17. Capitol Murder: A Novel of Suspense by Phillip Margolin (2012)
The Dana Cutler and Brad Miller Washington Series Book 3
Length: 342 pages
Genre: Contemporary Mystery
Started: 15 March 2016
Finished: 18 March 2016
Where did it come from? From a Library Book Sale
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 23 December 2015
Why do I have it? I like contemporary mysteries and although I have several of his novels on my bookshelf, Phillip Margolin is a relatively new author for me.
Private investigator Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller have been partners on several challenging and high-profile cases together. They have had to overcome countless difficulties and have made a variety of extremely powerful enemies over the course of their careers. Against such tremendous odds, Dana and Brad have always done their best to see that justice prevails. Now a series of wicked threats old and new are about to reunite them once again.
Brad Miller is distressed to learn that the death penalty sentences of a convicted serial killer have recently been reversed. As a result, it seems that Brad’s former client Clarence Little may be able to appeal his multiple murder convictions. However, Brad is absolutely certain that any judge who hears the trials could not possibly overturn any of his convictions; that just would never happen.
Brad is currently living in D. C., working as the legislative assistant to Senator Jack Carson, a high-ranking member of the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence. When several hand-addressed letters are delivered to Brad’s office as well as to his apartment, he is horrified to discover that Clarence Little has begun writing to him. Although none of his letters are overtly threatening, they still contain just enough personal information about Brad and his family to be genuinely disturbing. It seems that even from an Oregon jail cell, Clarence Little has somehow found a new way to torment people.
Brad becomes utterly terrified for himself and his new wife when a dead body is found in Senator Carson’s upscale Georgetown home. The body exhibits all the hallmarks of someone who is a victim of Clarence Little, and the senator himself has disappeared. If this isn’t actually the gruesome handiwork of Clarence Little, who could possibly be doing all this?
Meanwhile back in Oregon, where Dana Cutler is investigating the senator’s shady background, a terrorist cell is poised to destroy a packed professional football stadium in one of the largest attacks on American soil. As the senator’s personal life begins to dovetail with the terrorist cell’s evil plan, Brad and Dana find themselves in danger once again. They must risk everything to uncover the truth and save their country.
I must say that although I may have read some of Phillip Margolin’s novels in the past, I know that I haven’t read books from any of his series. That being said, I still found this book to be surprisingly well-written. I enjoyed it very much, even though this isn’t necessarily the typical genre that I would choose to read for myself. The story was still intriguing and fast-paced; I would definitely give this book an A!
A! – (90-95%)
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight