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Capitol Murder (Dana Cutler #3)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  2,006 Ratings  ·  202 Reviews
Private investigator Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller have overcome more than a few daunting challenges and powerful enemies to see justice done. Against tremendous odds, they successfully unmasked an American president's involvement in a chain of murders. They also saved the life of a Supreme Court justice while foiling a conspiracy by rogue members of the CIA to fix ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Harper (first published 2012)
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Russty Thaggard Tolliver is gone... I suspect we'll see Clarence again soon... I'm reading the next in the series now, so I'll know soon enough!!! No spoilers,…moreTolliver is gone... I suspect we'll see Clarence again soon... I'm reading the next in the series now, so I'll know soon enough!!! No spoilers, though!!!(less)

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Jan 30, 2014 Will rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Action adventure junkies

All in all, not a bad read. If I had to grumble, I'd say the plot behind the US intelligence operation is so masqueraded that the reader doesn't even know it's there until the last 50 pages of the book. The constant juxtaposition of the Clarence Little serial killer case with the jihadist plot to blow up FedEx Field is a bit disconcerting and quite frankly confuses the reader as to which form of terror--personal or cataclysmic--is the focal point of the book. H
Mike Gabor
Apr 12, 2012 Mike Gabor rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Luckily I borrowed this book from the library rather then buying it because if I did purchase it I would definitely be asking for a refund. I don't know what the author was thinking but some of the characters in this book act so stupidly it is beyond belief. I've read a few other books by this author and while they weren't masterpieces at least they had a believable plot and characters. I strongly, strongly suggest you take a pass on this book.
Jay Connor
Jul 09, 2012 Jay Connor rated it liked it
Phillip Margolin has completed his Washington trilogy – “Executive Privilege,” “Supreme Justice” and, now, “Capitol Murder” – without lead characters. Brad, Ginny and Dana are rather plot pivots; their insertion in this story is to connect and bridge one incoherence to a coincidence to the next non-sequitor.

Despite this, Margolin is an interesting storyteller with enough forward propulsion to keep us engaged. The trouble begins when we ask: “engaged in what?”

Over the arc of this trilogy we hav
Apr 29, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
While it has been a while since I read the last book in the installment, I quite enjoyed the book and Margolin's split plot. it was quite easy to get ensconced and I found myself wanting to read 'just a little more', so much so that I sped through the book in a short time. Margolin is to be applauded not only for his description, but also the use of dialogue and accuracy that is lost in so many terrorist-centred books.

I found myself wanting to get to the root of how two seemingly independent sto
Jul 03, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had not read a Margolin novel in some time and was quickly reminded of his typical formula.

Margolin has the right recipes for a great thriller mystery: realistic setting, aggressive characters, twisting plots, cliffhangers, apathetic villains...

However, in my opinion, it's how he stirs these ingredients that somewhat annoy me. These books, Capitol Murder no exception, are seemingly several short stories written separately but then weaved together in an attempt to tie a mutual conclusion.

Mar 19, 2016 Mary rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary mysteries
Recommended to Mary by: Library Book Sale
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 deat
Bob Mustin
Jun 07, 2012 Bob Mustin rated it liked it
I sometimes read this sort of genre stuff; it has many readers, and I often find myself wondering what I’ve missed. Once again - and at the risk of seeming a snob - I find I haven’t missed all that much. In such books, the characters are an inch deep, the prose is often more than clunky, and the stories are filled with gratuitous sex and violence. Capitol Murder is no exception. Here, there’s a terroristic plot to kill lots of U.S. citizens, with more-than-mild corruption and intrigue within Fed ...more
Feb 09, 2013 Mihir rated it really liked it

Full review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Phillip Margolin is a favorite of mine, I started reading his books nearly a decade ago and since then I have enjoyed his Amanda Jaffe books as well as his standalone titles. He began a trilogy with a set of characters in 2008 with Executive Privilege; he followed it up two years later with Supreme Justice and last year he capped off the trilogy with Capitol Murder.

Like all of his books, Capitol Murder has quite a few plot threads
Oct 11, 2012 tiddle rated it liked it
The book starts out well, and I enjoy the initial 1/3 of it. But then, instead of plots thickening, I fast realize that the plots are really so tenuously held together that it leaves a lot to be desired. *Spoiler alert* Once the serial killer escapes after killing off his defense attorney, among others, he suddenly drops from the book, only to resurface towards the end to becoming the "good guy" to save the day. And the befuddled plot to try to paint the AWOL Special Force guy as the is-he-or-is ...more
In "Capitol Murder," Phillip Margolin uses a three pronged approach to his story.

