Death of an Intern

Death of an Intern

by Keith M. Donaldson

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Winner of a Finalist Award in the Mystery Category of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, this riveting, suspenseful novel is an introduction to Donaldson's Laura Wolfe series. Wolfe, a tenacious beat reporter for The Washington Star, tracks a D.C serial killer who butchers pregnant women and steals their fetuses, dumping the naked bodies with no identification in an obscure part of the city. When Laura is shown the body of victim number two, she recognizes her as someone named Janet who she had met at a reception for the Vice President of the United States. The victim is quickly identified as Janet Rausch, and Laura begins digging into her background. When the public Janet does not match with the private one, Laura begins to question whether there may have been more to Janet’s death than being a serial killing victim. The mounting evidence Laura accumulates stimulates her inquisitive mind into believing Janet’s murder was planned. Yet she is the only one to believe that theory. Her startling revelation confounds both her lawyer husband and her bestfriend, Max Walsh, Captain of Homicide for the Washington MPD. Laura persists anyway and goes from the dirty back streets of D.C. to the nation’s capital, to the Virginia suburbs, and into the polished halls of political Washington, as the public is terrorized by a third murder, very much like the previous two.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937084233
Publisher: BQB Publishing
Publication date: 10/15/2011
Series: Laura Wolfe Thriller Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 402
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Keith's passions have always been in the performing arts and writing. A graduate in drama and broadcasting, he worked in production at NBC for seventeen years and then four years in advertising as a writer-producer of radio and television commercials. He

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Death of an Intern 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Death of an Intern - Laura Wolf Thriller Book 1 Author: Keith M. Donaldson Published: 10-15-2011 Publisher: BQB Publishing Pages: 403 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths; Cozy Mystery; Amateur Sleuths ISBN: 13: 9781937084233 ASIN: B00669806A Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.5 Stars I received a copy of "Death of an Intern" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description Winner of a Finalist Award in the Mystery Category of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, this riveting, suspenseful novel is an introduction to Donaldson's Laura Wolfe series. Wolfe, a tenacious beat reporter for The Washington Star, tracks a D.C serial killer who butchers pregnant women and steals their fetuses, dumping the naked bodies with no identification in an obscure part of the city. When Laura is shown the body of victim number two, she recognizes her as someone named Janet who she had met at a reception for the Vice President of the United States. The victim is quickly identified as Janet Rausch, and Laura begins digging into her background. When the public Janet does not match with the private one, Laura begins to question whether there may have been more to Janet’s death than being a serial killing victim. The mounting evidence Laura accumulates stimulates her inquisitive mind into believing Janet’s murder was planned. Yet she is the only one to believe that theory. Her startling revelation confounds both her lawyer husband and her best friend, Max Walsh, Captain of Homicide for the Washington MPD. Laura persists anyway and goes from the dirty back streets of D.C. to the nation’s capital, to the Virginia suburbs, and into the polished halls of political Washington, as the public is terrorized by a third murder, very much like the previous two. My Review of "Death of an Intern": Laura is a character that is driven to find the truth and see that justice is gotten for the victims and their families. She is principled, intelligent woman willing to go to the wall for what she believes in. This thriller is a darker book than I normally read, but that being said I admit to being pulled into the story. It is well written with a compelling plot that is believable. Having been released twelve years ago the reader must take in the changes time have made on the setting and technology. Mr. Donaldson has given us a novel that is guaranteed to send chills down your spine. My rating of "Death of an Intern" is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In Death of an Intern, the reader follows the protagonist, Laura Wolfe, a journalist with a knack for investigation, as she uncovers a story that begins as a “simple” serial killing, but quickly becomes much more involved. Politics, sexual scandal, and murder are all intricately bound together and Laura is determined to unravel the threads to find out just who is responsible for the deaths of three women and their unborn babies. I enjoyed reading this novel because rather than simply looking to find the answer to the question “who did it?”, another question emerges: “who is responsible?” Are those questions one and the same? You have to peel back layers of conspiracy and depravity to arrive at the answer.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite This is the first in the Washington D.C based Laura Wolfe mystery thriller series and it promises great things to come from the author. Laura Wolfe is a reporter who does the crime beat assignments for the Washington Daily Star. Laura is pregnant and rather than stay home and off her feet as she is advised, she is aggressive and goes after stories for the inside lead. A member of the Vice President's staff have been brutally murdered and her unborn child ripped from her body. Another woman was similarly murdered just days before the staffer, Janet Rausch, and the Metropolitan Police Department fear a serial killer is on the loose in D.C. Laura teams up with close friend African-American Max Walsh, who heads the Homicide division of the Metropolitan Police Department, to take a closer look at this case. All signs in this case point to Vice President Grayson and his twin sister Frankie who have engaged in sexual encounters first with staff members and then with women provided by Grayson's friendship with a man by the name of Manchester who is known for corruption. Another woman is murdered in the same brutal fashion as Janet Rausch and then the black van driven by the murderer is found by the police, now working with the FBI and Secret Service. Laura will not give up ferreting out the truth about the Graysons and the killer, but will her search end in her death? Keith Donaldson has written a riveting, well-edited beginning in his series featuring aggressive, appealing reporter Laura Wolfe. The formatting is brilliant, making use of short chapters, sometimes only one page in length. More applause is due for the formatting in the use of newspaper print behind each chapter heading. Characters are delineated nicely, even to the highly-sexed Vice President, and the reader will be totally shocked at who the killer actually is! "Death of an Intern" uses great suspense throughout the entire story and the plot flows nicely to the book's end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿All of the 'girls' in my book club enjoyed meeting you and talking about your book. We had a lively discussion the meeting after you were there and everyone read the book all the way through, which doesn't happen with all of our selections. We all enjoyed the characters and the plot and were impressed with your background knowledge of Washington. It's obvious you did a lot of research. All thought your story kept them interested enough to keep reading. It was significant to me when you spoke to our group that you were used to writing plays and I can see how you use words to indicate movement of characters that would be shown when your plays were acted on stage. Overall, we enjoyed the book, meeting you and talking with you and we appreciate having the basis for a lively discussion. Diana Fraser, Annandale, Virginia.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I finally made time to read ¡§Death of an Intern.¡¨ I don¡¦t know what I was thinking it would be like, but it exceeded all my expectations. I didn¡¦t expect such a full female lead from a male author, for one thing. Your descriptions of the neighborhoods in DC made them very visible in my mind. I chuckled at some of the tension between the various law enforcement agencies involved in the story - that all sounded very real. Can you tell I was impressed and really enjoyed it? I didn¡¦t really know who the killer was until 1 or 2 chapters before (being divulged). I¡¦ve got to say, you¡¦ve got one deep, dark, twisted mind to create a crime spree like that for political reasons. ¿º Paula Sklodowski WGCU Public Media Fort Myers, FL
Guest More than 1 year ago
Donaldson gives us a modern, complex heroine to cheer for...authentic locations, and dialogue to die for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! Intern is tightly written, a suspenseful novel. I hope Laura Wolfe comes back in a second novel. Liked the supporting cast, too. I read it in two days, couldn't put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Laura Wolfe is an interesting protagonist, and I liked how she was caught between the many tensions of her life.