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Capitol Murder

by Phillip Margolin

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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! ( )
  moonshineandrosefire | Mar 19, 2016 |
The story of "Capitol Murder" is separated into three segments.

First there is Clarence Little who is a serial killer. He's been convicted of killing young women and mutilating their bodies. However one of the murders he was found guilty for is found to be based on faulty evidence and that case is thrown out. Then his other cases must be reexamined.

Brad Miller is an attorney who found some of the info that caused the case to be overthrown. He gets some notes from Little where Little brags about the souveniers he took from his victims. Then Miller lears that Little has escaped.

There is also a terrorist plot to blow up a football stadium during a Monday night football game.

Finally, Brad now works for Oregon Senator Jack Carson. Carson has some bizzare sexual habits and will do anything to keep them secret.

The action comes together nicely with some good plot twists.

The ending was a bit too convenient and the football stadium as a target has been done before. Nevertheless, the story kept my attention right up to the action packed conclusion. ( )
  mikedraper | Mar 6, 2012 |
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Private investigator Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller rush to uncover a terrorist cell's plot to destroy a packed professional football stadium in one of the biggest attacks on American soil.

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