The prolific writer, Phillip Margolin, who has 15 bestsellers to his credit, sets his sight on the perils of politics with his third political thriller in the nation's capitol, "Capitol Murder." (HarperCollins, 342 pages)
The subplot of this novel might be summed up as "what fools will do for love."
Millie Reston, a lonely defense attorney, falls in love with her client, the notorious serial killer Clarence Little, and helps the monster escape from the courthouse where he was facing a retrial for his grisly crimes.
Jack Carson, an overly amorous senator who sits on the intelligence committee,
enters into a most dangerous liaison with a woman with ties to Islamic terrorists.
The woman is later found in a townhouse in Georgetown brutally murdered in the signature style of the serial killer of Clarence Little.
Brad Miller, who had served as Clarence Little's attorney and now serves as an aide to Senator Carson, has been receiving messages from the escaped killer.
Miller is puzzled as to why an escapee would risk his freedom by committing murder in the nation's capitol.
His friend, investigator Dana Cutler, begins sleuthing into the sleazy senator's affairs and things take a dramatic and dangerous turn for all involved.
As an attorney, Margolin is well qualified to discuss the thorny legal issues
surrounding the war on terror. As a novelist, he is able to create a story packed with suspense that will keep the reader's interest from the first page to the last.
Phillip Margolin has another masterful political thriller in his latest, "Capitol Murder."