Murder Inside the Beltway (Capital Crimes Series #24)

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Rosalie Curzon, a Washington, D.C., call girl, is found bludgeoned to death in her Adams-Morgan apartment. At the murder scene a video camera is discovered nestled high on a bookshelf. Had the victim taped some of her clients during their sexual liaisons? As the investigation proceeds, so does business inside the Beltway. President Burton Pyle is heatedly running for reelection against consummate politician Robert Colgate, who is expected to win. Colgate, though, is not without cracks in his slick exterior: ...

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Overview

Rosalie Curzon, a Washington, D.C., call girl, is found bludgeoned to death in her Adams-Morgan apartment. At the murder scene a video camera is discovered nestled high on a bookshelf. Had the victim taped some of her clients during their sexual liaisons? As the investigation proceeds, so does business inside the Beltway. President Burton Pyle is heatedly running for reelection against consummate politician Robert Colgate, who is expected to win. Colgate, though, is not without cracks in his slick exterior: Rumors swirl about his failing marriage and various dalliances. But no one is prepared for the explosive development that erupts when the daughter of Colgate’s closest friend is kidnapped and Detective Mary Hall and rookie cop Matthew Jackson uncover a shocking connection between the abduction, the Curzon case—and a killer no one will see coming.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Truman ‘knows the forks’ in the nation’s capital and how to pitchfork her readers into a web of murder and detection.”
–The Christian Science Monitor

Murder on K Street

“[A] satisfying tale . . . remarkably fresh in its insights about politics, intrigue, money and sex in the city by the Potomac.”
–Raleigh News & Observer

Murder at the Opera

“Bestseller Truman’s twenty-second D.C. mystery [is] one of her strongest. . . . [She] widens her scope to reveal a charming supporting cast. . . . Glimpses of intelligence gathering in the Middle East lend a timely feel.”
–Publishers Weekly

Murder at The Washington Tribune

“Hooks the reader immediately.”
–The Oklahoman

Murder at Union Station

“Truman has produced another knowing look at Washington politics. She, of all people, should know her characters well, and she draws them with style.”
–The Dallas Morning News

Publishers Weekly

In the workmanlike 24th and presumably last Capital Crimes novel (after Murder on K Street) from bestseller Truman (1924-2008), the murder of escort Rosalie Curzon, who was savagely beaten before being strangled, panics her many high-powered clients after the local police find she'd been videotaping her sessions. The detectives on the case-Walter Hatcher, a racist dinosaur mulling over retirement, and his two younger assistants, naïve Matt Jackson, who's shocked that some of his colleagues are on the take, and Mary Hall, who's secretly involved with Jackson-are walking clichés. The probe takes on national implications when rumors circulate that presidential challenger Robert Colgate, who's been dogged by allegations of infidelity, was one of Curzon's clients. Readers should be prepared for some clunky prose (e.g., a character's face is described as "a series of small, finely chiseled granite blocks covered by a coal-black membrane pulled tight"). (Nov.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345498892
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Series: Capital Crimes Series, #24
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 674,545
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Truman won faithful readers with her works of biography and fiction, particularly her ongoing series of Capital Crimes mysteries. Her novels let us into the corridors of power and privilege, and poverty and pageantry, in the nation’s capital. She was the author of many nonfiction books, including The President’s House, in which she shares some of the secrets and history of the White House where she once resided. She lived in Manhattan and passed away in 2008.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Murder inside the Beltway Great book

    This was (believe it or not) the first Margret Truman book I have read. I was very impressed with it. Kept me turning the pages. Her writing style was terrific and the Characters true to life. You cant miss this one truely a great read and fits right into todays political scene.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    Murder Inside the Beltway

    Another terrific mystery from Margaret Truman. All her books are well-written and thoroughly researched. This one is equally well-done. All the Truman books are worth reading and keeping.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Great page turner

    The first of this series I have read and really enjoyed it although there seemed to be a few unanswered questions about the murder at the end.....

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

    Good Book

    The only thing stopping me from giving this a higher rating was the ending left a few unaswered questions. All in all, a book I would recommend.

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  • Posted January 29, 2012

    A must to read.

    The first book of hers that I did not have the paperback. This again is a must read if you enjoy mysteries.

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  • Posted June 6, 2010

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    enjoyable police procedural

    In Washington DC high priced escort Rosalie Curzon is murdered in her exclusive Adams-Morgan apartment. The culprit viciously battered the call girl who apparently did not go quietly into the night as the murder scene implies she fought for her life. WPD homicide detective Walter Hatcher leads the investigation; assisted by rookies, Matt Jackson and Mary Hall

    The cops find video equipment hidden on a bookcase that leads the trio to believe Ms. Curzon taped her sexual encounters. The case has national implications as President Pyle runs for reelection against Robert Colgate; the married challenger is rumored to have illicit affairs and may have been a client of the dead Ms. Curzon. All the president's men and women want the tape released without White House implication. The investigation takes a seemingly odd spin when a kidnapping occurs that should have no link to the case but does.

    The latest Capital Crimes police procedural is an enjoyable investigative whodunit that provides insight into presidential campaigns in which surrogates follow the election end justifies the anything dirty goes means. The three DC detectives are stereotyped as Hatcher is sexist-racist who scorns both rookies for being a biracial male and by being a female. Jackson must have come from a Utopian commune as he is stunned that some of the force is on the dole. Finally Hall and Jackson are secretly having a tryst. In spite of the personality isms of the lead threesome, the case with its ties to election campaigns make for a solid entry by a terrific mystery maestro who passed away in 2008. As her children state in their dedication to their late mom Ms. Truman ". she liked nothing better than ., murdering people in Washington, D.C., one at a time".

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted March 5, 2010

    The real mystery...

    In this last book by Ms. Truman, at least the characters stayed mostly in character throughout the book. However, none of them were as strong as our missing in action...Mac and Annabell, or previous 'pairs' of detectives or other love interest couples. This was a bit of a light-weight tale, although had an interesting plot line. Something seems a bit off to me with all the Truman crime series...only one of the books acknowledges anyone's assistance with research. So...did a ghost writer really write all these books...or is that the real mystery?

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    Margaret Truman, great as always.

    Margaret Truman once again made us regualar people feel what it must be like for "insiders" and real people to rub elbows. She constantly makes the reader part of the scene and lets us see it all. In this case being "inside the beltway" is all to real, all to possible. The reader could caught get up with the possibility of the story and forget to enjoy it. Why not lose yourself in the book? If you do, you will miss the really great style of the author. This is one of those that you may have to read a second time to catch all of the action and subplots. Or possibly one of those you can read slowly the first time around.

    I have read all of her books of fiction. I am left with only her other material. I am unashamed to count myself a fan.

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  • Posted November 13, 2008

    I'll miss her books!

    Ms Truman-Daniels' books were always first-rate.

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