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Murder on the Metro

(Capital Crimes #31)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  48 reviews
In Margaret Truman's Murder on the Metro, Jon Land's first thrilling addition to the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series, Robert Brixton uncovers a sinister plot threatening millions of American lives!

"A roller coaster of a novel." —David Baldacci, New York Times bestselling author

Israel: A drone-based terrorist attack kills dozens on a sun-splashed beach in C
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 16th 2021 by Forge Books
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Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Jon Land, Macmillan-Tor Forge, and Forge Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Having been passed the torch to continue Margaret Truman’s Capital Crimes series, Jon Land fills two pairs of very large shoes. Developing the Robert Brixton character a little more, Land is able to continue the narrative and show readers that this P.I. still has what it takes, especially when s
Sherry Fundin
I have been reading Jon Land’s books for decades, but have never read any of Margaret Truman’s Capital Crime series, until now. This was different from the Murder She Wrote and Caitlin Strong novels Jon writes and I loved it.

We start out with Lia and her granddaughter enjoying the beach…until the drones come and the bullets begin flying. It was a miracle they were still alive. Lia had retired from her job in the Elite Special Ops of the Israeli Army after suffering wounds that kept her at her de
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

I read and greatly enjoyed the original Capital Crimes Series written by Margaret Truman many, many years ago. I loved her insider knowledge about Washington and the political scene. They also had wonderful mysteries to solve and great characters. I've missed a lot of books between that time and this current book, but the same vibe is still here and Mackenzie Smith, much older
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Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“Murder on the Metro” is part of the “Capital Crimes Series” originally written by Margaret Truman. Jon Land has successfully continued the politically-based thriller series with this latest installment. The plot is compelling, grounded in truth, centered in headline grabbing international politics, but extending just beyond the edge of reality, at least for now.

Land gives readers an inside look at Washington D. C., the people who live there, work there, and die there. The first-ever female vic
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This the first Capital Crimes series I read and the first by Jon Land as well.
I read that the books in this series and by this author are excellent and was happy to be able to read and review this one.
This is a mix of political and action thriller, fast paced and extremely gripping. It kept me on the edge and reading even if there was a moment when I thought I was going to stop as it was a bit too strong for me.
My warning is that if you are a cat lover and a supporter of Amnesty International it
Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
I have only read a few of the 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗲 novels in the past, but they’ve all been excellent. This installment into the series was no exception! It was fast paced, highly addictive and definitely one I will be recommending!

When I read a thriller novel, I want all the intense feelings, and characters that chiseled with depth. This one had both. I instantly felt a part of the chase with Brixton & Rendine. Each twist and turn they went through to solve the happenings centered around the Capital,
MURDER ON THE METRO is the quintessential political thriller; hard-hitting, fast-paced, and simultaneously deft and timely in its examination of our nation’s power center. Jon Land has given readers an outstanding addition to Margaret Truman’s beloved series.

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Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Back when Margaret Truman wrote these books I use to read them all the time. After she passed I stopped reading them although she always had a following at our library even after Don Bain took over the duties. Now, there is another writer and this one has gotten me back into the Capital Crime series.

Two older, semi-retired operatives join forces to save the United States from itself in this thrilling, turbulent, action packed narrative. A president with a debilitating disease, a government in cr
Ray Palen
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
As I have gotten older, I have also become more nostalgic. As a lifelong reader I sometimes think about those authors who were personal favorites that have passed away during my lifetime. I am not talking about classic authors who have been gone for hundreds of years in some cases but those who I grew up reading that are no longer with us. Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, James Herbert, Peter Benchley, Richard Laymon … to name but a few. The saddest thing is that we not only lose all that creative ...more
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Murder on the Metro
Capital Crimes #31
By Margaret Truman, Jon Land
ISBN 9781250238870
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In Margaret Truman’s Murder on the Metro, Jon Land’s first thrilling addition to the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series, Robert Brixton uncovers a sinister plot threatening millions of American lives!

Israel: A drone-based terrorist attack kills dozens on a sun-splashed beach in Caesarea.

Washington: A
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As I have gotten older, I have become more nostalgic. As a lifelong reader, I sometimes think about some of my favorite authors who have passed away during my lifetime: Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, James Herbert, Peter Benchley and Richard Laymon, to name just a few. Not only do we lose all the creative genius that made their work so memorable, we lose their characters as well.

