Murder on the Potomac

(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Mackensie “Mac” Smith abandoned his lucrative criminal-law practice to teach law at George Washington University when his wife and son were killed in an automobile accident. Yet time heals, or so it is asserted, and ultimately Mac Smith met and wed Annabel Reed. Annabel was herself a lawyer, but felt the need to open an art gallery instead. In any event, Mac’s past legal exploits and Annabel’s gallery combine to make them the ultimate Washington society couple. Yet, this is a couple with a difference. Mac in particular has a proclivity to become involved in high profile murders. In this particular instance, both Mac and Annabel are “in it” up to their well-bred eyebrows and in equal measure.

Someone murders the executive assistant of prominent developer Wendell Tierney, and Tierney becomes the prime suspect. The evidence begins to mount and Tierney calls upon Mac to help him prove his innocence. Annabel is less than pleased with this development, most particularly when it is obvious that the homicide detective assigned to the case is smitten with her husband. But then Annabel finds that she has her own contribution to make to the case. Murder is only the most heinous of the crimes which emerge as the dark secrets unfold, and Mac comes very close to becoming a widower for a second time.

Truman presents this particular tale from multiple viewpoints, thus moving the action forward with reportorial commentary from diverse perceptions and directions. On occasion, this approach lends itself to a certain degree of abuse, but on the whole it is successful. Devotees of Truman’s work will welcome this latest entry in this popular series.