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In Margaret Truman's Murder on the Metro, Jon Land's first thrilling addition to the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series, Robert Brixton uncovers a sinister plot threatening millions of American lives! "A roller coaster of a novel." —David Baldacci, New York Times bestselling author Israel: A drone-based terrorist attack kills dozens on a sun-splashed beach in C In Margaret Truman's Murder on the Metro, Jon Land's first thrilling addition to the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series, Robert Brixton uncovers a sinister plot threatening millions of American lives! "A roller coaster of a novel." —David Baldacci, New York Times bestselling author Israel: A drone-based terrorist attack kills dozens on a sun-splashed beach in Caesarea. Washington: America awakens to the shattering news that Vice President Stephanie Davenport has died of an apparent heart attack. That same morning, a chance encounter on the Washington Metro results in international private investigator Robert Brixton thwarting an attempted terrorist bombing. Brixton has no reason to suspect that the three incidents have anything in common, until he’s contacted by Kendra Rendine, the Secret Service agent who headed up the vice president’s security detail. Rendine is convinced the vice president was murdered and needs Brixton’s investigative expertise to find out why. In Israel, meanwhile, legendary anti-terrorist fighter Lia Ganz launches her own crusade against the perpetrators of that attack which nearly claimed the lives of her and granddaughter. Ganz’s trail will ultimately take her to Washington where she joins forces with Brixton to uncover an impossible link between the deadly attack on Caesarea and the attempted Metro bombing, as well as the death of the vice president. The connection lies in the highest corridors of power in Washington where a deadly plot with unimaginable consequences has been hatched. With the clock ticking toward doomsday, Brixton and Ganz race against time to save millions of American lives who will otherwise become collateral damage to a conspiracy destined to change the United States forever. "Margaret Truman’s Murder in the Metro is a spectacular international thriller of intrigue and conspiracy that I could . . . not . . . put . . . down." —Mark Greaney, New York Times bestselling author


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In Margaret Truman's Murder on the Metro, Jon Land's first thrilling addition to the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series, Robert Brixton uncovers a sinister plot threatening millions of American lives! "A roller coaster of a novel." —David Baldacci, New York Times bestselling author Israel: A drone-based terrorist attack kills dozens on a sun-splashed beach in C In Margaret Truman's Murder on the Metro, Jon Land's first thrilling addition to the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series, Robert Brixton uncovers a sinister plot threatening millions of American lives! "A roller coaster of a novel." —David Baldacci, New York Times bestselling author Israel: A drone-based terrorist attack kills dozens on a sun-splashed beach in Caesarea. Washington: America awakens to the shattering news that Vice President Stephanie Davenport has died of an apparent heart attack. That same morning, a chance encounter on the Washington Metro results in international private investigator Robert Brixton thwarting an attempted terrorist bombing. Brixton has no reason to suspect that the three incidents have anything in common, until he’s contacted by Kendra Rendine, the Secret Service agent who headed up the vice president’s security detail. Rendine is convinced the vice president was murdered and needs Brixton’s investigative expertise to find out why. In Israel, meanwhile, legendary anti-terrorist fighter Lia Ganz launches her own crusade against the perpetrators of that attack which nearly claimed the lives of her and granddaughter. Ganz’s trail will ultimately take her to Washington where she joins forces with Brixton to uncover an impossible link between the deadly attack on Caesarea and the attempted Metro bombing, as well as the death of the vice president. The connection lies in the highest corridors of power in Washington where a deadly plot with unimaginable consequences has been hatched. With the clock ticking toward doomsday, Brixton and Ganz race against time to save millions of American lives who will otherwise become collateral damage to a conspiracy destined to change the United States forever. "Margaret Truman’s Murder in the Metro is a spectacular international thriller of intrigue and conspiracy that I could . . . not . . . put . . . down." —Mark Greaney, New York Times bestselling author

