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"An exciting romp."THE DALLAS MORNING NEWSDuring a gala benefit for a Democratic Party hopeful, a young woman dies, the victim of quick and brutal violence. The murder weapon belongs to the candidate, Kenneth Ewald, and his son is the chief suspect. Out of the classroom comes professor Mac Smith to tackle a case that is bad for the senator, but may prove disastrous for the"An exciting romp."THE DALLAS MORNING NEWSDuring a gala benefit for a Democratic Party hopeful, a young woman dies, the victim of quick and brutal violence. The murder weapon belongs to the candidate, Kenneth Ewald, and his son is the chief suspect. Out of the classroom comes professor Mac Smith to tackle a case that is bad for the senator, but may prove disastrous for the nation.......

Title : Murder at the Kennedy Center
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ISBN : 9780449212080
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Murder at the Kennedy Center Reviews

  • Tulay
    2019-05-21 04:50

    Excellent mystery.Book was written by very talented only child of Harry Truman, published in 1989. Usual dirty campaign politics, but not as bad as 2016. Sex, adultery and murder of campaign worker. Excellent plot, suspense will keep you turning the pages until the end.

  • N
    2019-05-21 09:41

    I'm "reading" the audio abridgment on my way to and from work, and I have to say it's ridiculously boring. I don't know if it's the abridger's fault or the author's fault, but the language and descriptions are boring or cliched or they take the time to describe things that don't really need description. I should finish the book today, but yesterday it seemed they revealed the murderer... and it was just out of the blue. There have been no real clues as to who it could be, and then all of a sudden it's someone you don't suspect. (It's always nice to have a surprise, but when you don't even have clues to be able to suspect anyone...)

  • Richard
    2019-05-31 05:58

    Margaret Truman wrote great mystery stories, and this ranks right up there with her better ones. This book was a page-turner that kept me up late at night reading to see what would happen next. Her characters, Mac and Annabel Smith, are two of my favorites -- and are once again called upon to solve a murder involving people high in the government. Her close familiarity with Washington and its people make all of her books very believable.

  • Leslie
    2019-06-04 06:04

    An Enjoyable ReadA craft blended story combining a murder mystery with political intrigue. The ending came predictable too early in the story line. The characters were well developed and became real within the story. it isn't often a murder mystery makes you smart le but this one did. I couldn't put it down and I am glad I didn't.

  • Nira Ramachandran
    2019-06-19 09:52

    Hotshot criminal lawyer, now college professor, Mackensie Smith is unwittingly pulled out of his relaxed academic lifestyle and drawn into the murky politics behind the scene, in Washington. Mac’s longtime friend Ken Ewald is close to winning the democratic party’s candidature for the Presidential seat, when trouble crops up. Mac, walking his Great Dane Rufus near the Kennedy Centre discovers the body of a young woman working in Ewald’s campaign team. When Ewald’s son Paul is arrested for the crime, Mac cannot refuse to take up his defense. One thing leads to another, and soon Mac is caught up in a mesh of political maneuvers, blackmail, shady lawyers, veiled threats and even violence. Calling in his elegant girlfriend, art gallery owner and ex-divorce lawyer Annabel, an old client, the unsavory ex-policemen Tony Buffolino, and sharp young journalist Rhonda Harrison, Mac has his investigating team in place and things begin to move. The action moves from Washington to New York and San Francisco, and back, from politics to opera to undercover operations in Panama. The happy family man image that Ewald presents to the world becomes shaky as the drama unfolds revealing an unhappy wife, a traumatised daughter-in-law, disloyal employees, and backstabbing party members. The lust for power, and of course, money, soon emerges as the prime mover in this tortuous case. A good read, but not an outstanding mystery. What stays with the reader is more the excellent character delineation, and the precisely sketched images of life in Washington. This is the second time, I’ve read this book. I did not remember the plot at all, but could immediately recognize Mac Smith, Annabel, Buffolino and of course, the big slobbery Rufus. A book to enjoy on a rainy afternoon.

