Murder at the Washington Tribune (Capital Crimes Series #21)

Murder at the Washington Tribune (Capital Crimes Series #21)

by Margaret Truman
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Murder at the Washington Tribune (Capital Crimes Series #21) by Margaret Truman

From senators to summer interns, from all the president’s men to all-powerful women, Margaret Truman captures the fascinating, high-wire drama of Washington, D.C., like no other writer. Now this master of mystery fiction takes us into the capital’s chaotic fourth estate. At the big, aggressive newspaper The Washington Tribune, a young woman has been murdered. And the hunt for her killer is making sensational and lethal headlines.

The victim, fresh out of journalism school, hoped to make a splash at the Trib–and then a maintenance man found her in a supply closet, brutally strangled to death. The Trib’s journalists are at once horrified and anxious to solve the crime before the cops do, and put this scandal to rest. But the Metropolitan Police Department isn’t going to let byline-hungry reporters get in the way of its investigation, and soon enough the journalists ad the cops have established warring task forces. Then a second woman is killed, in Franklin Square. Like the first, she was young, attractive, and worked in the media.

For veteran Trib reporter Joe Wilcox, whose career is mired in frustration and disappointment, the case strikes close to home. His daughter is a beautiful rising TV-news star. As his relationship with a female MPD detective grows more intimate, Joe sees a chance to renew himself as a reporter and as a man. Spearheading the Trib’s investigation, he baits a trap with a secret from his own past.

Suddenly Joe is risking his career, his marriage, and even his daughter’s life by playing a dangerous game with a possible serial killer, while a police detective is bending rules for the reporter she likes and trusts but may not know as well as she thinks she does. As Joe’s daughter finds herself trapped at the heart of a frantic manhunt, the walls come down between family, friendship, ethics, and ambition–and a killer hides in plain sight.

Chilling, riveting, and richly rewarding, Murder at The Washington Tribune is a brilliant tale of real people in a world where law, power, and honesty collide–and where the punishment only sometimes fits the crime.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345486035
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/25/2005
Series: Capital Crimes Series , #21
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 94,424
File size: 494 KB

About the Author

Margaret Truman has 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 is the author of many nonfiction books, most recently The President’s House, in which she shares some of the secrets and history of the White House where she once resided. She lives in Manhattan.


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Murder at the Washington Tribune (Capital Crimes Series #21) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Franchise is the word used for the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read most of Margaret Truman's mysteries, and many are quite good. While this isn't her best, it held my interest on a trip. Recommend you give it a try if you like mysteries written by females.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Ms Trumans Capitol Crimes books and this is not her best. The plot is all over the place and the hero has feet of clay while justifying his actions. Where are the Smiths, they are always a great addtion to all her books!
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GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Margaret Truman has won legions of fans with her Capital Crimes series, and voice performer Dick Hill (dubbed a golden voice by AudioFile) has captured hosts of listeners with his virtuoso readings. Thus, it comes as no surprise that this pairing has resulted in a first-rate audiobook. 'Murder At The Washington Tribune' is a story just as much about a past his prime man trying to jumpstart his stalled career as it is about murder. Hill delivers the story narrated by crime reporter Joe Wilcox with equal parts poignancy, determination, and fear as Joe finds himself jeopardizing his daughter for the byline he so desperately needs. Wilcox has been at the Washington Tribune for some time now, and he's feeling threatened by the younger reporters who seem to be delivering the hot news. His boss isn't too pleased with him and he's not at all happy with himself. To make matters worse, newspapers are suffering from tabloids and TV investigative reporters. When a young woman is found strangled in a closet at the Tribune, and then another is found dead in Franklin Square, Joe senses this is just the story he needs to regain favor. Problem is his daughter, Roberta, is a talented young TV newscaster who also wants the scoop. Joe determines to get the story at any cost and baits a trap for the killer which not only may backfire but also places Roberta in danger. Complicating matters even further is the return of Joe's brother who has been incarcerated for killing a young girl. Listen as Truman and Hill deliver a dark tale of deception, greed, and murder. - Gail Cooke
harstan More than 1 year ago
One month ago, someone murdered Washington Tribune ¿Panache¿ section reporter Jean Kaporis, who was out of school less than a year. A second female victim is found in Franklin Park with a similar M.O. as that of Jean. Under extreme pressure to break the story from his editor since their paper was last on the first homicide crime reporter Joe Wilcox concocts a serial killer theory. --- The case is already complicated from Joe¿s perspective because his daughter is reporting on it on TV and he has slept with the MPD lead detective Vargas-Swayze, who is about to drop the hyphen once her divorce is finalized. However, his case and his ¿serial killer fantasy¿ merge turning his involvement even more complex when Joe's brother, Michael is released from the institution he resided in for years after killing a young girl. Could his own sibling be a serial killer as evidence points in that direction or is Joe allowing his imagination to run wild by blaming Michael? --- Though the police procedural aspects of the case pale next to the journalism, fans of Margaret Truman¿s long running Capital Crimes mysteries will enjoy this strong tale that screams for reporter integrity as a key element of democracy. The timing of MURDER AT THE WASHINGTON TRIBUNE is perfect with the Glass scenario, embedded reporters, more reporters dead in Iraq than Nam, and Judith Miller in jail for about two months as the only person locked away so far with the Plume Affair. Joe is a fabulous protagonist proud of his daughter, but desperate not to lose his standing so he crosses the ethical line. This is a terrific crime thriller with a moral message. --- Harriet Klausner