Murder at the CDC
by Jon Land
February 14 - March 11, 2022 Virtual Book Tour
The present: A mass shooting on the steps of the Capitol nearly claims the life of Robert Brixton’s grandson.
No stranger to high-stakes investigations, Brixton embarks on a trail to uncover the motive behind the shooting. On the way he finds himself probing the attempted murder of the daughter his best friend, who works at the Washington offices of the CDC. The connection between the mass shooting and Alexandra’s poisoning lies in that long-lost military transport that has been recovered by forces determined to change America forever. Those forces are led by radical separatist leader Deacon Frank Wilhyte, whose goal is nothing short of bringing on a second Civil War. Brixton joins forces with Kelly Lofton, a former Baltimore homicide detective. She has her own reasons for wanting to find the truth behind the shooting on the Capitol steps, and is the only person with the direct knowledge Brixton needs. But chasing the truth places them in the cross-hairs of both Wilhyte’s legions and his Washington enablers.
"A wonderful mystery novel, riveting until the last page."
"A terrific tale that never lets up."
This political thriller starts with intense action and keeps moving at a steady pace. The plot is especially timely with a powerful man coordinating fringe militia groups, attempting to disrupt life in the U.S. and kill millions of people in the process. There is also a past secret government bio-warfare project with product missing. Private citizens, though with many important connections and immense power, race to prevent the coming disaster. Throw in some child abuse and bullying and you have a driving plot.
Brixton seems a bit much for me. He has almost endless quasi-government or private resources. And when his resources fail him and he gets in a bind, he is rescued by yet another quasi-government fellow with even more resources. I prefer wits and grit needed to oppose the bad guys rather than endless resources.
There is one aspect of Land's writing style that bothered me. People's names were repeated frequently in dialogue, like about every other sentence. That's just not normal. Try addressing your conversation mate by name in nearly every statement you make and see how awkward it is.
This thriller is a good one for readers who like to read about quasi-government people outwitting a radical group that has an inside politician on their side. I like Loftus as a heroine and hope she appears in future novels. I'll be looking for them.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Genre: Political Thriller
Published by: Forge
Publication Date: February 15, 2022
Number of Pages: 304
Series: Margaret Truman's Capital Crimes, #32 | Each is a stand alone work.
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)