In the 18th installment of Truman's Capital Crimes series, now available in paperback, former CIA agent Max Pauling faces an uneventful early retirement. He is soon asked to secretly fly some medical supplies into Havana that lands him in the thick of political intrigue--and murder--that makes Washington, D.C., look innocent.In the 18th installment of Truman's Capital Crimes series, now available in paperback, former CIA agent Max Pauling faces an uneventful early retirement. He is soon asked to secretly fly some medical supplies into Havana that lands him in the thick of political intrigue--and murder--that makes Washington, D.C., look innocent.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2001-07-30 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) takes center stage. Washington, D.C., also plays a supporting role, as Havana, Cuba, becomes the focus and capital crime site of this pedestrian spy-story-cum-political diatribe. The status of Cuban-American relations, the rule of Castro and living conditions in Cuba replace the usual D.C. intrigues. The author indulges in a lot of Castro-bashing, reserving her praise only for the Cuban government's medical care and research that also is at the heart of Pauling's errand. Pauling, a maverick who has found profitable work as a freelance pilot, gets talked into a supposedly quick and easy job in Cuba. A German pharmaceutical company is trying to buy into Cuba's remarkably advanced cancer research. Pauling's job is to find proof that the German firm is acting as a front for an American company. In traditional spy novel fashion, just about everything that could go wrong does, and Pauling must use his wits, skills and luck to avoid the pitfalls caused by the dealings and double-dealings of various factions. Truman paints a bizarre picture of a Cuba where the people are poor, happy and healthy, and spy on one another with gusto while living in constant fear of Castro and his minions. The author's core fans will welcome this new outing, but she won't win new converts with this effort. Agent, Ted Chichak. (Aug. 7) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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