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Murder Inside the Beltway (Capital Crimes #24)

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  579 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
From New York Times-bestselling author Truman comes another political page-turner revealing the criminal side of the nation's capital.
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published October 16th 2008 by Ballantine Books (first published 2008)
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Oct 11, 2009 Lobstergirl rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Hu Jintao
Writing so bad, it crushes the soul.

"As for money, you've been a wonderful provider for me and our three children."

"While aware that prejudice existed despite advances made by African-Americans, he'd suffered little of it growing up...."
Mar 30, 2009 Aaron rated it liked it
I have been a huge fan of Margaret Truman since I dive into Capital Crimes mysteries a couple of years ago. This is probably going to be the last book in the series since she died in January of last year. This book is a complex tale that weaves together two storylines, each with its own mystery, in a way that culminates in one conclusion.

The first centers around the murder of a prostitute named Rosalie Curzon. She was beaten to death in her apartment, but it seems that she might have the last la
Ellen Moore
Jan 30, 2017 Ellen Moore rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I liked this book. It described so well politics and corruption in Washington. There was racism and payoffs in the police dept., infidelity in marriages of prominent persons, and corruption of political candidates and officials. There were several surprises in the story and an interesting conclusion. Since Truman died the year this volume was published, I think this was the last book in her political series that she actually wrote. Someone else wrote several more in her name.
Christine Zibas
Feb 08, 2016 Christine Zibas rated it really liked it
With a plot torn from the pages of very real (and all too common) political indiscretions by high powered political players, Margaret Truman ended her Capital Crimes series with yet another stunning thriller, Murder Inside the Beltway, This novel, and others written by Truman, show just how timely (and timeless) her writing was.

In this thriller, the last of the Capital Crimes series by Margaret Truman (who passed away in January 2008), a presidential candidate's reputation is at stake when a mur
Feb 04, 2009 Mary rated it really liked it
This was a good MT mystery. The killer was somewhat predictable, but you weren't sure until the end. Much of the story takes place in Adams Morgan, which is a more interesting part of DC than the touristy parts.
This was Truman's last novel.
Patti Phillips
Jan 15, 2014 Patti Phillips rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Walt Hatcher is a bigoted veteran detective who constantly insults his co-workers. He lies to his wife, leans on witnesses and shouts so-called apologies. Hatch is a misfit in a modern police department and is in dire need of a crash course in sensitivity, but he gets the job done.

He is assigned to investigate the murder of a DC call girl, and during the crime scene search, one of his team discovers a video camera hidden in a bookcase. The client list discovered on the tapes becomes the focus o
Iowa City Public Library
recently traveled to Washington DC and was delighted to read Margaret Truman’s new book, Murder Inside the Beltway, while I was there. Even better … the Large Print edition was available, so reading on the plane and train was easy! Murder Inside the Beltway was an enjoyable mystery that kept me guessing. A Washington DC call girl is murdered and there’s a possibility her death may be related to the two candidates running for president. Truman, the only daughter of Harry and Bess Truman, knows W ...more
Vannessa Anderson
Mar 21, 2009 Vannessa Anderson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: margaret-truman
Lead detective DET Hatcher, along with his partners, Detectives Mary Hall and Matt Jackson, investigates the murder case of Prostitute Rosalie Curzon who was bludgeoned to death in her Adams Morgan apartment in Washington, DC. President Burton Pyle, who’s running for reelection, learns about a video sex tape of his opponent, Robert Colgate, a slut, and Rosalie Curzon. In following the case we enter a world of political and police corruption.