  • Debbie
    2019-06-15 07:02

    Margaret Truman was a great story teller

  • LeAnne
    2019-06-07 03:58

    I've been living in the 80s this week. First I read Sue Grafton's "V is for Vengence", then "Murder at the Kennedy Center" by Margaret Truman. Before cell phones and personal computers - just regular landlines, aka telephones, public libraries, newspapers and tv stations (3 of them). Detectives had to work extra hard to catch criminals...jumping in the car and driving to the nearest pay phone on the street corner. looking up addresses at the libraries' Crisscross Directory. (It still exists for those 10 people who don't have a computer.) Anyway, I really liked "Murder at the Kennedy Center"....a political mystery. One would think that novels written way back then would be so out of date and unrelevant in today's politics....WRONG! They could update the story by giving the characters cell phones and cable tv and voila, you're in 2016. Really doesn't matter which political slant you fall on - Dems or Reps - nothing seems to have changed....nothing has gotten lessons have been learned. The good guys and the bad guys are everywhere. I bought four of Ms. Truman's books at a used bookstore. I should have bought all of them. Next time I won't make that mistake.

  • Kat Walter
    2019-06-07 06:47

    Lots of characters to keep straight and many of them not developed enough. Politicians, reputations, changing allegiances...just not likeable personages. A kinder generation of politics than we have today.

  • Holly A. Woodruff
    2019-06-20 09:04

    Wish I had read this years agoI was aware of Margaret Truman's political murder mysteries years ago. This is the first one I have read but it won't be the last. The characters are well developed and interesting, as well as humanly flawed. The mystery isn't overly convoluted but not apparent from the start, either. The inside look at politics is applicable today, nearly twenty years after this book was written. It's fun to read a book where the characters aren't using smart phones or the internet. Makes me long for the simpler days. I'm sure this book has many reviews so I won't take any more of your time, just know that it's well worth your time if you like murder mysteries and political thrillers. This satisfies both in a well written and fast paced novel.

  • Argum
    2019-06-11 08:07

    The aide to the Democratic frontrunner is found dead behind the Kennedy Center shortly after a big event. A friend of the Senator and likely Attorney General in a future administration is brought in when the Senator's son is accused of killing the dead aide who was also his mistress. Lots of political and personal dirty laundry combine to make a surprise ending. Had a couple real interesting twists. Still don't really understand this series and a little unclear on the fictional DC landscape - seems like Reagan served his two terms but then got a few extra in there too before 1989. Regardless it is fun and not that dated considering its age.

  • Linda Goudreau
    2019-06-17 02:44

    Enjoyed this book......Well thought out plot. Good characters. Fast, snappy dialogue. Humor. Twists and turns galore. Good storyline. Hard to guess the killer but I did guess and got it right. Enjoyed this book a lot. New author. Will read a lot more from her. Thanks, Amarillo Turtle'll'll'll

  • Marty Mcintyre
    2019-05-28 05:54

    This book was written in 1989 so many of the references are a dated. It reminds us that politics is a dirty business. It illustrates how often people are willing to sell their souls for a win. I liked most of the characters. The action kept me interested.

  • Bob
    2019-06-12 05:58

    Great political thrillerMs Truman does a fine job weaving a political murder mystery with many twists. It kept me entertained until the end. A real page turner.

  • Josephine Hawkins
    2019-06-18 04:04

    Enjoyed plot. Kept who did it til almost the end.

  • Nancy Romero
    2019-05-28 05:59

    Easy readingInteresting story. Politics and crime. A good combination and a natural combination in this day. Will read more of the authors books.

  • Patsy Carnahan
    2019-06-16 07:07

    Good bookI enjoyed this book from cover to cover. Very good story and character development. A few twists and turns. I strongly recommend this book.

  • Sandra
    2019-06-20 06:07

    Enjoyable read, murder, political corruption, likable main characters Mac and Annabel solving the mystery

  • Judyspadoni
    2019-06-03 06:00

    Entertaining. Light mystery reading

  • Harley
    2019-06-03 05:50

    An excellent mystery that kept me spell-bound and reading.