30 review for Murder on the Metro

  1. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Jon Land, Macmillan-Tor Forge, and Forge Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. Having been passed the torch to continue Margaret Truman’s Capital Crimes series, Jon Land fills two pairs of very large shoes. Developing the Robert Brixton character a little more, Land is able to continue the narrative and show readers that this P.I. still has what it takes, especially when s First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Jon Land, Macmillan-Tor Forge, and Forge Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. Having been passed the torch to continue Margaret Truman’s Capital Crimes series, Jon Land fills two pairs of very large shoes. Developing the Robert Brixton character a little more, Land is able to continue the narrative and show readers that this P.I. still has what it takes, especially when stumbling upon a massive secret that could leave many dead across the United States. Fans of the series who have accepted that Mackensie Smith has become a secondary character will likely enjoy this one, as well as any reader who enjoys an intense political thriller with a peppering of international intrigue. Robert Brixton has spent the better part of the last five years remember his daughter and how she was killed by a suicide bomber while seated in a cafe. The pain remains wedged front and centre in his mind, though he is now able to compartmentalise it when needed. After learning from his best friend, Mackensie Smith, that his job as a P.I. is being made redundant, he wonders what the next chapter in his life might be. While riding on the Washington Metro, Brixton noticing a woman not dressed for the weather and acting in a highly suspicious manner. Following her, Brixton is able to chase her off the train, just in time for her suicide vest to explode. Brixton’s keen senses have saved many lives and he is congratulated when interviewed by a gruff detective before being whisked away for medical treatment. Meanwhile, in the Naval Observatory, the US vice-president is ending another day with her head of Secret Service detail. Kendra Rendine has promised to keep the VPOTUS safe at all costs, though nothing could prepare her when the second most powerful person in American politics—a woman, no less—dies suddenly of a heart attack. Rendine is stunned, moreso when she learns that there may have been some ‘help’ to ensure the medical event occurred. Working alongside Brixton, Rendine begins exploring the truth behind the heart attack, surmising that someone has been plotting for a while. When Brixton uncovers truths behind the Metro bombing that he had not realised before, he’s stunned to see that there are ties to a meeting in the White House and a prisoner in a federal facility with no formal documentation. All the while, a drone attack in Israel awakens a Mossad operative to a larger terrorist cell developing in Washington. Answers await, though who can be trusted is anyone’s guess. Brixton and Rendine may have some needed answers, but Mossad has never played well in the sandbox with others. As Brixton uncovers the truth behind the bombing, the murder of VPOTUS, and a terror cell’s strike in Israel, he discovers that there is something taking place deep in the White House that no one could have predicted was taking place. It’s going to take more than a simple accusation to reveal this truth, with an election on the horizon. Jon Land does well to pick up where his two predecessors left off. Donald Bain and Margaret Truman both honed the complex and long-running narrative of the Capital Crime series effectively, though Land does not miss a beat. He tackles the big issues and is able to spin a tale like no other, keeping series fans from bemoaning a change in style and intensity. Robert Brixton remains at the centre of the story, a place that Donald Bain chose for him years ago. Brixton continues to struggler with the death of his daughter, as well as his search for love with a woman who does not always accept his hands-off approach. Instilled with a determination to seek answers wherever questions remain, Brixton is keen to get to the heart of the matter without thinking of himself. There is little time for backstory, though the limited development Land permits works well to solidify him as an essential part of the series and this story. The use of strong secondary characters works well in this series, As mentioned above, one-time star, Mac Smith, has been relegated to window dressing, though he does well in his position. Kendra Rendine is a wonderful Land creation and she works well throughout the quick-pace narrative. Rendine works effectively throughout the piece, offering up some nuggets that readers will likely enjoy. She surrounds herself with a handful of other key players, each of whom brings something to the story that makes it the strong piece that readers will come to find exciting. I often have issues when an author takes up the worl of another, particularly on the death of the series creator. When Margaret Truman passed and the torch went to Donald Bain, I worried about the strength of the series. After a little patience, I realised that while this would not be Truman 2.0, it worked and I could continue to commit to the books. Now, with Bain having passed, Jon Land is handed the reins to see what he can make of things. Neither Truman 3.0 or Bain 2.0, Land has begun to carve out his own niche and does so well. I hope he will be able to commit to keeping the series on point and not allow this to be a ‘side job’. The story worked really well for me, combining the political and criminal elements of a decent thriller. A strong narrative pushed things together nicely and meshed some strong plots into a cohesive story that finds a way to come together at its climax. With a number of strong characters, Land keeps the reader invested in the story, offering some ties to those who laid the groundwork for the series—read: Mac Smith—without getting lost in the past. Using a mix of chapter lengths and plot perspectives, Land keeps the reader wondering and pushing on, if only to learn how the various crimes connect and what the master plan might be for those pulling all the strings. I came into this piece somewhat hesitant about what to expect, but am keen to see Jon Land’s plan for series writing, after this stellar effort. Kudos, Mr. Land, for impressing me with your first attempt at this long and highly intriguing series. Donald Bain did well in choosing you for his successor and I am sure Margaret Truman would be equally as impressed. Keep writing and series fans will take notice! Be sure to check for my review, first posted on Mystery and Suspense, as well as a number of other insightful comments by other reviewers. https://www.mysteryandsuspense.com/mu... Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Fundin

    I have been reading Jon Land’s books for decades, but have never read any of Margaret Truman’s Capital Crime series, until now. This was different from the Murder She Wrote and Caitlin Strong novels Jon writes and I loved it. We start out with Lia and her granddaughter enjoying the beach…until the drones come and the bullets begin flying. It was a miracle they were still alive. Lia had retired from her job in the Elite Special Ops of the Israeli Army after suffering wounds that kept her at her de I have been reading Jon Land’s books for decades, but have never read any of Margaret Truman’s Capital Crime series, until now. This was different from the Murder She Wrote and Caitlin Strong novels Jon writes and I loved it. We start out with Lia and her granddaughter enjoying the beach…until the drones come and the bullets begin flying. It was a miracle they were still alive. Lia had retired from her job in the Elite Special Ops of the Israeli Army after suffering wounds that kept her at her desk. She feels she has no choice but to get back in the game. Thousands of miles away, in Washington D C, Brixton is on the Washington Metro when his senses go on high alert. He spots a woman wearing a hijab. She brings to mind the woman responsible for his daughter’s death. The flash told him he was too late to stop her, but his actions saved many lives. The VP has heart issues and I love the frightening stance Jon Land took with the issue. I love that his mind is able to conceive of such realistic scenarios. Lia and Brixton carefully and quietly try to discover what is really going on and the danger mounts. If they weren’t so highly thought of and had a track record to prove it, some might have thought they were paranoid. What’s the saying…You’re not paranoid if they are out to get you. Others are drawn in and it becomes too big to keep secret. Jon Land quickly captures my attention and it never lets up. I love reading about conspiracies. When Jon has the characters talking about the NSA having access to all the cameras, like the ones at gas stations, traffic lights, tolls, it made me think of the TV show, Person of Interest. Like all things, it can be used for good or evil. What do a nun, an Israeli Mossad agent, and an international American Private Investigator have in common? This is power gone wild and it will take all of them to stop it. WHOA! Murder on the Metro goes so far over the line, it frightens me. Is it possible? I believe most anything is possible in the electronic age we live it. Talk about political machinations, Murder on the Metro seems all too real. From current events, we can see some leaders will go to any extreme to accomplish their goals. The steps they will go to to keep and have the ultimate power is an ultimate betrayal. Jon Land wrapped up the story in spectacular fashion, leaving me hopeful for our future. I do think there are more good than bad people, though at times it’s hard to keep that in mind, and his writing is so realistic, I believe it could really happen. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Murder On The Metro by Jon Land. See more at fundinmental

