Murder at the Watergate (Capital Crimes Series #15)

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The Watergate in Washington, D.C., is one of the world's most famous addresses—          although not everyone knows exactly what it is. This imposing, fabulous complex is made up of a hotel, residences, restaurants, offices, shops, and more. It is a haven for the famous after they break out and, on occasion, for the infamous when they break in. Its very name has become part of our history.
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Overview

The Watergate in Washington, D.C., is one of the world's most famous addresses—          although not everyone knows exactly what it is. This imposing, fabulous complex is made up of a hotel, residences, restaurants, offices, shops, and more. It is a haven for the famous after they break out and, on occasion, for the infamous when they break in. Its very name has become part of our history.
           Margaret Truman, herself the bearer of one of the world's most famous names, knows Washington's ins and outs, including who is "in" and who is "out." In this absorbing, timely Capital Crimes mystery, she shows us around this fascinating city that is America's center of power and—some would say—corruption. Some of those who are "out" here are very dead indeed.
           The glittering cast of characters includes Vice President Joe Aprile, who plans to become president, if he can avoid a tempting vice; a glamorous Washington hostess and fund-raiser, Elfie Dorrance, with a propensity for marrying rich and powerful men and then grieving prettily at the end—their end; and Chris Hedras, a special assistant to the vice president, with some very special ambitions. And, of course, Annabel Smith, gallery owner, and Mac Smith, law school professor. The story deals in part with the influence on political campaigns of "soft money" and its hard consequences, as well as this country's tortuous and often ambiguous relationship with Mexico, in particular the glorious San Miguel de Allende, home of the well-to-do, and a few ill-to-do, a place involving drugs, politics, and police and politicians looking the other way.
           Once again Margaret Truman offers a delight to the reader who likes a fast-turning page, the pleasure of inside information, the allure of high life crossing paths with lowlife, and the return of the attractive crime-solving couple Mac and Annabel

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Truman's capital crime wave reaches 15 volumes ("Murder in the House", 1997, etc.) as the locale in which one presidency died becomes the focus for a murder that may doom the aspirations of a would-be president. Vice President Joseph Aprile, whose code name "Straight Arrow" will make readers think of Al Gore, is determined to stake out a position on Mexico different from his president's as he prepares to seek the Oval Office in the next election. Mackensie Smith, law professor at George Washington University and a friend of Aprile's, is in an ideal position to help, since he is already scheduled to be in Mexico as a U.N. election observer. When Mackensie accepts a clandestine assignment to meet with a Mexican rebel leader on Aprile's behalf, he is launched into a dangerous and deadly game involving diplomats and assassins, politicians and traitors, aristocrats and rebels. Truman's characterizations--from hard-driven deputy chief of staff Chris Hedras to wealthy party hostess Elfie Dorrance--remain fairly shallow. But her plot is well grounded in the realities of Mexico-U.S. relations, and she manages a couple of nasty surprises that enliven the all too predictable finish.
Library Journal
When perennial crime solvers Mac and Annabel Smith moved into the Watergate, they hardly expected to be next door to the campaign headquarters of presidential aspirant Joseph Abrile, currently the vice presidentand they hardly expected him to be targeted for assassination by Mexican drug lords.
Kirkus Reviews
As if it weren't already notorious enough for the break-in in Room 723 (now a one-room museum, as Truman announces in one of her atypically few insider notes), Washington's Watergate Hotel has become a kill zone from top (a researcher pushed from the roof gardens) to bottom (a Mexican union organizer gunned down in the basement garage). The link between the two killings is The Mexico Initiative, a nationalist lobby with close ties to the revolutionaries bent on overthrowing the PRI, Mexico's long-ensconced ruling party. Since it's important for US Vice President Joseph Aprile to make sure he's on the right side of the issue, he sends his old friend, crime-solving law prof Mackensie Smith ("Murder in the House", 1997, etc.), south of the border to monitor the upcoming elections, and incidentally to serve as his unofficial envoy, perhaps even to meet with revolutionary leader Carlos Unzaga. It's a ticklish assignment, one that takes both Mac and his creator well out of their comfort zones. Beltway veteran Truman spices the tale with irrelevant reminiscences of power-broker Elfie Dorrance's four late husbands and juicier hints of scandals close to home, but the Mexican intrigue is marked by political analysis no deeper than you'd get from the next tourist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449001943
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Series: Capital Crimes Series , #15
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 324,013
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

In addition to a steady stream of D.C.-based mystery novels, Margaret Truman has produced seven books of nonfiction, including her bestselling examination of the first ladies, and biographies of her father, Harry S Truman, and her mother, Bess W. Truman. This is the fifteenth book in her       Capital Crimes series, and many of these titles are in print in Fawcett Crest paperbacks. She lives with her husband, retired New York Times editor and writer Clifton Daniel, in Manhattan, going to Washington only rarely to make certain that she keeps up with its particular and sometimes peculiar tribal rituals and customs.

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  • Posted February 17, 2010

    mystery lover

    I have been on a reading marathon of Margaret Truman's Capitol Crime series. Upon re-reading Murder at the Watergate, the distinct impression was that perhaps Ms. Truman didn't really write any of these books. Sentence structure in this one was 'off' in several instances, and unfamiliar words (where I needed a dictionary) were thrown in as if to 'show off'. This just doesn't seem like something Ms. Truman would be doing. Research on Internet indicates the real likelihood of a Ghost Writer...nonetheless, I still enjoy the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2000

    Murder at the Watergate

    This is probably the best mystery to date. Truman can web a great story to read.I liked it a lot! great job by the mistress of mystery suspense! who did it? ask thre president's daughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2000

    Murder at the Watergate

    this is Truman's best mystery to date! I liked the main characters and how she plots her murder. it works really weel its her best yet, how did it?? ask Margaret and she will tell ya!

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