"Oh, what a
tangled web we weave/when first we practice to
deceive" Sir Walter
The book Murder At the Washington Tribune is a story of
a very tangled web of deceit, half-truths and outright lies.
Joe Wilcox is reporter on the Washington Tribune. He has a
solid reputation for being a good reporter. He has never
resorted to what is generally referred to as tabloid
journalism. His reputation has gained him support within the
police department and one policewoman Edith Vargas-Swayze has always
cooperated with Joe and given him any leads that she possibly
Joe's daughter Roberta works for a local TV station
and just received an award for Best Local Investigative
Reporting. Joe and his wife Georgia are very proud of their
daughter and content with their life and each other. Or at
least Georgia is content. Joe is beginning to feel his age and
watching the young reporters coming into the paper with all their
enthusiasm is making him feel inadequate.
Jean Kaporis was a
beautiful young woman working at the Tribune and had recently been
murdered one evening while working. Joe was at a dead-end on
the story and was being pushed by his superiors to come up with
something new. Then Colleen McNamara, another pretty young
woman, was found murdered in the park. Joe visits the McNamara
family and drops a hint that there might be a serial killer in
Washington. Then he decides to go ahead and write a story
along those lines.
The lie escalates from there. Joe is
hiding the truth from his daughter regarding the serial killer
item. He is refusing to name his source for the information
even to his good friend Edith.
To really tangle the web Joe's
brother Michael turns up in Washington, DC. Michael has spent
the last forty years in a mental institution. When he was a
young man he murdered a neighbor girl and sentenced to a mental
hospital. Georgia is aware of Michael's existence but Roberta
does not even know she has an uncle.
Then there is a third
murder and this time it is a man and Michael's neighbor.
is a complicated story and as you read it won't be an easy task to
figure out the guilty party. The ending surprised
This is the first Margaret Truman book I have read but I
do intend to read more of her books.
REVIEWED BY PATRICIA E.
DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, PATRICIA E.