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. I read and greatly enjoyed the original Capital Crimes Series written by Margaret Truman many, many years ago. I loved her insider knowledge about Washington and the political scene. They also had wonderful mysteries to solve and great characters. I've missed a lot of books between that time and this current book, but the same vibe is still here and Mackenzie Smith, much older Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. I read and greatly enjoyed the original Capital Crimes Series written by Margaret Truman many, many years ago. I loved her insider knowledge about Washington and the political scene. They also had wonderful mysteries to solve and great characters. I've missed a lot of books between that time and this current book, but the same vibe is still here and Mackenzie Smith, much older now, too. A terrorist drone attack on a beach in Israel. The death of the Vice President of the United States due to a heart attack. A Washington DC Metro car barely escapes a suicide bomber. All apparently unrelated to each other, but happening within the span of a few days. Soon after, international private investigator Robert Brixton, who thwarted the Merto bomber, is given his pink slip from longtime friend, Mac Smith, who is downsizing his law practice. Could life get any more complicated? Why, yes, it could. When Brixton is contacted by Kendra Rendine, the Secret Service agent in charge of the security detail for the vice president, his life gets complicated, very, very complicated. Kendra is convinced the vice president's death was not due to natural causes and she wants Braxton to help her prove it and find out why. Since there are several anomalies occurring all at once, Braxton agrees to help. When he is put in contact with former Mossed agent, Lia Ganz, due to a link between the drone attack and the bombing, Braxton is shocked to discover all three incidents were connected. The trail leads to some of the most powerful people in Washington and the plot they uncover could destroy the United States as we know it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    3 no 7

    “Murder on the Metro” is part of the “Capital Crimes Series” originally written by Margaret Truman. Jon Land has successfully continued the politically-based thriller series with this latest installment. The plot is compelling, grounded in truth, centered in headline grabbing international politics, but extending just beyond the edge of reality, at least for now. Land gives readers an inside look at Washington D. C., the people who live there, work there, and die there. The first-ever female vic “Murder on the Metro” is part of the “Capital Crimes Series” originally written by Margaret Truman. Jon Land has successfully continued the politically-based thriller series with this latest installment. The plot is compelling, grounded in truth, centered in headline grabbing international politics, but extending just beyond the edge of reality, at least for now. Land gives readers an inside look at Washington D. C., the people who live there, work there, and die there. The first-ever female vice president (Watch out Kamala) dies of a heart attack, but perhaps is it murder disguised as something else. Mackensie Smith’s law firm is downsizing. Robert Brixton, a private investigator in the greater DC area, prevents an unspeakable tragedy by a thwarting suicide bomber on the Metro. Detective Rogers is an enigma. Who is he? Who should he be? On the other side of the world, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, retired Mossad agent Lia Ganz avoids the tragedy of a drone attack on the beach. Elaborate sensory descriptions set the stage for the disaster and danger that is to come. The usual technology, including hidden cameras and drones bring all these characters together along with unlikely weapons such as a roller coaster and an actual ceiling. “Murder on the Metro” is a non-stop thrill ride that places readers inside the treachery and action. Events that are not supposed to happen just do. I received a review copy of “Murder on the Metro” from Jon Land and Forge Books. Land has continued the magnificent tradition of “Capital Crimes,” and with so much “material” available to draw on in D.C., I am sure there will be many more compelling nstallments to come.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Julie Watson

