In the twenty-eighth instalment of the Capital Crimes series Bain weaves a tale of distrust and murder, which pulls a number of people into the crosshairs and shows the true colours of a US Representative. After scoring a coveted congressional internship with family friend Congressman Hal Gannon, Laura Bennett is living her dream. Away from her family back in Tampa, Laura is soaking up the DC life, including an active nightlife. When Laura enters into an illicit affair with Gannnon, she seems convinced that it is headed for marriage and she will one day become the First Lady. After discovering Gannon’s duplicitous ways, Laura vows to bring him down, along with all his hopes and dreams for political ascension. When Laura goes missing, her family hires Private Investigator Robert Brixton to look into the matter, trying to offset the investigative work of the Washington MPD. Brixton looks deeper into Gannon’s background and finds a significant contrast between his family values stances and skirt-chasing ways. After Laura’s body turns up, all eyes shift to Gannon and his motive for getting rid of the young intern. As more bodies turn up, Gannon’s motive to silence his detractors seems even stronger, but could there be more behind the story, a piece even media outlets have not yet found? A wonderful addition to Margaret Truman’s long-running series, which continues to keep Mackensie and Annabel Smith in the forefront of the storyline.
I am a long-time fan of Truman’s series and have even come to enjoy the writing Bain has done to keep the series alive. While the premise of the novel, young woman falls for powerful man and is scorned, proves to be far from unique, Bain utilises some stellar characters and a wonderful plot progression to keep the reader interested until the very end. The illustration of power and politics has been a theme in the series from the get-go, on which Bain build since he took over the books. While no one can match Truman’s style, Bain does a decent job and keeps the Smiths involved in the story, who have always brought a new and exciting dimensions to the series.
Kudos, Mr. Bain for keeping the stories alive and the Truman memory from fading.