  • Gypsy Lady
    2019-05-23 03:39

    Sadly, even though it is about a political murder, this book seems like it from a "kinder, gentler" era. Margaret Truman, daughter of President Harry Truman, tells a very credible, political tale. I will seek out her other titles.334 PagesPage 41We've had a long Reguplican run, and the odds are against it continuing any longer. and your people had better be looking for other ways to regain power.Page 139...despite his seemingly immense populatiry, and his victory in a majority of the primaries, [he]did not represent the mainstream of American thought. He was too liberal, too linked to big-budget social programs, perceived as being too soft on crime and national defense. [His] nomination could end up yet another example of the Democrats' penchant for self-destruction, a candidate who stood for the principles of the party but not the principles of the majority of the American Voters. [Humphrey.] McCarthy. McGovern. Carter. Dukakis. Page 233Guilt? He silently reprimanded himself for assigning something as decent as guilt to what he was about to do. Page 297What's happened here, it seems to me, is that like with a lot of good things, some people go too far, ruin it, turn somethin' good into somethin' bad, somethin' that starts to smell. I see it all the time. You could see it on the Iran-Contra committee. Riled the hell out of me that good people like North and Poindexter took a worthwhile projet and turned it into something stupid and illegal. I saw it when Nixon resigned in disgrace, and when Kennedy pulled his gooddamn Bay of Pigs. Happenx all the time in govenment, because people get swelled heads and think they know everything, think they are above everybody else. That's when good things go to hell in a handbasket.

  • Nancy Jean Patchel
    2019-05-25 07:39

    As usual, Truman writes another great "who done it".For all you Margaret Truman fans, you'll love this interesting political thriller. A page turner, keeps you enthralled to the end. Enjoy!

  • Phillis
    2019-05-26 09:50

    Another good Capitol Crimes series book from Margaret Truman. This involves a presidential hopeful Senator Keneth Ewald who's office staff memeber gets killed on the night of a political fund raiser at the Kenedy Center. The chief suspect is the senator's son who was having an affair with her. The Ewald family asks good friend and law professor Mac Smith to represent the family and make sure scandal is kept from the presidential hopeful. Mac Smtih takes it upon himself to try and find the real killer and for what reason he had for killing the staffer.

  • Mary Ann
    2019-05-21 04:56

    What if a leading presidential candidate’’s son is suspected of murder? In Margaret Truman’s excellent novel, the Democratic National Convention is coming up. Senator Ken Ewald won enough primaries to make him the candidate. Then an aide is killed with a gun registered to Ewald whose son becomes the leading suspect. Ewald calls an old friend attorney Mac Smith for help. Smith in turn calls private investigator, Tony Buffolino. They begin tracking down dangerous leads. Soon the candidate is being stalked by an assassin.

  • Ashley
    2019-06-05 07:39

    I've read a few of Margaret Truman's books because they are offered in large print at my library, and I read large print books while I'm working out. I like her inside view of Washington life and politics (she is the daughter of President Truman) but the books are kind of funny because the detective work is so outdated now that there is so much new technology.

  • Kay
    2019-05-30 07:02

    I think I've read too many of her books lately since this one didn't captivate me like the ones I read before. It does have Mac and Annabel which also appear in a later book I read earlier and I do like their characters. The plot was good with a young woman working for a Presidential candidate is murdered outside Kennedy Center. So I know it's just me!

  • Corinne Newell
    2019-06-13 06:38

    Murder at the Kennedy CenterThis has to be the best book Truman has written. Kept me wondering all the way through as to who dunnit. If you like a good mystery, be sure to read this.

  • Sharon
    2019-06-16 02:47

    My favorite so far! Even though each of these books is a stand-alone novel, this one has a return of a very likable character. The action is low-keyed but intense and the mystery takes several twists and turns. Good ending, and well read by George Guidall - one of my favorite narrators.

    2019-05-23 02:40

    I read this book several years ago, but we are reading it for my book club, so I did a quick reread. The mystery holds up very well. The details were dated, which shows how much the world has changed in a short time.

  • Fredrick Danysh
    2019-06-20 04:42

    At a very high brow party for a presidential candidate murder was not on the planned menu. When it occurs Mac Smith and his wife Annabel Reed set ou to help the police and drop their involvement as quickly as possible. But things don't always go as planned.

  • Maria
    2019-05-28 05:49

    I picked this up while I was waiting for my car to be serviced (yes, they have a little library). You can always count on Margaret to entertain. This was an interesting politically charged murder mystery.