Deadly intrigue, breathtaking twists, and exhilarating suspense await in the third book of Phillip Margolin’s New York Times bestselling Washington Trilogy. Hot on the heels of Supreme Justice, Margolin delivers another heart-pounding thriller featuring private investigator Dana Cutler and lawyer Brad Miller, who are forced by a terrorist attack on a football stadium—and b...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
I found myself wanting to get to the root of how two seemingly independent sto ...more
I like that this one took place in Oregon, where I am originally from and then in Washington DC. Some of the places I recognize and I like that I can identify with places or have been there.
I am giving this 5 ou ...more
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 ...more
Brad Miller is distressed to learn that the deat ...more
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 ...more
Look, I get it. Mr. Margolin hasn't been laid since the 90's. But that's no excuse to w ...more
Take it for what it is, a good way to spend a plane ride, or burn a few hours at the pool. Practice your page-turning skills and do not engage your mind, you will be fine!
If you didn't read the first two Dana Cutler novels you missed part of the story. I didn't find this novel up to Margolin's usual standard