Margaret Truman's Murder at the CDC A capital crimes novel

Jon Land

Book - 2022

"2002: A military transport on a secret run to dispose of its deadly contents vanishes without a trace. The present: A mass shooting on the steps of the Capitol nearly claims the life of Robert Brixton's grandson. No stranger to high-stakes investigations, Brixton embarks on a trail to uncover the motive behind the shooting. On the way he finds himself probing the attempted murder of the daughter his best friend, who works at the Washington offices of the CDC. The connection between th...e mass shooting and Alexandra's poisoning lies in that long-lost military transport that has been recovered by forces determined to change America forever. Those forces are led by radical separatist leader Deacon Frank Wilhyte, whose goal is nothing short of bringing on a second Civil War. Brixton joins forces with Kelly Lofton, a former Baltimore homicide detective. She has her own reasons for wanting to find the truth behind the shooting on the Capitol steps, and is the only person with the direct knowledge Brixton needs. But chasing the truth places them in the cross-hairs of both Wilhyte's legions and his Washington enablers"--

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Series
Truman, Margaret, 1924-2008. Capital crimes series ; 32
Subjects
Genres
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction
Novels
Published
New York : Forge 2022.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Item Description
"A Tom Doherty Associates book"
Physical Description
291 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250238894
1250238897
Main Author
Jon Land (author)
Other Authors
Margaret Truman, 1924-2008 (creator)
Review by PW Annex Reviews

At the start of Land's strong second contribution to the Truman franchise (after 2021's Murder on the Metro), a shooting on the Capitol steps leaves 18 dead and many others critically wounded. Capitol police officer Kelly Loftus, lawyer Mackensie Smith, and Mackensie's best friend, PI Robert Brixton, join the effort to investigate the horrific crime. Kelly finds what she believes may be a lead, one too tenuous to turn over to the authorities without further investigation. Meanwhile, Robert's 14-year-old grandson is among the youngsters who survived the shooting. Mackensie, too, is directly touched by tragedy when his beautiful and whip-smart daughter, Alexandra, who works for the Washington office of the Centers for Disease Control, is hospitalized, and her colleague dies from an unknown poison. In the end, Kelly, Mackensie, and Robert get involved in a dangerous mission to stop a cataclysmic event that could reshape democracy in America. The complicated, traumatic backstories Land constructs for each of his leads never slow the plot, which addresses a host of hot topics such as bullying and school shootings, as it races to a cinematic conclusion. Political thriller fans will be pleased. Agent: Robert G. Diforio, D4EO Literary. (Feb.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Discovering a link between a mass shooting on the steps of the Capitol and the attempted murder of a CDC employee, Brixton joins forces with a former Baltimore homicide detective to stop a radical separatist from bringing on a second Civil War. 30,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"2017: A military transport on a secret run to dispose of its deadly contents vanishes without a trace. The present: A mass shooting on the steps of the Capitol nearly claims the life of Robert Brixton's grandson. No stranger to high-stakes investigations, Brixton embarks on a trail to uncover the motive behind the shooting. On the way he finds himself probing the attempted murder of the daughter of his best friend, who works at the Washington offices of the CDC. The connection between the mass shooting and Alexandra's poisoning lies in that long-lost military transport that has been recovered by forces determined to change America forever. Those forces are led by radical separatist leader Deacon Frank Wilhyte, whose goal is nothing short of bringing on a second Civil War. Brixton joins forces with Kelly Loftus, a former Baltimore homicide detective. She has her own reasons for wanting to find the truth behind the shooting on the Capitol steps, and is the only person with the direct knowledge Brixton needs. But chasing the truth places them in the cross-hairs of both Wilhyte's legions and his Washington enablers"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Murder and intrigue on the steps of the United States capital building pulls Robert Brixton into his most personal case yet, in Margaret Truman's Murder at the CDC2017: A military transport on a secret run to dispose of its deadly contents vanishes without a trace.The present: A mass shooting on the steps of the Capitol nearly claims the life of Robert Brixton’s grandson.No stranger to high-stakes investigations, Brixton embarks on a trail to uncover the motive behind the shooting. On the way he finds himself probing the attempted murder of the daughter his best friend, who works at the Washington offices of the CDC.The connection between the mass shooting and Alexandra’s poisoning lies in that long-lost military transport that has been recovered by forces determined to change America forever. Those forces are led by radical separatist leader Deacon Frank Wilhyte, whose goal is nothing short of bringing on a second Civil War.Brixton joins forces with Kelly Lofton, a former Baltimore homicide detective. She has her own reasons for wanting to find the truth behind the shooting on the Capitol steps, and is the only person with the direct knowledge Brixton needs. But chasing the truth places them in the cross-hairs of both Wilhyte’s legions and his Washington enablers.