Serial killer, Clarence Little, kills and mutilates young women. One of the cases he was found guilty for, is overturned due to faulty evidence. The other cases will then be reviewed.

Brad Miller is an attorney who was active in overturning Little's conviction. He begins getting notes from Little and then learns that Little has escaped.

The next segment of the story has to do with a terrorist plot on a football stadiu
Shawn Steketee
May 16, 2012 Shawn Steketee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a give away from Goodreads. I really enjoyed this book, the story is suspenseful and interesting. The characters are likable, so likable that I'm planning read his other stories about them. If you enjoy intrigue and crime novels, you will enjoy this one. On the surface the story is about an attempted terrorist attack, it's really about the interactions and motivations of the various characters.
Aug 31, 2012 Shelley rated it it was ok
Highly improbable and convoluted with at least 7 main characters. A decent story was obscured by telling it from so many points of view and having the individual story lines intersect. I might read another one of his books (not sure if I have), but not the two with these same characters. The characters aren't remotely likeable and have inconsistent personalities or none at all.
Erma Steppe
Jun 25, 2012 Erma Steppe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished "Capital Murder" by Phillip Margolin and loved it! This is the first book of his I've read, but my roommate has read every book he's written, beginning with Heartstone." She told me not to start it unless I had nothing else to do and WOW, she was right. Thank you for allowing me to read your book; I'm putting you on my list of favorite authors.
Andrew Langert
Feb 18, 2016 Andrew Langert rated it it was ok
This was my first Philip Margolin novel. The book started out well, but the plot is very disjointed. So many things are going on. The author takes you on a ride with so many twists and turns that you almost need to keep a scorecard to track all the separate subplots that eventually come together.

How things come together is so convoluted that it reduced my 3-star rating to 2 stars. Yes, this is fiction, but the actions of the main characters needs to be somewhat believable. That was not the case
Apr 30, 2012 Jane rated it liked it
A quick paced thriller. I probably shouldn't read a political thriller during election season, as it makes me think that all politicians are crooked!
Jill Manske
Jul 21, 2016 Jill Manske rated it it was ok
Sadly, this is not one of Margolin's best. The plot is way too convoluted and a little too pat. The writing was amateurish and the characters were one-dimensional. I've read several other Margolin books, which were much better. Maybe this is a fluke, but it's put me off Margolin's works for awhile. I did get a better understanding of radical Islam and how easy it is for terrorist organizations to indoctrinate young, impressionable, under-educated kids. But that was not enough to save this book f ...more
Mar 01, 2015 Ron rated it really liked it
Shelves: large-print-read
Don't really know what it is about Mr. Margolin's books. I really like them, but, when I finish one, I seem to forget about him for a time. Then, I'll read another one and wonder just why I go so long between his books.

I really like him as an author. Plus, since he's a fellow Oregonian, his stories take place, at least partially, in Oregon near where I live. I'm familiar with the locale of his books. And Capitol Murder is no different. A well written book with good, believable characters and a w
Jul 07, 2013 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Capitol Murder by Phillip Margolin.

This is my first book by Phillip Margolin and it was a very pleasant introduction. Margolin is good at weaving disparate plots into a thrilling story, much like Tom Clancy.

A cell of terrorists slip into the U.S. intending to outdo the 9/11 attacks on U.S. soil, this time at a pro football game. This scenario has been used in other books but it works very effectively here as part of the storyline. A senator, literally caught with his pants down becomes a black
Jul 23, 2012 Dale rated it really liked it
Lots of plot threads eventually tie together

Published by HarperAudio in 2012.
Performed by Jonathan Davis.
Duration: 9 hours, 38 minutes.

