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Capital Crimes [Hardcover]

Stuart Woods
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Oct. 14 2003 Woods, Stuart
Someone is out to kill the nation's high-level politicos in this electrifying new thriller in the bestselling Will Lee series.

Will Lee, the courageous and uncompromising senator from Georgia, is back -- now as President of the United States, in this fifth book of the New York Times bestselling series. When a prominent conservative politician is killed inside his lakeside cabin, authorities have no suspect in sight. Then two more seemingly isolated deaths-achieved by very different means-are feared to be linked to the same murderer. With the help of his CIA director wife, Kate Rule Lee, Will is thrust in the middle of the deadly game to catch the most clever and professional of killers before he can strike again.

From a quiet D.C. suburb to the corridors of power to a deserted island hideaway in Maine, Will, Kate, and the FBI track their man and set a trap with extreme caution and care-and await the most dangerous kind of quarry, a killer with a cause to die for.

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From Publishers Weekly

In this humdrum political thriller, the latest in the Will Lee series (The Run, etc.), William Henry Lee IV, former senator from Georgia, has graduated to the presidency of the United States. He's living comfortably in the White House with his wife, Katharine Rule Lee, director of the CIA, when a series of murders threatens the nation's political equanimity. Ex-CIA man Ted Fay has begun a lone wolf vendetta against selected right-wing big shots. Ted opens the hostilities by sniping hypocritical Republican Sen. Frederick Wallace of South Carolina, a known bigot who spends his free time committing adultery in a remote mountain cabin with his lover of 20 years, African-American Elizabeth Johnson. President Lee turns to longtime Deputy Director Robert Kinney of the FBI to investigate the murder. When Kinney is asked who shot the senator, his answer gives some measure of Wallace's popularity: "We've narrowed the list of people with a motive to about ten thousand." Assassin Ted has a Web site with a rogue's gallery of politicians, judges, media personalities and others whose policies he deems objectionable. As he ingeniously does away with each in turn, a large X is placed over the corresponding picture. Because Will and Kathy are staunch Democrats and Ted is such a partisan killer, the reader knows that neither is in any danger; this defuses suspense other than that generated by a standard cat-and-mouse hunt. And as Ted is the most interesting character in the book, one begins to secretly root for him and his mission, thus confusing the issue even further. This is not Woods's best, but he's such a pro even a lackluster outing still delivers a mildly diverting read.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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After focusing on Stone Barrington and Holly Barker in his most recent books, Woods turns back to the hero of his early novels, Will Lee. Will is now president of the U.S., and his wife, Kate, is the director of the CIA. Both will be put to the test when a prominent conservative senator, Frederick Wallace, is shot dead at his lakeside cabin. Wallace had many enemies and even kept files full of the dirty secrets of his adversaries. But the murder doesn't appear to be an isolated incident after a car bomb kills a conservative radio personality. Someone with weapons skills is targeting conservatives, and Will and Kate need to find out if the person is a former agent of the U.S. government. Traitorous former CIA agent Ed Rawls, on his last legs in an Atlanta prison, thinks he can identify the killer but will help only in exchange for a pardon. The FBI's deputy director, Bob Kinney, is put on the case, but every lead Bob comes up with seems to end up at a dead end--with one more body added to the mix. Though Will doesn't factor heavily into the most exciting sequences, an old friend from the Stone Barrington series shows up and the dogged Kinney pursues the case relentlessly. Exciting reading for Woods' many fans. Kristine Huntley
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first Will Lee novel! June 21 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read all of Woods' Stone Barrington novels, I had no doubts that this book would be anything but great!
Will Lee is the President of the United States, and his wife is the head of the CIA. Though they are advertised as the main charaters, I didn't feel that their parts were that involved in the storyline.
To quickly sum up the story, a highly trained assassin is killing very prominent figures in the US government. Throughout the story you will follow those trying to track down this crazed man/woman, as they race this mad person before he/she kills others. And as I hate to give away too much information, just know that this book is a fast read that you will not be able to put down until the end.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Democrats rule - Republicans drool - geesh! June 15 2004
By Pamela
Format:Hardcover
