METRO, to which the other responds, “I don’t think there is such a place anymore.”

That should come as no surprise, given that Jon Land has picked up the writing duties in this 31st book in the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series originally conceived by Margaret Truman. After all, Land is no stranger to high stakes thrillers in which the country, or entire world, hang in the balance. In MURDER ON THE METRO, those stakes include the United States government which is about to be overthrown. Read the rest of this entry »

Murder on Capitol Hill: A Capitol Crimes Novel by Margaret Truman

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

Murder on Capitol HillSenator Cale Caldwell is one of the biggest movers and shakers in Washington. But like many in D. C., there are dark things in his past that he doesn’t want known. When he is murdered at a party held in his honor, the number one question is why. A local attorney and family friend, Lydia James can hardly say no when she is asked by the late Senator’s wife to serve as counsel to the Senate Committee investigating the crime. As her investigation begins, obstacle keep being placed in her way and some of the Senator’s rivals make it clear that his death makes it easier for them to achieve their legislative goals. One such person is Senator MacLoon, who was in a fight with Caldwell over what state would get a new missile system. Lydia’s investigation will take her behind the scenes of Government and lead her to secrets she isn’t supposed to know. 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 »

Monument to Murder by Maragaret Truman

Monument to MurderReviewed by Douglas R. Cobb

How is a Savannah, Georgia’s prostitute’s murder linked to the highest office of the land, and to the First Lady, Jeanine Jamison? When the struggling P.I. Robert Braxton takes the twenty-year-old case of clearing the prostitute and drug user, Louise Watkin’s, name of murder, little does he know at the time that many wealthy and influential people would rather see him dead than the case dug up again, rehashed, and solved. Monument to Murder, the twenty-fifth novel in Margaret Truman’s long-running Capital Crimes series, is a page-turning novel filled with intrigue and suspense that Truman’s fans will definitely want to add to their reading lists.

Louise Watkins confessed to stabbing a man to death, a man she claimed was trying to rape her. Though the detective in charge of the case had his doubts that the confession was a genuine one, she had confessed, and knew where the murder weapon was, thrown from a bridge into the river, and the cops were able to recover it. All of the evidence seemed to point to her as the culprit. She served four years, was released from prison, and then was shot to death in an apparent drive-by shooting. But was that really what it was, or did someone try to make her death seem to look like a drive-by shooting, when the real reason she was killed was to shut her up? Read the rest of this entry »