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Murder at the Washington Tribune: A Capital Crimes Novel    by Margaret Truman order for
Murder at the Washington Tribune
by Margaret Truman
Order:  USA  Can
Ballantine, 2006 (2006)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Margaret Truman's Murder at the Washington Tribune may be a bit hard to get into at first. At least, I found it so. A lot of informative detail that helps to explain the plot must be gotten through first to get to the meat of the story. And meat it is.

A young woman just out of journalism school is found strangled to death at the Tribune's offices. Joe Wilcox, a reporter with a reputation for hard, fast-hitting journalism, becomes enmeshed into trying to flesh out the story. When another young woman is found in a park, also strangled, Joe floats the idea of a serial killer.

Joe's daughter is a TV reporter and the rivalry between the two news icons makes for an interesting plot twist. Joe is close to retirement while Roberta, is just starting her career. It's interesting to see the behind the scenes in the news business. Front page and scoops seem to be the demands of the higher ups. Scandal equates to more sales as does the story that can engender passion in the reading public.

Truman's latest is fast-paced and down-to-earth with finely tuned characters who seldom question their bosses' goals of beating the next guy out of a story. The bolder the headline the better. The twists of the tale had me guessing and I found Murder at the Washington Tribune hard to put down.

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