Murder in Havana by Margaret Truman
(Capital Crimes)

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Max Pauling, of Murder in Foggy Bottom, is coaxed out of a restless retirement by another "ex-" CIA colleague. The case that tempts him is one involving a large American pharmaceutical firm that may be using a German company as a front to get around the U.S. scientific and technical embargo of Cuba.

What's at stake? An ex-senator, who heads up a drug company, is after big game: the surprising and stunning medical research being conducted by the Cubans to develop a more effective anticancer drug.

Max, who is among other things a pilot, is assured that this will be a purely private assignment—no assassinations, no government to subvert, no informers to turnjust a few easy flights and a little time in the sun. Once in Havana, he makes contact with a ravishing Cuban-American woman who is to be his "translator." Soon, he finds himself hunted as an assassin in a place where murder is sanctioned for a greater good, or greater greed, and those caught in the crossfire are as quickly consumed as a frozen daiquiri.
 

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MARGARET TRUMAN won faithful readers with her works of biography and fiction, particularly her Capital Crimes mysteries. Her novels let readers into the corridors of power and privilege, and poverty and pageantry, in the nation's capital. She was the author of many nonfiction books, including The President's House, in which she shared some of the secrets and history of the White House, where she once resided. She lived in Manhattan.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by Bookspan Large Print Edition. 574 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Truman focuses effectively on the ways Joe’s need to milk the story by planting quotes and working his threadbare contacts, from his ex-lover Edith to his TV reporter daughter Roberta, shreds his life at the same time it creates a journalistic echo chamber in which the Trib reports only what its ...

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A production of Tosca at the Kennedy Center is nearly upstaged by real-life murder in the 22nd in Truman’s Capital Crimes series (Murder at the Washington Tribune, 2005, etc.).

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And when salt-and-pepper Metro Police detectives Rick Klayman and Mo Johnson start asking questions about Nadia, American University students link her to Lerner’s son Jeremiah, whose shoe left a distinctive footprint back in Baptist Alley.

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hostess Mitzi Cardell and her best bud, First Lady Jeanine Montgomery Jamison, to invoke a single iconic Capital landmark, though Truman’s first two dozen titles (Murder at the Opera, 2006, etc.) used up all the best sites.

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Even as Margit, with the help of her old mentor Mackensie Smith, reluctantly digs into allegations of a homosexual relationship between the two, we already know, from a series of dire hints, that the murder was really triggered by an unnamed Middle Eastern tyrant's acquisition of a nuclear bomb.

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Since it’s important for US Vice President Joseph Aprile to make sure he’s on the right side of the issue, he sends his old friend, crime-solving law prof Mackensie Smith (Murder in the House, 1997, etc.), south of the border to monitor the upcoming elections, and incidentally to serve as his uno...

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Whether Truman's mirroring recent Washington scandals or just running out of landmark sites in which to dump bodies, her latest corpse is Pauline Juris, personal assistant and bagwoman to Wendell Tierney, of Tierney Development and the National Building Museum board, who is found floating in the ...

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It all boils over when Latham's daughter Molly, a new House page, is taken hostage in her late father's office and frog-marched down to a climax in a ``huge, ornate chamber, 139 feet long and 93 feet wide,'' in a shoot-out that miraculously doesn't manage to wing any of the tour guides that must ...

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It may be only 90 miles from Miami to Havana, but Max Pauling, retired from the CIA to become a pilot and flight instructor, has the feeling he’s traveling years into the past when he agrees to make the flight, ostensibly in order to do a routine delivery, but actually to find out whether America...

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In her 18th Capital Crimes mystery, Truman relegates frequent star Mackensie to a supporting role as ex-CIA agent Max Pauling (featured in Murder in Foggy Bottom)

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The Truman franchise chugs along with little sign of losing steam in the 20th entry (after 2002's Murder at Ford's Theatre ) in this reliably entertaining series.

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As the police investigate, fissures in the public facade of the Simmons's marriage appear, and Simmons's oldest friend, retired detective Phil Rotondi, who lost Jeanette to Simmons during college, wrestles with whether he should share all he knows about the politician with the authorities.

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The theft from a private museum in Miami of a painting by 19th-century artist Fernando Reyes of Columbus offering his book of privileges to Ferdinand and Isabella sets off the action in this latest Washington, D.C.-insider tale from Truman (Murder at the Watergate, 1998, etc.).

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Bain (Trouble at High Tide and 36 other Murder She Wrote mysteries) channels the late Margaret Truman in the 26th Capital Crimes novel (after 2011’s Monument to Murder).

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CIA agent Max Pauling, part of a government counterterrorist task force, gets on the case at the State Department, while in Washington State, FBI agents interview Zachary Jasper, head of a white supremacist group, as a possible suspect in the missile attacks.

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