That is why I am so thankful that authors like Jon Land are just as nostalgic as I am, if not more so. In the past hand
Ray Moon
Dec 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Great Start — Questionable Ending At Least For Me

The novel opens with a retired Mossad grandmother enjoying the waters of Caesarea, Israel, with her granddaughter. The child was discovering her grandmother’s gunshot injuries when two drones buzz the beach and start shooting and killing everyone in sight. Next, the head of the Vice-President security detail has just left the VP in her bedroom for the night. The VP recently had heart surgery and is on a heart monitor. The VP flat lines and is dead
What could an amusement park maintenance man in Israel’s Judean Hills, an 85-year-old nun, the US Vice President, and a young Lebanese student have in common?

This powerful, fast-paced thriller is Jon Land’s first addition to the long-time series, and what a fabulous, all-absorbing novel it is! This is the first I’ve read in the series; I picked it up as a relatively new fan of the author and was absolutely captivated from the start. It can be read as a standalone as sufficient backstory is inclu
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing

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“You need to get somewhere safe,” one character tells another late in MURDER ON THE METRO, to which the other responds, “I don’t think there is such a place anymore.”

That should come as no surprise, given that Jon Land has picked up the writing duties in this 31st book in the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series originally conceived by Margaret Truman. After all, Land is no stranger to high stakes thrillers in which the countr
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In MURDER ON THE METRO, author Jon Land's first novel in the Capital Crimes series (originated by Margaret Truman), a drone attack on an Israeli beach kills or maims hundreds, a sitting vice president drops dead of a heart attack and a suicide bomber blows herself up on Washington, D.C.'s Metro system.

And that's just the book's prologue and first two chapters!

Three seemingly random events that come together in ways no one involved could've ever expected. One of the people on that beach is Lia Ga
Cheryl Malandrinos
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fast-paced, action-packed political thriller comes to you with Jon Land continuing Margaret Truman's Capital Crimes novels.

On a beach in Caesarea, Israel Lia Ganz enjoys playtime with her granddaughter. Moments later, dozens of dead lay strewn across the sand as a result of a drone-based terrorist attack. Lia, also known as The Lioness of Judah, is officially back in action, launching a crusade against the perpetrators of the attack.

That same morning, international private investigator Rober
Paul Sutter
The death of noted author Margaret Truman in 2008 caused a massive void in the world of mystery writing. Up until that time besides standalone thrillers, she had penned twenty-three books in the immensely popular Capital Crimes series. Since her death the books have continued under the expertise of Donald Bain.
Now it appears another author has taken over the series, one who needs little introduction. Jon Land is best noted for his Caitlin Strong series, and that series is a must read for this r
Erica WhimsicalyMe
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
In Margaret Truman's Murder on the Metro, Jon Land's first thrilling addition to the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series, Robert Brixton uncovers a sinister plot threatening millions of American lives!
📍Israel: A drone-based terrorist attack kills dozens on a sun-splashed beach in Caesarea.
📍Washington: America awakens to the shattering news that Vice President Stephanie Davenport has died of an apparent heart attack.
📍That same morning,on the Washington Metro, international
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
An excellent intrigue/mystery story. Lots of what I’m going to call pieces going on. I’m using the term “pieces” here because plots would sound as if this were a confusing read.’s not. I’m not sure how an author can put all of these singularly intriguing pieces together in a clear yet interwoven way. Everything touched everything in one way or another. No one event could have been triggered without the other in some way. The character in the book brings up a conundrum that I myself have ...more
Pat Fayo Reviews
Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is John Land’s first thrilling addition to the best selling Capital Crimes series. Ask yourself, what could be the commonalities between these characters: a nun, the VP of the US, a young Lebanese student, and a maintenance man working at an amusement park in Israel? Sounds impossible, right? Reading this book will take you along for a thrilling and exciting ride and the answer to this question.

If I had read this book five years ago, it would have sounded like a sci-fi genre to me. Given w
Thomas Bruso
Dec 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Margaret Truman’s “Murder on the Metro” is Jon Land’s propulsive new Capital Crimes thriller.

From the explosive start, a drone attack on the sun-kissed beach of Caesarea kills dozens of innocent lives, setting the novel into a hellish roller coaster ride that readers will not be able to put down.