    Jon Land’s MURDER ON THE METRO is his first book in the assumption of the Margaret Truman series of murder mysteries. I had anticipated a cops and robbers type mystery involving murder. In was a shock to find myself quickly immersed in a full blown political espionage thriller, the quality of Thor, Mills, or Carr. It encompasses a multiple terrorist attack agenda leading to the unthinkable. It is a multi-protagonist, multi-scenario, intertwining plot involving many security/intelligence agents in Jon Land’s MURDER ON THE METRO is his first book in the assumption of the Margaret Truman series of murder mysteries. I had anticipated a cops and robbers type mystery involving murder. In was a shock to find myself quickly immersed in a full blown political espionage thriller, the quality of Thor, Mills, or Carr. It encompasses a multiple terrorist attack agenda leading to the unthinkable. It is a multi-protagonist, multi-scenario, intertwining plot involving many security/intelligence agents involved in US national security and that of Israel. This is a highly sophisticated, fast paced plot of terrorism, assassination, espionage and infiltration at the highest levels of government. It involves multiple Cabinet officials in levels of betrayal leading to the highest Office - that of President of the United States. This sophisticated, intricate plot employs acts of terrorism, assassination of senior US political figures, and the disappearance of key medical team members. Spooks are well represented with the Israeli Mossad’s female Lioness of Judah, Lia Ganz, a senior military officer who is lethal with a knife; an ex-cop Robert Brixton, once a member of the Strategic Intelligence Tasking Group of the State Department, now a private investigator who finds himself caught at the wrong time and place in his life- a terrorist bombing. There is a Secret Service agent in the Protective Division overseeing the Vice President who initiates the investigation of why an entire surgical team at Bethesda is now missing, and manipulated Saudi agents who are forced to investigate and report back on activities within mosques in the nation’s capital. Let’s not forget those true “ghosts” of Langley, Spooks, and retired senior level Secret Service who turn up dead, along with assorted others linked to the mystery. The question is, who is behind all of this, and how far up the chain of power does it go? This goes beyond a deep state moment. It’s an “Oh My God” moment when the instigator of all this is revealed and who the collaborators are. There are echoes of the past four years of our political history that resonate in this book at this point of time. It has you pondering if these elite would ever go so far as to execute this kind of plot within our government. Would they go this far, to execute millions, to achieve their ends? This is a superbly written novel of some 300 pages. It’s precise use of language, vocabulary, descriptive narrative and dialogue move you quickly through the book in a rapid page turning. It can be read in an afternoon or evening. It is a stunning masterpiece that should unnerve the hell out of all Americans. How far would they go to control power? I’ve no doubt that this portion that is an actual terror plot has been considered by many in the intelligence community. But did they ever envision it being executed by our own people against the average American citizen, housewives, school children, ordinary people? It is a stunning thought. I’ve read other Jon Land novels, but MURDER ON THE METRO takes thriller writing to a whole new level. Who ever thought you would see Secret Service, the FBI, CIA, a senior female Mossad Officer, the Mossad agents in the US, a nun broken out of prison, a brilliant hermit type knowledgeable on explosives, all come together in such a dynamic, explosive plot, literally an figuratively speaking? It’s a plot that takes your breath away and scarier than hell. Superbly written, brilliantly executed, and developed in over-laying subplots to where the final end brings you to an “oh my God” moment. Well done, Jon Land! Welcome to the world of espionage thrillers. You will give Brad Thor, Kyle Mills, and Jack Carr a run for their money with this one - a 5* read. It would be a higher rating if I could! You knocked this one out of the ballpark!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    This the first Capital Crimes series I read and the first by Jon Land as well. I read that the books in this series and by this author are excellent and was happy to be able to read and review this one. This is a mix of political and action thriller, fast paced and extremely gripping. It kept me on the edge and reading even if there was a moment when I thought I was going to stop as it was a bit too strong for me. My warning is that if you are a cat lover and a supporter of Amnesty International it This the first Capital Crimes series I read and the first by Jon Land as well. I read that the books in this series and by this author are excellent and was happy to be able to read and review this one. This is a mix of political and action thriller, fast paced and extremely gripping. It kept me on the edge and reading even if there was a moment when I thought I was going to stop as it was a bit too strong for me. My warning is that if you are a cat lover and a supporter of Amnesty International it could be a bit too much for you to read about a cat used to torture prisoners by making them becoming attached to the pet and then killing in front of the prisoner. I read this part just after having lost a pet and I thought “I can’t go on”. I decided to continue and it was the right decision because I enjoyed the story and the characters. I think that the author did in excellent job in deleting Lia and Brixton. They are both middle aged, they were fighters but they think they need to go back to fighting as they are personally involved in what is happening. The secondary characters are well written and strong. I loved sister Mary Alice and Rendine but I must tell that also the villains are interesting. The plot is tightly knitted and fast paced. There’s a lot of actions and the description of Washington political environment is interesting and vivid. Given what happened recently you are left wondering how much of the plot is fantasy and how much could be real. It’s a disturbing thought that add layers to this story. I want to read the other novels in Capitol Crimes series, this one is strongly recommended. Many thanks to Forge Books, Partners in Crime and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  7. 5 out of 5

    Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)

    I have only read a few of the 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗲 novels in the past, but they’ve all been excellent. This installment into the series was no exception! It was fast paced, highly addictive and definitely one I will be recommending! When I read a thriller novel, I want all the intense feelings, and characters that chiseled with depth. This one had both. I instantly felt a part of the chase with Brixton & Rendine. Each twist and turn they went through to solve the happenings centered around the Capital, I have only read a few of the 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗲 novels in the past, but they’ve all been excellent. This installment into the series was no exception! It was fast paced, highly addictive and definitely one I will be recommending! When I read a thriller novel, I want all the intense feelings, and characters that chiseled with depth. This one had both. I instantly felt a part of the chase with Brixton & Rendine. Each twist and turn they went through to solve the happenings centered around the Capital, I felt like so was right beside them. Each clue, each crime, each ending,brought me a little closer to the edge of my seat. If you like your political thrillers filled with amazing characters, white knuckle moments and endings that will leave you ready for more, then this is definitely a novel you don’t want to miss. The writing style is flawless, and the plot line is a perfect roller coaster ride. Definitely worthy of 4 stars and recommended to all! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Author/Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

