Book Review - Capitol Murder by Phillip Margolin
Normally I'm a fan of Phillip Margolin's novels. Suspenseful legal thrillers, tight writing, and action that takes place in the city where I live... I recently finished his latest book, Capitol Murder. Sad to say, this one just didn't do much for me.
There are three plot lines going on that bring together characters and actions of prior novels, as well as introducing a terrorist plot focused on coordinated explosions at a major sporting event in the US. At the end, they all converge (like all good multiple-plot stories do), but the logic and actions used to get them there seemed stretched a little too far. On top of that, the various characters never developed much depth or feeling. Some of that may have been due to the length of time since I read the previous installments of this series, as they provided more of the backstory. But if I had started with Capitol Murder as my first dip in Margolin's work, I'm not sure I'd be overly concerned about catching up.
Even with my earlier comments, the pages turned at a fast pace, as there was just enough "and what's next" to keep me reading. But having finished the book, my overall feeling was more "meh" than "wow". I'll still grab whatever book Margolin writes next, as I'm hoping things return to the level of excitement I used to experience when the library notice came in. Fingers are crossed...
Obtained From: Library