I have been a Phillip Margolin fan since I read his book The Burning Man nearly 15 years ago. I worked at a used book store at the time and I remember turning a couple of people on to Margolin's stuff. I must admit that I have not read some of his more recent books, not out of lack of interest, but mostly due to the pressure of a massive To-Be-Read pile (do you
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Capitol Murder
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 · rating details · 562 ratings · 116 reviews
Private investigator Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller have overcome more than a few daunting challenges and powerful enemies to see justice done. Against tremendous odds, they successfully unmasked an American president's involvement in a chain of murders. They also saved the life of a Supreme Court justice while foiling a conspiracy by rogue members of the CIA to fix a case h
May 07, 2012 Jerry rated it liked it
This is the third in what the author dubs his "Washington Trilogy", set in the nation’s capitol – although the ending certainly would indicate that more in this series featuring investigative reporter Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller are forthcoming. Indeed, in this novel, even a villain from the earlier works is reprised, in the person of Clarence Little; and we sincerely suspect we’ve not seen the last of him. The plot was divided between a flawed terrorist attempt to blow up a football st ...more
In Capitol Murder, the third book in his Washington Trilogy, Phillip Margolin's characters Dana Cutler and Brad Miller are once again involved in facing off against evil plots both within and outside of the United States government. While terrorists plan to blow up FedEx Field near Washington, D.C., Brad and Dana discover a money trail that finances the terrorists and may lead right back to the halls of Congress.
Margolin's characters leap off the page and pull you into the action. Besides Brad a
Gloria Feit
Aug 09, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it really liked it
The fact that the author long served as a defense attorney in 30 murder trials permeates this tale of terrorism, murder and treason. It is the third novel featuring Brad Miller, an attorney, his wife, Ginny, also an attorney, and Dana Cutler, a dogged private investigator and sometime reporter for a sleazy Washington supermarket scandal sheet. In previous books their investigation revealed the role of a President in a series of murders and saved the life of a Supreme Court justice while preventi ...more
Patrice Hoffman
Mar 21, 2012 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it
I was extremely excited when I found out I won this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I am a fan of this author's work. I've had the privelege of reading the other two books that proceeded this book which really worked in my favor. If I had not read the other books in this series starring Dana Cutler and Brad Miller, I probably wouldn't have even bothered to go back and read them. This book gives away a lot of information in regards to the plots in the other books.

The story begins i
Doug Clark
Jul 11, 2013 Doug Clark rated it liked it
Capitol Murder is Phillip Margolin’s third thriller to feature the private investigator Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller. The first two, Executive Privilege and Supreme Justice were riveting political thrillers. Executive Privilege involves the murder of a young college student shortly after she met with the President, Christopher Farrington. Dana Cutler is investigating her murder. Meanwhile in Oregon, a junior associate, Brad Miller, is shocked by the revelations of a convicted serial kill ...more
Feb 12, 2012 Jacqui rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller-mystery
Capitol Murder (Harper Collins 2012) is another winner for Phillip Margolin, a self-described self-taught writer and author of fifteen New York Times best selling novels and 4 books of short stories. This book reprises the appearance of terrorist Clarence Little, the violent serial murderer attorney Brad Miller successfully defended against one murder charge, thus earning the long-term affection of this nefarious character. When Little escapes from prison, he is linked to a streak of murders, th ...more
Jean V. Naggar Literary
Aug 13, 2012 Jean V. Naggar Literary rated it it was amazing
A New York Times bestseller

“A killer follow-up...Phillip Margolin’s Capitol Murder is like a cold shower—it grabs our attention and gets our adrenaline running.” --New York Journal of Books

“With politics on everybody’s mind, best-selling author Phillip Margolin zeroes in on politicians behaving badly in Capitol Murder. In this riveting page-turner, a serial killer has escaped Death Row to wreak havoc while terrorists plot to blow up an NFL stadium.” --National Examiner Magazine

“Another one of M
Anna Stewart McCall
Apr 28, 2013 Anna Stewart McCall rated it liked it
Capitol Murder is the third book in the trilogy that began with Executive Privilege and Supreme Justice. Private investigator Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller are once again involved in a high intrigue thriller that traverses the hallowed corridors of our nation's capital. This time, the pair becomes involved in a mystery featuring Senator John Carson from Oregon and a group of terrorists that want to blow up the stadium of a Washington Redskins game. Once again, Margolin introduces a slew o ...more
Jul 20, 2013 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-thriller, 2013
If you want to read an excellent thriller, you'll love the third installment in the Washington D.C. series by Philip Margollin. Dana Cutler and Brad Miller are back at it again. Brad works with Senator Carson, while Dana continues to work for her tabloid newspaper. Together, they encounter a disturbing truth down in Washington D.C. First of all, Clarence Little hired a new attorney to overturn hew guilty convictions. And things aren't the way it seemed. Once freed, there's a new line of bloodshe ...more
Rick Bavera
May 05, 2012 Rick Bavera rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Phillip Margolin is an author of whom I have been aware, but never read before.

It was a pleasure getting this book as a GoodReads/FirstReads title, as it was definitely a good read. I will have to check out more Margolin stories.

The twists and turns during the story kept me trying to predict what would happen next. I succeeded only once, fairly early in the book when one of the characters died, and it was not unexpected.

The book had several inter-connected stories, all well done, and inter-con
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