  8. 5 out of 5

    BookTrib.com

    MURDER ON THE METRO is the quintessential political thriller; hard-hitting, fast-paced, and simultaneously deft and timely in its examination of our nation’s power center. Jon Land has given readers an outstanding addition to Margaret Truman’s beloved series. Read our full review here: https://booktrib.com/2021/02/16/jon-l... MURDER ON THE METRO is the quintessential political thriller; hard-hitting, fast-paced, and simultaneously deft and timely in its examination of our nation’s power center. Jon Land has given readers an outstanding addition to Margaret Truman’s beloved series. Read our full review here: https://booktrib.com/2021/02/16/jon-l...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Back when Margaret Truman wrote these books I use to read them all the time. After she passed I stopped reading them although she always had a following at our library even after Don Bain took over the duties. Now, there is another writer and this one has gotten me back into the Capital Crime series. Two older, semi-retired operatives join forces to save the United States from itself in this thrilling, turbulent, action packed narrative. A president with a debilitating disease, a government in cr Back when Margaret Truman wrote these books I use to read them all the time. After she passed I stopped reading them although she always had a following at our library even after Don Bain took over the duties. Now, there is another writer and this one has gotten me back into the Capital Crime series. Two older, semi-retired operatives join forces to save the United States from itself in this thrilling, turbulent, action packed narrative. A president with a debilitating disease, a government in crisis, and a manipulating First Lady all conspire to bring on an armageddon this country has never seen. Thank goodness for friends like Israel and their wiliness to aid in our salvation. Highly recommended!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ray Palen

    As I have gotten older, I have also become more nostalgic. As a lifelong reader I sometimes think about those authors who were personal favorites that have passed away during my lifetime. I am not talking about classic authors who have been gone for hundreds of years in some cases but those who I grew up reading that are no longer with us. Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, James Herbert, Peter Benchley, Richard Laymon … to name but a few. The saddest thing is that we not only lose all that creative As I have gotten older, I have also become more nostalgic. As a lifelong reader I sometimes think about those authors who were personal favorites that have passed away during my lifetime. I am not talking about classic authors who have been gone for hundreds of years in some cases but those who I grew up reading that are no longer with us. Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, James Herbert, Peter Benchley, Richard Laymon … to name but a few. The saddest thing is that we not only lose all that creative genius which made their work so memorable but also, in the case of recurring series, have lost those characters as well. It is moments like this that make me thankful that authors like Jon Land are just as nostalgic, if not more so, than I am. In the past handful of years Jon has not only continued the MURDER SHE WROTE series after the late Donald Bain passed away but now has jumped into the Capital Crimes series made famous by the late Margaret Truman. Truman has been gone since 2008 but prior to that had penned twenty-five of the thirty-one novels in her Capital Crimes series. Now, Mr. Land has taken the helm of yet another beloved series with his release of MARGARET TRUMAN’S MURDER ON THE METRO. There is a triad of horrific events that kick-off this high octane read --- a drone attack that kills people on a family beach in Israel; a terrorist attack with a suicide-bomber on a crowded Metro train in Washington, D.C.; the untimely death of the female Vice President of the United States. Of course, all these events are connected and as a result will find both U.S. Special Forces as well as Israel’s Mossad working on the attacks. Ironically, there was both an International Private Investigator and a former Mossad agent at each of the two terrorist attacks. Lia Ganz is spending time with her granddaughter on a beach in Caesarea, Israel, and only survives an impending terrorist drone attack because they were in the water when the attack happened. Those patrons who were lying on the sand were not so lucky. In Washington, D.C., one week later, Vice President Stephanie Davenport succumbs to what appears to be a heart attack while her lead Secret Service Bodyguard, Kendra Rendine, was powerless to bring her back to life. Following these events, Robert Brixton --- a former cop/SITQUAL Agent and now International Private Investigator --- is reliving the terrorist attack that took the life of his daughter while in his presence five years earlier when what looks like a suicide bomber is spotted by him while riding the Metro Train in D.C. Brixton thwarts the attack, and many lives are saved. When he awakens after the attack, he is immediately questioned about his involvement by a Detective Rogers. It is only after the fact that Brixton learns there was no one by the name of Detective Rogers working the attack and that person was most likely involved in it. Brixton immediately starts working the case even though he is very much a lone wolf and not sure of who he can trust. This is especially evident when he gets with Kendra Rendine and learns that the Vice President had three stents put in her heart not long before her heart attack. Unfortunately, the stents that were removed in the autopsy were not the same ones Rendine had seen during the operation. She then remembers someone delivering new stents to the operating room and that person looked amazingly like the individual Brixton knew as ‘Detective Rogers’. Meanwhile, former Mossad Agent and expert at Krav Maga, Lia Ganz, has made her way from Israel to D.C. because her intel notified her of an imminent terrorist threat on U.S. soil, one that would put the events of 9/11 to shame. Brixton has another run-in with Rogers and this time it is a fight to the death with Brixton coming out on top. Somehow, Rogers body is moved before it can be taken into apprehension by the U.S. Government. Brixton, Rendine, and later Ganz all share information and begin to put pieces of the puzzle together. It appears that the POTUS is mentally incapacitated and not fit to hold office. This has all been a guarded secret between the First Lady and select members of the cabinet who are trying to figure things out before the next election. It now seems like the Vice President may have gotten wind of this coup and was killed for it. When Rendine is eliminated from the equation, Brixton and Ganz realize they are getting too close and are up against some really powerful folks who will stop at nothing to forward their deadly agenda. When they learn of a potential terrorist attack at a nuclear facility on U.S. soil that would kill millions of people just to cover up the political change of power in the White House, they must race against time to stop it. The two of them are armed with just their wits, years of experience, and an eighty-five-year-old Nun who knows everything about this clandestine nuclear site and the hidden tunnels beneath it. What we are set up for is a breath-taking series of events to save the U.S. from being harmed possibly beyond repair by an internal threat the people are powerless to stop. Continuing Margaret Truman’s Capital Crimes Series provides author Jon Land a landscape to work with that is literally less confining than dealing with Cabot Cove in the Murder She Wrote novels. He has taken the Capital Crimes template and elevated it with MURDER ON THE METRO to create something truly global in scale and more on par with is stellar Caitlin Strong novels. Land shares with us that he is already at work on the next Robert Brixton novel entitled MURDER AT THE CDC and I can only speculate how intense and relevant that story will be. On behalf of all Capital Crimes readers --- thank you, Mr. Land! Reviewed by Ray Palen for Book Reporter

