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Murder in Foggy Bottom by Margaret Truman
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Nov 24, 11

bookshelves: fall-2011, thriller-mystery
Read from November 12 to 13, 2011

Foggy Bottom was built on a swamp, but the D.C. real estate is home to the Kennedy Center and the State Department. Murders don’t often happen here. The corpse is well dressed and Post reporter Joe Patamos is going to find out who has killed the Canadian. But his story will have to wait. Three planes have been shot out of the sky. Russian SAMs have been found at all of the scenes and all of the alphabet agencies been investigating.

The Russians are suspect, yet the FBI strongly suspects a Washington state Neo-Nazi Militia. CIA operative Max Pauling is sent to Russia to gather Intel on the weapons as well as a potential link to the down planes that killed over 4 score American men, women, and children. Patamos believes that the body found in Foggy Bottom is relevant and both he and Pauling discover the link to the murder and the terrorist attack about the same time, but in separate hemispheres.

Written in 2000, Truman keeps the suspense taut and captures the fear that all Americans felt that September morning in 2001. The characters are well developed and likable, but I felt that the story line could have been better developed.

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