(Masterpieces of Fiction, Detective and Mystery Edition)

In her mystery novels, Margaret Truman gave the world a close and private look into the sleaze of Washington Beltway politics. Her Capital Crimes mystery novels are set mostly in Washington, D.C., often at familiar sites, such as the White House, the Kennedy Center, agencies such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and major parks. Truman also used sites of historic significance such as Ford’s Theatre and Union Station. For more than a quarter of a century, at a pace of about a book per year, she produced these tales of violence and mayhem, mostly involving individuals in high places or those connected with them. Truman highlighted the wheelings and dealings of politicians and other powerful people and explored their secret agendas.