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Capitol Offense

Tony Gibbs

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ISBN 10: 089296474X / ISBN 13: 9780892964741
Published by Mysterious Pr
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Hardcover w / dustjacket. Like new; no internal markings; has only lost its Brand New shine. No pricing stickers. No remainder mark. DJ is Near Fine. Stored in sealed plastic protection. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 1995 Hardcover w / dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 015878

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Title: Capitol Offense

Publisher: Mysterious Pr

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Like New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

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Charles Champlin of the Los Angeles Times calls the writing of Tony Gibbs "unpredictable and suspenseful." In Shadow Queen, his first Diana Speed novel, he mixed a new series sleuth and a headspinning, original plot. Now Gibbs brings back the beautiful Diana Speed, a New York publisher's chief financial officer with a background in government intelligence. Her assignment here is to "follow the money" in a chilling case of dirty politics and the politics of dirty movies, a case that has given someone a four-letter reason for revenge.

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Gibbs (Shadow Queen, 1992) returns with another thriller starring Diana Speed, a tall, brainy, former politician's wife who works at Wild-Freeman publishing for a mysterious boss. First, a controversial, Karen Finleylike performance artist named Magdalen Tyrrell is humiliated by Rep. Philemon Fielding of Arkansas during a subcommittee hearing, and then Fielding is murdered outside of a porno theater in Times Square. Still pumped up from this success (it's clear that Tyrrell is responsible for the politician's murder), Tyrrell decides to confront the man she suspects of being her estranged father, who is none other than Roger Channing, owner of Wild-Freeman. He rejects her and incurs her wrath. As a result, Channing hires a reformed-alcoholic security guard named Eric Szabo, who is to be put on the payroll immediately as an assistant editor, although his real job will be to protect Channing. Soon an anonymous phone call tips Channing off that the threat has been expanded to cover 546 people, and the dynamic duo of Speed and Szabo are hot on Tyrrell's trail. Channing's character is frankly silly (he holds private meetings in a private railroad car named ``Utopia Parkway'' that he keeps parked in Manhattan's Grand Central Station). But Speed is a likable, naturally curious lead, and Szabo makes a good-natured sidekick. Some of the intrigue here, particularly the intra-office machinations at Wild-Freeman, where several employees suspect that Szabo has been brought on board solely because he is Speed's lover, is over the top (if only publishing were this exciting). But Gibbs keeps the action coming fast and furious, so it's easy to push past those annoying details and get back to more good stuff. One complaint: The title reveals one of the novel's carefully tended secrets sooner than it should. Ridiculous, but enjoyable and hard to put down. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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