  11. 4 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    https://openbooksociety.com/article/m... Murder on the Metro Capital Crimes #31 By Margaret Truman, Jon Land ISBN 9781250238870 jonlandbooks.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie Synopsis: In Margaret Truman’s Murder on the Metro, Jon Land’s first thrilling addition to the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series, Robert Brixton uncovers a sinister plot threatening millions of American lives! Israel: A drone-based terrorist attack kills dozens on a sun-splashed beach in Caesarea. Washington: A https://openbooksociety.com/article/m... Murder on the Metro Capital Crimes #31 By Margaret Truman, Jon Land ISBN 9781250238870 jonlandbooks.com Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie Synopsis: In Margaret Truman’s Murder on the Metro, Jon Land’s first thrilling addition to the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series, Robert Brixton uncovers a sinister plot threatening millions of American lives! Israel: A drone-based terrorist attack kills dozens on a sun-splashed beach in Caesarea. Washington: America awakens to the shattering news that Vice President Stephanie Davenport has died of an apparent heart attack. That same morning, a chance encounter on the Washington Metro results in international private investigator Robert Brixton thwarting an attempted terrorist bombing. Brixton has no reason to suspect that the three incidents have anything in common, until he’s contacted by Kendra Rendine, the Secret Service agent who headed up the vice president’s security detail. Rendine is convinced the vice president was murdered and needs Brixton’s investigative expertise to find out why. In Israel, meanwhile, legendary anti-terrorist fighter Lia Ganz launches her own crusade against the perpetrators of that attack which nearly claimed the lives of her and granddaughter. Ganz’s trail will ultimately take her to Washington where she joins forces with Brixton to uncover an impossible link between the deadly attack on Caesarea and the attempted Metro bombing, as well as the death of the vice president. The connection lies in the highest corridors of power in Washington where a deadly plot with unimaginable consequences has been hatched. With the clock ticking toward doomsday, Brixton and Ganz race against time to save millions of American lives who will otherwise become collateral damage to a conspiracy destined to change the United States forever. (from Goodreads) Review: What a stunning, outstanding thriller! This is the kind of novel that kept me up at night…not just reading, but also thinking about how real it could become. There is an amazing cast of honorable characters, many of whom I easily empathized with. Those who are dishonorable don’t appear to be at first. Throughout the novel however, they ooze out of the woodwork. Serving one’s country has never been so dangerously deceptive. Lia, nicknamed the Lioness of Judah, has been retired from the Israeli Defense Force since incurring an injury three years earlier. She and her three-year-old grandbaby are in the water at the beach in Caesarea, Israel when she hears engines. She sees drones heading toward those who are on the beach and is horrified as many of the students on school holiday are mowed down by the weapons on the drones. Had Lia not been in the water, where the drones did not attack, she and her granddaughter would have been among the casualties. Robert Brixton, a private investigator with international ties, and formerly contracted to provide security for the state department, is on the Metro in DC, heading for an early morning meeting. Aware of his surroundings, he sees a woman with the look of someone about to cause trouble. He recognized it on another face five years earlier, unfortunately too late to get his daughter out of a restaurant before the suicide bomber pulled the cord. When she realizes she has been made, he follows her with his weapon drawn but knows that to shoot her could cause reflexive detonation. She stepped between the cars and the ensuing blast did not do the intended murderous damage. Kendra is head of the vice president’s Secret Service detail. Stephanie is the first female VP and is admired by most, no matter their party. A few weeks earlier she had stents placed in three arteries and has several things in place to monitor her heart for potential problems. The procedure seemed to have been successful until the night the alert came through Kendra’s earpiece shortly after leaving the VP. Despite attempts to resuscitate, it is too late. The Vice President is gone. Each do the best they can to follow up with contacts they know before two of them tentatively work together. Others from the alphabet soup of three-letter agencies seek to help – or hinder – what they are doing. What they know for sure is that the threat is coming from inside the United States, possibly the upper echelons of government. What they find is horrifying; this should never happen in America. Good people die trying to find where and how the attack will occur. A few of the bad guys, hired “ghosts”, begin to die, also. Nothing could prepare them for the massive attack that is coming. Robert, and Lia to a smaller degree, are the only characters that we get to learn more about beyond their current situation and position; others are defined according to their role. I like all the protagonists, including the one who gives them the exact clue they need. All are brilliant, well-trained, and have connections that can get them information or additional contacts as needed. They have a strong sense of justice and love for their respective countries. The plot is exquisitely executed, with a volatile conclusion that is choreographed well with one scene reminiscent of a John Wayne movie. Plot twists throughout led up to this conclusion, and all loose ends are tied up. This is also a testimony to long-term friendships and business relationships and the tremendous value of seasoned agents of change. One can’t be too old to make a difference! I very much enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to the next one; I highly recommend this incredible thriller!