Murder in the Supreme Court (Capital Crimes Series #3)

Murder in the Supreme Court (Capital Crimes Series #3)

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by Margaret Truman
     
 

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"A thriller...a novel...a fun thing, an entertainment and good reading."
LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Who would want to kill Clarence Sutherland, a bright and handsome young man? The answer: practically everybody.

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"A thriller...a novel...a fun thing, an entertainment and good reading."
LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Who would want to kill Clarence Sutherland, a bright and handsome young man? The answer: practically everybody.

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ISBN-13:
9780449209691
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/28/1985
Series:
Capital Crimes Series, #3
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
500,929
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.77(h) x 0.63(d)

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Murder in the Supreme Court (Capital Crimes Series #3) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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The book Murder in the Supreme Court by Margaret Truman is a very good novel. The book is a very well written mystery that has many twists and turns. The book begins when the Chief Clerk Clarence Sutherland is found murdered in the Supreme Court Chief Justice¿s chair. The Chief Justice at the time is Jonathan Poulson who has been appointed by the newly elected President Randolph Jorgens. Justice Poulson was appointed to Chief Justice by Jorgens in order to take conservative stances on cases brought before the Supreme Court. One reason that I like this book is the way that Truman runs the detectives around in circles. In the book two detectives are assigned to the Sutherland murder case. One is Martin Teller from the MPD (Washington Metropolitan Police Department) and the other is Susanna Pinscher from the Justice Department. Both detectives are confused about this case because it has occurred in such a high place in the US government, plus there is no definitive suspect in the case. As the book progresses the author starts to show ways in which all of the characters are connected to Sutherland. It seemed to the police that Sutherland held a harmful secret over everybody¿s head. Many people inside and outside of the court hated Sutherland. People disliked him for many separate reasons. At this point in the novel however, Truman did not tell us why people hated Sutherland. After an investigation of Clarence¿s apartment, Teller finds out that Clarence had many lovers and was not faithful to any of them. Teller believed that Clarence being unfaithful qualified as a murder motive. This belief put many suspects in Detective Teller¿s mind. While pondering over suspects, Temple Conover¿s (another Justice) wife turned a gun over to the police stating that she believed it was the murder weapon. After much testing, the gun did turn out to be the murder weapon in the Clarence Sutherland case. Later in the story Susanna Pinchser takes a vacation to California to visit her father with her son. While in California Susanna goes to visit a friend of another Supreme Court Justice. The friend tells Susanna that Justice Childs is a fraud. He tells her that Childs isn¿t really a war hero, and that he and Childs just made up the war story when they came back from Vietnam. Susanna also finds out that the friend had been a patient of Clarence¿s father. Clarence¿s father is a psychiatrist who has treated many famous people including Supreme Court Justices. Mr. Sutherland has worked on secret projects in the CIA while living in Sunken Springs. The coincidence is that before Justice Poulson was appointed to the Supreme Court, he had a six-month stay in Sunken Springs about the same time Dr. Sutherland was there. Mr. Sutherland also had a secretary named Vera Jones who had also had an affair with Clarence Sutherland. She proves to be a very important person later in the novel. All these connections are just another reason that the detectives went around in circles. Besides all of the people that were connected to Clarence¿s murder, the White House also had a connection to Clarence. The White House had just offered Clarence a job days before he was murdered. Upon further investigation, Martin Teller found out that the White House had offered Clarence a job in return for Clarence blackmailing some of the judges in order to win a few major cases before the Supreme Court. To add to the complexity of this book we find out that Clarence Sutherland stole psychiatric files from his father¿s office by using Vera Jones during their affair. In these files Clarence found information that could hurt many people including several Supreme Court Justices. Each character relates to Clarence¿s murder in a unique way. They all have their own specific motives, which relate to each other in some ways, but differ in others. The way that Margaret Truman relates each character in the book to the murder, making the book more complex,