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Overview

In a sparsely populated area north of Los Angeles, the police are summoned to a medical emergency. They arrive to find a man sprawled on the sidewalk with no indications of injury, or of life. What happens next sets off a deadly chain of events that takes the FBI on a desperate cross-country investigation. In Capitol Punishment, Special Agents "Frankie" Aguirre and Art Jefferson are in pursuit of a white supremacist - John Barrish - who has in his arsenal a nerve agent so lethal that the smallest amounts can cause mass death. Barrish has struck before - in the St. Anthony's shooting, when four black children were killed in cold blood on their way to church. Now he is bolder, and his plan for destruction goes far beyond simple homicide. Barrish plans to strike a blow to the heart of the American government in Washington, D.C.

An electrifying new political thriller from the bestselling author of Thunder One and October's Ghost. In a remote area, police are summoned to a medical emergency and find a man sprawled on the ground with no indications of injury--or of life. His demise sets off a deadly chain of events that takes the FBI on a desperate cross-country investigation to uncover clues to a diabolical plot.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This would-be techno-thriller initially appears to have the requisite action ingredients. While the Russians and Americans are at a delicate point in disarmament talks, a U.S. submarine vanishes. In Cuba, as an anti-Castro revolt nears success, Castro launches an atomic warhead hidden for 30 years. Then an FBI agent is gunned down in L.A. by Cuban hit men out to silence a defector. But almost immediately, Pearson's ( Cloudburst ) sprawling, overcrowded novel becomes mired in its own excesses. Events escalate at a barely manageable rate, as informers are chased, a boozing journalist survives one narrow escape after another, and the LA police try to solve domestic crimes with international overtones. In addition to an overwhelming number of poorly defined characters and turgid prose, the novel suffers from Pearson's incomplete mastery of present and past events as he mingles history with speculation. Some readers may also be short-circuited by all the techno-babble. Still, this partial misfire provides ample fodder for conspiracy buffs and military historians to chew on. (July)
Library Journal
Pearson (Cloudburst, Morrow, 1993) delivers another riveting technothriller, using many of the same characters that appeared in his debut novel. A complex web of plots include a plan by Cuban rebel forces and the CIA to overthrow Castro in a modern Bay of Pigs (hence the title); a sensitive and vulnerable cooperative effort between the United States and Russia to modernize Russia's defense systems; and Castro's plans to launch a secretly held nuclear missile. Two FBI special agents become involved when a Cuban defector tries to warn the United States about the weapon. When the U.S. government finally finds out about the weapon, it prepares against a nuclear attack and warn Russia. The Russians are justifiably skeptical; while trying to convince them that the threat is indeed from Cuba, the CIA sends its Delta force to Cuba to secure and defuse the bomb. Actions and heroics build as the ``good guys'' win the day and Cuba gains a new leader. Highly recommended.-Stacie Browne Chandler, Plymouth P.L., Mass.
New York Times - Newgate Callender
"The writing is clean, with natural-sounding dialogue and a plot that is all too believable. And the message is distressing."
Orlando Sentinel - Ann Hellmuth
"Capitol Punishment is a tough, hard-pounding story that is difficult to put down."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688129835
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/1995
  • Series: Art Jefferson and Frankie Aguirre Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Ryne Douglas Pearson is an accomplished novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of several novels, including Cloudburst, October's Ghost, Capitol Punishment, Simple Simon, Top Ten, The Donzerly Light, All For One, and Confessions. He is also the author of the short story collection, Dark and Darker. His novel Simple Simon was made into the film Mercury Rising. As a screenwriter he has worked on numerous movies. The film Knowing, based on his original script, was released in 2009 and opened #1 at the box office. Receiving Four Stars from Roger Ebert, who branded it 'among the best science-fiction films I've seen', it went on to earn more than $180 million worldwide. He has also done uncredited work on films such as the remakes of The Day The Earth Stood Still and The Eye.

Despite the often 'dark' nature of his novels and films, Pearson has been noted to have a 'sweet, disarming quality' by Entertainment Weekly-an accusation he has been unable to shake. When not writing he is usually thinking about writing, or touting the wonders of bacon in online conversations. He is addicted to diet soda and the sound of his children laughing. A west coast native, he lives in California with his wife, children, a Doberman Shepherd and a Beagle Vizsla.
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