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    As I have gotten older, I have become more nostalgic. As a lifelong reader, I sometimes think about some of my favorite authors who have passed away during my lifetime: Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, James Herbert, Peter Benchley and Richard Laymon, to name just a few. Not only do we lose all the creative genius that made their work so memorable, we lose their characters as well. That is why I am so thankful that authors like Jon Land are just as nostalgic as I am, if not more so. In the past hand As I have gotten older, I have become more nostalgic. As a lifelong reader, I sometimes think about some of my favorite authors who have passed away during my lifetime: Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, James Herbert, Peter Benchley and Richard Laymon, to name just a few. Not only do we lose all the creative genius that made their work so memorable, we lose their characters as well. That is why I am so thankful that authors like Jon Land are just as nostalgic as I am, if not more so. In the past handful of years, Land has continued the Murder, She Wrote series after Donald Bain passed away, and now he has taken the reins of the Capital Crimes canon made famous by the late Margaret Truman with its 31st installment, MURDER ON THE METRO. A series of horrific events, all of which are connected, kick off this high-octane read. A drone attack kills people on a family beach in Israel, where former Mossad agent Lia Ganz is spending time with her granddaughter. They survive because they are in the water when it happens, but those who are lying on the sand are not so lucky. In Washington, D.C., Vice President Stephanie Davenport succumbs to what appears to be a heart attack, while her lead Secret Service agent, Kendra Rendine, is powerless to bring her back to life. That same morning, international private investigator Robert Brixton is reliving the terrorist attack that took the life of his daughter five years earlier when he spots what looks like a suicide bomber while riding the Washington Metro. He thwarts the attempted attack, and many lives are saved. A gentleman who identifies himself as Detective Rogers questions Brixton about his involvement. However, it turns out that no one by that name is working on the case. Brixton is very much a lone wolf and not sure who he can trust. This is especially evident when he meets with Rendine and learns that the Vice President had three stents put in her heart not long before her heart attack. Unfortunately, the stents that were removed in the autopsy are not the same ones that Rendine had seen during the operation. She then remembers someone delivering new stents to the operating room who looked amazingly like Rogers. Meanwhile, Ganz has made her way from Israel to D.C. because her intel notified her of an imminent terrorist threat on U.S. soil, one that would put the events of 9/11 to shame. Brixton has another run-in with Rogers, and this time it is a fight to the death, with Brixton coming out on top. Somehow, Rogers’ body is moved before it can be taken into apprehension by the U.S. government. Brixton, Rendine and later Ganz all share information and begin putting the pieces of the puzzle together. It appears that the President is mentally incapacitated and not fit to hold office. This has all been a guarded secret between the First Lady and select members of the Cabinet, who are trying to figure things out before the next election. It now seems like the Vice President may have gotten wind of this coup and was killed for it. Brixton and Ganz realize that they are getting too close and are up against some powerful folks who will stop at nothing to forward their deadly agenda. When they learn of a potential terrorist attack at a nuclear facility on U.S. soil that would kill millions of people just to cover up the political change of power in the White House, they must race against time to stop it. They are armed with just their wits, years of experience, and an 85-year-old nun who knows everything about this clandestine nuclear site and the hidden tunnels beneath it. What follows is a breathtaking series of events to save the U.S. from being harmed, possibly beyond repair, by an internal threat that the people are powerless to stop. Jon Land has taken the Capital Crimes template and elevated it to create a work that is truly global in scale and more on par with his stellar Caitlin Strong novels. He already is working on the next entry in the series, MURDER AT THE CDC, and I can only speculate how intense and relevant that story will be. On behalf of all Capital Crimes readers, thank you, Mr. Land! Reviewed by Ray Palen