A very disappointing and not-so-novel premise of bumbling, stupid, inept, hypocritical right-wing Republicans, sleezing their way through Capital Hill with the saavy, young, energetic, superior intellectual Democrats covering their asses. This book oozes of polital bias and a lame plot complete with the FBI director actually satisfied, well, let's say not disappointed, with the sniper shooting of one of the victims, a conservative SOB (all conservatives are in this book)who is a senator. As an avid reader, I just get tired of the same predictable stories and villains in current fiction. Do authors honestly think their readers are buying (no pun intended) this fodder? Woods needs to stick with the Barrington line and phase out the Will Lee novels if this is all he can come up with. Trust me, this is no "Chiefs", which is unfortunate.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A good beach book May 27 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
As a long-time fan of Stuart Woods, I just hate to say it but his novels are just getting too simple, predictable and just plain mediocre, and this book is not an exception. Both the characters and story are not very well developed in this one. I like my thrillers to be a bit more challenging and provide a little more excitement. I always liked the Will Lee character, so thought I was in for a good read. However, Will's role is on the sidelines and the new character, Kinney, just doesn't have a lot of depth. It was just very light reading suitable for a time when one wants to lie on the beach and not have to think too much.
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2.0 out of 5 stars low key action April 27 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
CAPITAL CRIMES, a slapdash poltical novel, involves the FBI's pursuit of a serial killer who is targeting well-known right wing figures - a talk show host, a supreme court justice, etc. The killer is someone with a wealth of technical knowledge and capability to carry out elaborate murders, and for most of the book there's little suspense as to how he'll behave. The murder victims are all caricatured as leering idiots
A deputy FBI director is put in charge of the case and for much of the book seems to be one of only 2 competent people in the bureau, along with his young sidekick. The FBI director, for no particular reason, is made into a preening buffoon. CAPITAL CRIMES is filled with improbabilities. One character repeatedly ignores communications about the identity of the killer, and the killer himself publishes his intended targets on a website. A subplot involving a British raid on the web server goes nowhere. There's nothing the least bit original or interesting in this book. Skip it .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! Feb. 6 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is the fifth book in a long series by Woods, and in my opinion, the best of the lot. He never seems to run out of steam and his characters are always believable and well thought out--as are his plots. Highly recommended.
Also recommended: THE SECOND CHAIR and BARK OF THE DOGWOOD
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Will Lee story - but no the best. Jan. 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
Will Lee is back in this Stuart Woods Novel. This is not one of the best ones he has had in the series. Though, a lot of the old characters are back from this series. Will is president and one of his most notable opponents is found shot dead in his retreat cabin. Then another opponent of that Will Lee stand for is blown up.
Before long (with the help of a kid) the FBI is able to find a web page that tracks the potential victims. But, who is doing the killing?
I found this one to be a good thriller but not up to the standards of the normal Woods stories. Many of the characters we already know and they don't develop a whole lot. You do have a couple of tricks and turns in the story, especially near the end. I felt he spent a bit of this book setting up the next one, which means I am glad I listened to this one or I would be lost. Not a bad listen but not in my top 5 Stuart Woods books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite enjoyable and really 3+ stars Dec 29 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A good, quick thriller read. I could barely put it down. Stone Barrington is a little slick for me at times. This Will Lee book is just right even though Will Lee is a peripheral character. This book also reminds me a little bit of Baldacchi another great thriller writer. Hope that Woods brings Kinney back, the real hero here. I'm amazed that the author can juggle 3 series.
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Format:Hardcover
I'm back from our Christmas trip to visit the relatives, so it's time to get caught up on a book review. Yesterday I started (and finished) Capital Crimes by Stuart Woods. Woods brings back one of his earlier characters (Will Lee) in this political crime mystery. I must say I like the Stone Barrington novels better... A serial killer is starting to pick off a number of right-wing government officials and media celebrities. A web site is discovered that shows who is on the list to be killed, and the FBI has to figure it out quickly before he strikes again. Perhaps it's because I haven't read the prior Will Lee novels in awhile, but this book lacked any depth or substance. The story is OK, but the characters are just "there". Not much development if they were meant to stand on their own in this book. If there's no other recreational reading to be had, I'd say go for it, but if you have other titles you want to start first, this one can wait.
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