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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; Reprint edition (Jan. 29 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449001962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449001967
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.6 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,401,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Mass Market Paperback
another great book by Margaret Truman. The beginning was a bang and the ending a climax.
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Margaret Truman's mysteries are always fun to read. They are low-key, have a minimum of gory details, and have twists to keep things interesting. This time, we have the murder of a Canadian diplomat and destruction of three commuter planes in flight, killing passengers and crew. We watch the investigation of the crimes through the eyes of a Washington Post reporter, a CIA operative, and several FBI agents. Simultaneous destruction of three planes points to terrorists, but which terrorists? When the CIA man and the reporter find the answer, the story shifts into high gear during the last 100 pages for a breathtaking ending. All in all, it's an enjoyable book for relaxation.
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In the aftermath of the September 11th tragedy, it is eerie that the same number of planes suffers similar disasters. This book is a little below par of her other books. The absence (in a crime-solving capacity) of Mac and Annabel Smith left a void in the story. The other characters were predictable and not well developed. In all, it was a good story that needed more work on the characters.
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If you like Margaret Truman's other "Murder ... " books, you'll like this one. If you don't, you won't.
The relatively predictable characters and writing are familiar here. The only twist is that this book is about terrorists shooting passenger planes out of the sky, which gives the reader an odd feeling after 9/11.
Truman's books are great if you're looking for something to take to the beach or read on a weekend. They're easily read and the plots are interesting enough to make them page-turners.
If you're looking for serious fiction, you'll be disappointed. But my recommendation is to enjoy Truman's books for what they are -- fun novels for when you're in the mood for a quick read.
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By A Customer on Nov. 12 2001
Format: Hardcover
I only recently read this book and was stunned to discover many of the same scenarios as 9/11! It was very disturbing to think that perhaps this type of terrorism was anticipated as far back as when Ms. Truman began this book. The story is too real.
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Format: Hardcover
The "bad guy" in this "Capital Crimes" outing is a rather generic white supremacist. We find out about him in a strained set of coincidences that will at best disappoint serious readers, if not infuriate them. Finally, the episodic nature of the book, while it gives the story a sense of immediacy, fails to develop any of the story lines with enough depth. Instead of one good story, we have three mediocre ones.
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The "bad guy" in this "Capital Crimes" outing is a rather generic white supremacist. We find out about him in a strained set of coincidences that will at best disappoint serious readers, if not infuriate them. Finally, the episodic nature of the book, while it gives the story a sense of immediacy, fails to develop any of the story lines with enough depth. Instead of one good story, we have three mediocre ones.
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The umpteenth in Truman's detective series set in Washington DC isn't much better than those that went before. On the one hand, Truman seems to be overcoming her irritating limitation in the earlier books to do little real research about Washington's institutions, but to spend too much time writing about restaurants and cocktail bars. On the other, she shows no signs of overcoming her other, more serious, limitations. Namely, her inability to develop credible male characters -a debilitating handicap in a detective novelist- and thin plotting.
Truman clearly has done some homework about the State Department. "Murder in Foggy Bottom" begins with the death of a Canadian diplomat in Foggy Bottom, the Washington neighborhood where the State Department is headquartered. However, it could have used an editorial review by someone with more familiarity with the federal government. The State Department does not have "divisions" as Truman writes, but rather bureaus. Likewise, overseas embassies don't have divisions either, but sections. Nobody except dime-store novelists call CIA "the Company", there are no Trade Representatives at embassies, but Commercial Officers who are employees not of the State Department, but the Commerce Department. On and on. Truman just doesn't get the details of the federal bureaucracy right. The denouement, where contradictions between information provided by an FBI agent and by a Russian criminal, fails miserably. No president would stake his administration on whether an FBI agent provides better information than any other source. No, a real president would respond with caution, not hot-headed vanity to start another Waco.
Truman is weak at "guy stuff". She just doesn't draw credible male characters.
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