Collateral Damage by Michael Bowen

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A dead body is discovered in a locked room in a country house in the affluent Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. Nine people were present in the house at the time, nine people who saw nothing they'd like to report and did nothing they're willing to confess to.

A document that might relate to a CIA scandal in the recent past--or to a presidential election in the near future--is missing, and much sought after. No one will know exactly what it means until it's found. But would someone be willing to kill for it?

The key to this complicated puzzle lies with two sisters, two young women who don't quite fit into Washington's high-stakes political arena. Retired Foreign Service agent Richard Michaelson and his friend Marjorie Randolph find themselves at the middle of this whirlwind of political and personal intrigue, and must do more than sort clues. For the most challenging locked room you're likely to encounter in Washington, D.C., is your own mind.

About Michael Bowen

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He is a trial lawyer practicing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the author of numerous mysteries & non-fiction works. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1976. While at Harvard, he served on the Board of Editors of the Harvard Law Review. Before going to Harvard, Bowen graduated summa cum laude from Rockhurst College, a small jesuit college in Kansas City, Missouri. He received a bacherlor's degree in History. Bowen lives with his wife, Sara Armbruster Bowen (also a Harvard Law School graduate), & their three younger children in Fox Point, a suburb of Milwaukee.
Published April 1, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 228 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While Michaelson is still digging among the skeletons in the closets of the Shepherd family and the CIA, the mystery blossoms into his favorite kind of homicide: the impossible kind that leaves every suspect with an alibi and the killer with no apparent way to have entered or left the murder room.

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Cindy and Catherine Shepherd are the dysfunctional daughters of a wealthy CIA agent who died in disgrace. Now their family home of Calvert Manor is up for sale, and the bidding is high. Though it's cl

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Though it's clear from this novel's start that the mansion harbors valuable secrets, the details of the Shepherd p re's demise are hazy, and the action doesn't get rolling until Catherine's fianc , Preston Demarest, dies suddenly in an upstairs bedroom.

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