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Margaret Truman's Murder at the CDC: Capital Crimes #32    by Jon Land order for
Margaret Truman's Murder at the CDC
by Jon Land
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Forge, 2022 (2022)
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* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Jon Land continued Margaret Truman's popular Capital Crimes series with the thrilling Margaret Truman's Murder on the Metro, and now delivers its thirty-second episode, Margaret Truman's Murder at the CDC. It's just as fast-paced and gripping as the last one.

Readers met international PI Robert Brixton in the previous book, haunted by the death of his beloved daughter in a restaurant bombing. Now he almost loses his grandson Max as well in a mass shooting on the steps of the Capitol! Of course, he starts digging into this, while also investigating a poisoning attack on his best friend's newly discovered daughter, Alexandra Parks - she worked with the CDC in Washington.

Former Baltimore homicide detective Kelly Lofton, now working with Capitol Police, is on the scene of the Capitol attack. She finds a note that 'millions will die' and looks into it herself, eventually working with Brixton. At the center of this often grisly thriller is a military transport in 2017 that disappeared between Utah and Oregon and was never found. Its tanker carried White Death, capable of killing hundreds of millions.

The scientist who developed this terrible toxin went off the grid after the tanker disappeared, but constantly monitors news clippings in case its contents are ever recovered. He finds such news, but then the villain of the piece (a radical nutjob who plans to start a second Civil War and has connections in high places) finds him.

As we expect, Robert and Kelly save the day, and are offered jobs with a very secretive organization - will one or both accept? I guess we'll have to wait for #33 to find out.

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