No one can write about murder in D.C. like Margaret Tru
Apr 03, 2011 Julie rated it liked it
It seems like I have been reading mostly mysteries lately. But this book was one to read for my book club. I have always wanted to read a Margaret Truman mystery and seriously don't know why I never have. This was a nifty little mystery, just the way I like, no gratuitous violence, bad language or pointless sex. Just some interesting politicians, and a team of police detectives trying to figure out a call girl's murder and then a kidnapping of a daughter of a highly connected lawyer working on a ...more
Jan 08, 2010 Pamela rated it liked it
Like Margaret Truman's other books, this one is fast paced, smoothly written, and full of insider info on the D.C. area. She plays two young, idealistic detectives against a sleazy background of corruption, prostitution, murder, kidnapping--and reality. She doesn't waste time on irrelevant detail, and her view of Washington is frank, acknowledging all its warts. In her portrayal of the intricacies of politics, the egocentricity of politicians, and the corruption of the city and its officials, sh ...more
Aug 06, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it
This was a good murder/suspense story. There is a great deal of Washington politics woven into the murder investigation. Considering who the author is, that isn't terribly surprising, and if you are at all interested in U.S. politics or Washington specifically, you wil probably enjoy this book [and possibly the entire series] even more.

There are a large number of characters in this book, and a complicated plot with many sub-plots and interconnected storylines all running in parallel. I thought t
Jan 13, 2009 Luann rated it liked it
Recommended to Luann by: Geri C
Shelves: mystery, adult, 2009
This is the first mystery I've read by Margaret Truman, but sadly the last written before she passed away. I thought it started very slowly, but the pace picked up for the second half and finally caught my interest. Although fictional, this is an interesting look at murder and corruption in Washington D.C. politics by an insider. I wouldn't mind reading another of her mysteries sometime.

An interesting quote as one of the characters is contemplating why people contribute to political candidates:
Jan 01, 2009 Richard rated it really liked it
I was delighted when I found this book recently, knowing that Ms. Truman had died early in 2008. From the reading, though, I wonder if she had done all of the preliminary work -- as well as some of the writing -- prior to her death, and if someone else finished the final draft of the book.

This book does not quite read in exactly the same style as all of the previous Capital Crimes novels, and yet it still has the Truman flavor. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book, and did not determine how th
Jun 10, 2009 Bob rated it liked it
582 Large Print Pages A murdered call girl, a presidential race turning nasty, an old detective near retirement and with a really bigoted outlook, to young detectives under him, one female and white the other male and mixed race - shake together and add some telling videos taken by the dead prostitute and you have a mix of conflicting emotions. Then add a kidnapping and thing get tense. All in another DC area mystery by the late Margaret Truman. Nothing too heavy, lots of dropped names and place ...more
Jan 06, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it
This was my first book to borrow from a library and download to my Nook. I've read a number of Truman's books and always enjoy them but this one was the best. She died in 2008 so I guess it will be her last. She captures the political shenanigans in DC perfectly and I expect her portrayal of the good, bad, and ugly of DC cops is accurate as well. This one starts with a dead call girl secretly taped her customers. Of course they reveal a few high profilers. Simultaneously we have the story to the ...more
Jeanne Jenkins
Sep 23, 2011 Jeanne Jenkins rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, D.C. lovers
Shelves: read-in-2011
I read this book as 'research' for an upcoming trip to D.C. I thought that it had a ring of truth throughout the entire book. Everytime a street, building, location was mentioned: I looked it up on the map to see where it was. That allowed me to 'actually be there' in the story. It is a murder mystery that involved hookers, police, politicians. Yes, just everyday stuff that D.C. is apparently made of. I tried to solve the murder, but alas, I did not. You have to read all the way to the very last ...more
Katie Rekowski
Jun 19, 2014 Katie Rekowski rated it really liked it
Capital crimes #24. I usually only listen to stories read by female readers, but I really wanted to listen to this one. I drive and listen; the story has to be engaging without distraction from the road or destination. This one was that. Ropsalie Curzon, a call girl, is murdered. Looks as though this murder may never be solved. Politics is involved. There is infidelity, kidnapping, deals as well as a MPD force shaking down business owners and call girls. Wow! Washington D.C.
Apr 30, 2012 Edi rated it it was amazing
Wow. Last book written by Margaret Truman, before Barack Obama became the 2008 Democratic nominee. Wove in scandalous behavior by top politicians and by cops on the take. I recall a savvy East Coast judicial friend asking where in the world our party thought we were going with a black guy and a woman as the front runners.

