Margaret Truman's Undiplomatic Murder

Margaret Truman's Undiplomatic Murder

A Capital Crimes Novel

Book - 2014
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"Private investigator Robert Brixton has always hated Washington. Against his better judgment, he decides to stick around and take a job as an agent in a new State Department security agency headed by his former boss at the Washington P.D. After work one day he meets his youngest daughter Janet for a drink at an outdoor cafe. Shockingly, a young Arabic woman blows herself up, killing Janet and a dozen others. Seeking revenge for his daughter, Brixton follows the tracks of the bomber to a powerful senator's son"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Forge/A Tom Doherty Associates Book, ©2014
ISBN: 9780765333674
Branch Call Number: BAIN
Characteristics: 384 pages ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Truman, Margaret 1924-2008


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wilbraham Sep 08, 2014

A very interesting and alarming story, although the pace seems slower than in the earlier Margaret Truman's novels. A new hero, Robert Brixton, predictably a good friend of Mackensie and Annabel Smith. Three points in the book make some good food for reflection.

1. On p. 133, "850,000 people working on homeland security have top-secret clearances -- more than the whole population of Washington, D.C."

2. In numerous scenes of questioning by various security agencies, no mention is made of whether the individuals, who mostly are not under arrest, have to answer or even talk to the government agents, while not being in court under oath?

3. The hero cannot fly on a commercial airliner with two persons he saves from a murderous gun-running cult leader in Hawaii, because neither has any ID. There is NO LAW that requires a US citizen to carry an ID, and I usually raise this question at the airports with the Federal TSA agents at check-in. None of the answers received so far are satisfactory.

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