Land’s gift for suspense impels a stronger story when he adds further tension to the plot involving Vice President Stephanie Davenport’s mysterious death due to an alleged heart attack.

When the third and
Mar 04, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel with a continuously moving plot and plenty of action. It was interesting to contemplate an Israeli operative (retired Mossad) helping save the United States from disaster. There is a nefarious conspiracy under way and a Secret Service agent works with a private investigator to figure out what is going on. Add the Israeli and an incarcerated nun and you have a recipe for a suspenseful thriller.

I felt there were a few unrealistic aspects to the plot, however. The hero, Robert,
Feb 12, 2021 rated it liked it
On a beach in Israel drones attack and kill dozens of people.
The Vice President of the United States unexpectedly dies from a heart attack.
On a Washington DC metro train a terrorist detonates a bomb.

On the surface there doesn’t seem to be any connections between these devastating events. But Robert Brixton, a private investigator, has questions. He was involved in the Metro bombing, thwarting the bomber who detonated the bomb outside the train car. As he investigates, along with the help of an
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A drone strike on the beach in Israel, a suicide bomber on the Metro and the Vice President’s death. Could they be connected?

It’s been close to 30 years since I read a Margaret Truman Capital Crimes novel. I used to read them all the time. I remember them being along the lines of a cozy mystery. And I’ve never read a Jon Land novel. I don’t know why I stopped and I’ve obviously been missing out on good books.

This book is more intense than I remember the series. The plot has a lot of moving part
Jillian Digiantonio
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have read several of Margaret Truman's Washington D.C. series over the years, prior to her death and after with Donald Bain. I always enjoyed the inside look to D.C. and the intrigue that comes along with it. Jon Land takes over after Donald Bain's death and continues the story of Robert Brixton with a small role for Mackenzie Smith of the earlier books.

I will be the first to admit I have struggled with Jon Land's Murder She Wrote novels (I'm a HUGE fan) when he first took over. However, he h
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Two seemingly unrelated terrorist attacks, separated by an ocean and many countries, are not what they appear!

This is the 31st book in the Margaret Truman Capital Crimes series (though it's written by a different author since Ms. Truman passed away). However, I did not feel at a loss for not having read the previous 30 entries. The characters are well-developed and explained. The book continues to amp up in intensity as the plot thickens. To say the least, it's a wild ride... that doesn't seem
Margaret Yelton
Mar 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was the first Jon Land's book that I have read, and I will have to say it was a adventure. It felt like the first couple chapters that I was reading two different books at once, until I finally saw the course the book was taking and intertwining the two stoylines into making one book. I really enjoyed the book, and having read several of the reviews I am lead to believe that this author has taking over writing a series that was started by someone else. If that was the case I found it to be ...more
Kathleen Gray
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is a big departure from the Margaret Truman Washington mysteries I used to read. This is an action packed thriller with three people - Robert Brixton, Kendra Rendine, and Lia Ganz-trying to stop a giant conspiracy. There's suicide bombers, the assassination of the Vice President, an evil First Lady, and all sorts of other things. I suspect that the real audience for this might miss it because of the Truman association, despite the fact that Jon Land, who is expert at this genre, has taken o ...more
Denice Langley
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I started reading Margaret Truman murder mysteries in 1980 with her first one, Murder in the White House, and have yet to read a less than excellent title. Jon Land has continued her excellent work.
As always, several story threads will run at the same time, a drone attack on a group of beach goers, an attempted bombing on a DC metro and the death of the vice president under suspicious circumstances. As our favorite investigative characters work together to link the crimes and solve them before t
Gather the threads of several plots and braid them into a coherent whole complete with several in depth studies of the main protagonists and you have an idea of what this riveting book is like. Unputdownable. A classic Capital Crimes mystery with lots of domestic and international intrigue updated to the plots of terrorism.
It's been too long since I've read any of the Capital Crimes but now I have to go putter around in some of the unread!
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Macmillan
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Jon Land is an American author of thriller novels and a screenwriter. He graduated from Brown University in 1979 Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude. He often bases his novels and scripts on extensive travel and research as well as a twenty-five year career in martial arts. He is an associate member of the US Special Forces and is an emeritus board member the International Thriller Writers. John cu ...more

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