We were obviously going someplace historic. Sorry Margaret missed it, but think she probably enjoyed it all from heaven.
Sep 08, 2013 Lisa rated it liked it
This is my second book by this author. I find it takes a while to get my attention, but ionce it does I then run with it.
Again, there is the insider information for what is happening in the White House.
The murder is a high class call girl - and the list of options for her murderer include the man currently challenging for the White House. It again feeds off the stereotype that all men of power play around????

I will continue on and read the rest of this series.
Dec 22, 2008 April rated it really liked it
This is the last book by Margaret Truman as she died the Jan 2008 and the book was published the same year. True to form, she delivers another suspenseful adventure in the Washington, DC area. The book keeps your attention throughout with the story of a hooker found murdered. The intrigue involves police and high government officials, up to the president-to-be, as it is learned that she videotaped several of her clients in action.
Nov 11, 2013 Jeanne rated it really liked it
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Margaret Truman's books and am so sorry she has died. That said, this was probably my least favorite of her books. It was an excellent murder mystery, very polished, but it lacked her signature characters and special insights gained from her years of living in Washington. I missed Annabelle, Mac and Rufus.
Jan 16, 2013 VerJean rated it it was ok
Love this series - and this may be the last.
Ms. Truman has passed away.
Read most of them - maybe a few on shelf yet to catch up on.
I've enjoyed some others more than this one - if you're reading Ms. Truman, I think the ones set in specific Washington DC building and featuring Mac & Anabelle Smith are the best.
Read in 2009.
May 25, 2011 Sherri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed Margaret Truman's Capital Crime series for years. I listened to this book while working out and driving home and really enjoyed it. I did start to figure some things out early but I still enjoyed how she weaved the story together.

Being this was her last book, she will sorely be missed.
Mar 14, 2011 Elaine rated it it was ok
I've liked some of her other books, but boy howdy was she ever disillusioned with DC when she wrote this sucker! Very few people to like, unssatisfactory ending; I had thought to give it as a gift, but I think instead I'll just give it away. No disparagement on the way it was written; it's the subject matter that leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
Oct 08, 2009 Pat rated it really liked it
Sad to say this is her last book, she died 2008. I have enjoyed all of her books based in the area in which we live. I also enjoyed her characters. I know I will enjoy reading this one.
This was a good read, but totally new characters - I was hoping for some of the old characters (of course, she didn't know it would be her last bookL
Apr 08, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it
June 1, 2016 again book on tape. still like this one.

#2 re-read on 9-2-2011
Truman had died 10 months before my library got its copy of this book.
Amazing. Rosalie Curzon, a Washington, D.C., call girl, is found bludgeoned to death in her Adams-Morgan apartment

march 2010 book on tape i've read all her stuff, i thought years ago. i needed car stories. this was perfect.
Jun 19, 2012 Ferne rated it really liked it
From the "A Capital Crimes Novel" series. I've read several but I enjoyed it like it was the first one I ever read. I think the Associated Press said it best (about Margaret Truman as author), "She's up-to-the-minute. And she's good." I would have said great or terrific or ... but you get the drift! :)
Dec 22, 2008 Joyce rated it really liked it
This was, in my opinion, one of the best in the series. The plot, a murdered call girl and a hotly contested presidential election with a kidnapping thrown in, was complex and well planned. The cast of characters included a older racist cop, a young biracial cop and a woman cop, a philanderer, and various others who were as interesting and well considered. A very good read!
Fredrick Danysh
Jun 26, 2011 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
A call girl is murdered in Washington, DC, and the case lands the investigating team right in the middle of presidential campaign. Her clients included politicians and police officers. Add the internal strife of the homicide team investigating the death.
Denise Dougherty
Mar 17, 2014 Denise Dougherty rated it liked it
Am enjoying the Margaret Truman novels. They are good filler until Michael Lawson has a new book.

The story was interesting and involving. I liked the 2 police detective characters. The ending, once again, proves that adage: "... we have the government we deserve...".

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Mary Margaret Truman-Daniel, widely known throughout her life as "Margaret Truman", (February 17, 1924 — January 29, 2008) was an American singer who later became a successful writer. She was the only child of Harry S. Truman (33rd President of the United States) and his wife Bess.

Born in Independence, Missouri, she was christened Mary Margaret Truman (for her aunt Mary Jane Truman and her materna
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