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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: GP Putnam And Sons (Oct. 14 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399150900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399150906
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.1 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,650,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.
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From Booklist

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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By Simon Crowe on 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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Format: Hardcover
The players who live hard and fast in today's vitriolic political environment are the driving force in Stuart Woods's newest thriller, CAPITAL CRIMES. He brings back Will Lee, the former senator from Georgia, who is now President of the United States. His wife, Katherine Rule Lee, wields power as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. She was "appointed to that post by her husband, after an act of Congress had allowed him to do so." Together, with the help of Robert Kinney, the FBI's deputy director for Criminal Investigations and a law enforcement crew from different agencies, they must stop a killer who is assassinating conservative politicians.
The timely story reflects so much of what is happening in America --- the divided factions of ideologues whose issues arise from their personal philosophies; the narrow-minded politicos who believe their doctrines are the only ones that count; the power hungry officials who lose sight of their original commitment to their constituents; the anger among the disenfranchised electorate; and the compelling themes of good vs. bad, them against us, whose rights are primary, and ultimately, does fiction reflect the truth about the world as we think we know it and how it is run. The lines between "Liberals" and "Conservatives" merge because anyone with an agenda and gun just needs to point and shoot.
CAPITAL CRIMES is a fast read, but that doesn't diminish its impact.
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Format: Hardcover
Just when we were getting a little tired of playboy detective Stone Barrington, and while we enjoy Woods' fairly new Holly Barker series, along comes the latest entry in the Will Lee series. Will is now U.S. President, but truthfully his role is little more than "keep me informed" in this new political thriller. The plot gets going fast as a right-wing senator, and then in short order, a rightist talk show host, are apparently assassinated. It takes a couple more killings before the FBI/CIA team chasing the killer gets some solid enough leads to go into action. The second half is the typical race to catch the bad guy while he plots his next victims, but the suspense and cleverness of the assassin kept us turning pages into the night. The story was somewhat reminiscent of Woods' last Barrington novel, "Dirty Work", which featured the resourceful female executioner "La Biche". With maybe tongue in cheek, the author gives a bit part to British secret agent "Carpenter" (from that book), whose brief appearance in "Crimes" serves to actually tie the two books together a little bit.
Woods' novels rarely fail to please and this compelling story line, crisp writing, and slightly untidy ending make for another good addition to his bibliography. Enjoy!
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Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of novels by Stuart Woods. This latest novel is the 4th in the Will Lee series.
Someone with a great knowledge of how to kill people in many different ways has gone out and started assinating right-wing conservatives. Deputy Director Robert Kinney must figure out who is commiting these crimes. Will Lee, the president, and his wife Kate Rule Lee, the CIA Director, are there to help Mr. Kinney in his quest to find the assassin. The relationship between Kate Rule Lee and her mentor gone bad, Ed Rawls, is revisited when Ed sends information to Kate concerning the murders.
A couple of things that I didn't like: I felt that some of the characters were sort of flat. We never get a sense of who Robert Kinney really is and what his interests are. Also, there is no real explanation as to why the assassin wants to kill right-wing conservatives other than the fact that he doesn't agree with their politics. It would have been nice for there to have been some kind of underlying reason for the killings other than the guy just felt like doing it. Lastly, even though this novel is presented as a "Will Lee" novel, the story really centers around Robert Kinney with Will and Kate being supporting characters to the story. It should be interesting to see what Mr. Woods does in the future with these characters.
As always, Woods creates a great plotline and a hard-to-put-down page turner despite some of the characteristics that the novel is lacking (hence the reason for 4 stars instead of 5). Mr. Woods will continue to be my favorite author, even if I don't agree with his political views.
I would recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a quick and easy read!
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