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Capitol Murder by Phillip Margolin
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really liked it
bookshelves: political-intrigue, thriller
Recommended 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. Having said that, it wasn't a bad investment as a $5.98 markdown at B&N.


The Plot to take Down FedEx Field in DC. A US soldier in Afghanistan gets separated from his unit which is wiped out and he is declared dead. He finds his way to Pakistan and becomes friendly with the jihadists, and is soon center stage for a terrorist plot to blow up Redskins Stadium during a game. On the US front, several players are involved with providing support and money via shady enterprises. SEN Jack Carson has hired Brad Miller to be his staff researcher but he is soon drawn into the findings of friend Dana Cutler who is investigating Carson's peccadillos for Exposed magazine. When the FedEx plot is discovered and smashed, the Feds snatch Ron Tolliver before his handler can kill him. Dana is hired to provide background investigation for well heeled DC attorney Bobby Schatz after he takes on Tolliver as a client. The FBI screw up and record part of an attorney-client conversation that Ginny Striker finds while filing FBI reports away. She gets a copy to Dana and Tolliver is ultimately released from prison. Parallel to this, serial killer Clarence Little is released from prison when his case is appealed and he begins cleaning up loose ends from his past. He shows up at the 11th hour to save Brad and SEN Carson when the jihadist cleanup man Mustafa is about to kill them at Carson's home. Carson is humiliated by the evidence of his sadistic sexual past as well as his aid's knowledge of the FedEx plot. When Dana discovers treachery in the way she and Ginny were place in their positions, she confronts the coconspirators of the caper. Ron Tolliver was the CIA's mole inside the jihadist cell, while Rafik Nasrallah was their mole inside of the jihadists. After Tollison's arrest, he had to be sprung from incarceration, so Emil Ibanescu asked Bobby Schatz to represent Tolliver, go to the DoJ and confront Terry Crawford that he was Tolliver's lawyer. Crawford expected Ginny to slip the interrogation screw-up to Dana, and then Shatz could have his client released on prosecutorial misconduct. Dana confronts the trio in NYC to insure that her friend Ginny is not made the sacrificial lamb in the whole affair.
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January 29, 2014 – Shelved
January 29, 2014 – Shelved as: political-intrigue
January 29, 2014 – Shelved as: thriller
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