Margaret Truman won faithful readers with her works of biography and fiction, particularly her ongoing series of Capital Crimes mysteries. Her novels let us into the corridors of power and privilege, and poverty and pageantry, in the nation's capital. She was the author of many nonfiction books, including The President's House, in which she shares some of the secrets and history of the White House where she once resided. She lived in Manhattan and passed away in 2008.
In the workmanlike 24th and presumably last Capital Crimes novel (after Murder on K Street) from bestseller Truman (1924-2008), the murder of escort Rosalie Curzon, who was savagely beaten before being strangled, panics her many high-powered clients after the local police find she'd been videotaping her sessions. The detectives on the case--Walter Hatcher, a racist dinosaur mulling over retirement, and his two younger assistants, naOve Matt Jackson, who's shocked that some of his colleagues are on the take, and Mary Hall, who's secretly involved with Jackson--are walking clichEs. The probe takes on national implications when rumors circulate that presidential challenger Robert Colgate, who's been dogged by allegations of infidelity, was one of Curzon's clients. Readers should be prepared for some clunky prose (e.g., a character's face is described as "a series of small, finely chiseled granite blocks covered by a coal-black membrane pulled tight"). (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Truman 'knows the forks' in the nation's capital and how to
pitchfork her readers into a web of murder and detection."
-The Christian Science Monitor
Murder on K Street "[A] satisfying tale . . . remarkably fresh
in its insights about politics, intrigue, money and sex in the city
by the Potomac."
-Raleigh News & Observer Murder at the Opera "Bestseller Truman's twenty-second D.C. mystery [is] one of her strongest. . . . [She] widens her scope to reveal a charming supporting cast. . . . Glimpses of intelligence gathering in the Middle East lend a timely feel."
-Publishers Weekly Murder at The Washington Tribune "Hooks the reader immediately."
-The Oklahoman Murder at Union Station "Truman has produced another knowing look at Washington politics. She, of all people, should know her characters well, and she draws them with style."
-The Dallas Morning News