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ray Moon

    Great Start — Questionable Ending At Least For Me The novel opens with a retired Mossad grandmother enjoying the waters of Caesarea, Israel, with her granddaughter. The child was discovering her grandmother’s gunshot injuries when two drones buzz the beach and start shooting and killing everyone in sight. Next, the head of the Vice-President security detail has just left the VP in her bedroom for the night. The VP recently had heart surgery and is on a heart monitor. The VP flat lines and is dead Great Start — Questionable Ending At Least For Me The novel opens with a retired Mossad grandmother enjoying the waters of Caesarea, Israel, with her granddaughter. The child was discovering her grandmother’s gunshot injuries when two drones buzz the beach and start shooting and killing everyone in sight. Next, the head of the Vice-President security detail has just left the VP in her bedroom for the night. The VP recently had heart surgery and is on a heart monitor. The VP flat lines and is dead before the protection team can enter her bedroom. Lastly, an ex-cop, who previously has performed some security work for the State Department, is riding the Metro to work and notices a woman trying to be inconspicuous but reminding him of the woman five years earlier who was a suicide-bomber had killed his young daughter right before his eyes. She starts toward the end of the car and tries to go between the doors into the next car. She disappears between the train and her vest explodes. From here the novel proceeds at full speed. The main storyline is fast paced and action packed. In most conspiratorial-thriller novels, there are twists, turns, and dead ends in trying to identify the perpetrator. In this novel, each bit of progress starts to indicate that a terrible ominous threat is unfolding. I felt that the storyline was sending tendrils out that entangled my attention and would not let it go. This quality in a novel is my major requirement for a high star rating. As I have seen in these action thrillers, the B-storyline is sprinkled along the way as the action timeline. It is there and provides enough to provide some depth of understanding of the main storyline. A more robust B-storyline would only slow down an action thriller like this. For characteristics that some fine objectionable, there are not any intimate scenes. As you would expect an action thriller, there is quite a bit of violence, such as, fights, killings, and terrorist attacks. Most all of it is described as it happen and in the first person, so it is much more edgy. Use of vulgar language is quite low level. There was an aspect of this novel that I did like very much. There is a character in the novel that you do not know who he really is. Is he on the hero’s side or is he playing the hero? This unknown status enhanced the thriller side of this novel for me. As I was approaching the last quarter of the novel, it was running like a bullet train. Then, for me, it derailed. There were glaring, to me, errors in technology, physics, and history. I’m being quite vague because I am a quandary on how handle this in my review. After writing a review on a recent novel, I looked at the 1 star reviews. The heroine of the novel was a diver, and a diver ripped this novel for how unrealistic was the novel’s heroine. I first wanted to give a low star rating, but I thought that I recently justified a high star rating against this type of criticism by stating that I was entertained and enjoyed reading this novel. I read to be entertained. I do not know of any entertainment movie or TV show that does not take short cuts to keep the storyline flowing and come to a satisfactory conclusion. Overall, my star rating plummeted from a four to five to two star rating when the storyline derailed. After finishing reading, I developed my thoughts expressed in the previous paragraph. For me, I rated the book at three, but removing my objections with the novel, I rate this novel with four stars. Just remember that there are literary land mines that may spoil your enjoyment. It is possible that you will not trip across one of these. Let the reader be forewarned. I will say that I will not be reading any more novels from this series. I have received a free e-book version of this novel through NetGalley from Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books with an expectation for an honest, unbiased review. I wish to thank Macmillan-Tor/Forge Books for the opportunity to read and review this novel early.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    What could an amusement park maintenance man in Israel’s Judean Hills, an 85-year-old nun, the US Vice President, and a young Lebanese student have in common? This powerful, fast-paced thriller is Jon Land’s first addition to the long-time series, and what a fabulous, all-absorbing novel it is! This is the first I’ve read in the series; I picked it up as a relatively new fan of the author and was absolutely captivated from the start. It can be read as a standalone as sufficient backstory is inclu What could an amusement park maintenance man in Israel’s Judean Hills, an 85-year-old nun, the US Vice President, and a young Lebanese student have in common? This powerful, fast-paced thriller is Jon Land’s first addition to the long-time series, and what a fabulous, all-absorbing novel it is! This is the first I’ve read in the series; I picked it up as a relatively new fan of the author and was absolutely captivated from the start. It can be read as a standalone as sufficient backstory is included on characters and situations. Vice President Stephanie Davenport recently had stents put into three arteries. Kendra, head of her Secret Service detail, is everything I would expect from a high-profile guardian. She has been concerned for Stephanie since before the procedure, as something has been bothering the vice president since her last briefing with the President. Then one night Stephanie had a heart attack and nothing they did saved her. Robert Brixton once was part of a group that provided protective services to people at the State Department. Five years earlier, his daughter was killed by a suicide bomber; he has never gotten over being unable to get her out of the bomber’s path before detonation. On his way into his current office where he does private investigative work for his best friend’s law firm, he sees another woman whose expression reminds him of the suicide bomber of years ago. He tries to stop her before she reaches for the cord, she got spooked and left the Metro train car, where the vest was detonated. Lia, known as the Lioness of Judah before an injury put her into retirement, had been a colonel in the Israeli Defense Force. Since then, she spends most of her time being a grandmother and missing the life she used to have. That is about to change, however, when shots from several terrorist drones on the beach in Caesarea down dozens of students. She and her little granddaughter were in the water and could only watch; thankfully, the drones had not been aimed in the water where they were. Lia chose to come off retirement to help with the threat to her country. What she learns, and what Robert subsequently learns, from their contacts and travels, sends them racing through DC, Baltimore, New York City, even Tennessee, trying to discover and prevent the plans of those who have plotted to steal the country for their own purposes. People who are caught looking too closely or asking questions are dying or disappearing. Whether or not Robert, Lia, and the person they break out of federal prison can stop the disaster before it occurs is anyone’s guess. This is an excellent thriller! I wasn’t prepared for the intensity! I was quickly invested in the protagonists and the plot. Finding out how our country could be destroyed by the plans of one person who swayed people in the highest places of government while keeping it from the media was frightening. While the reader is let in slowly on who was involved, what the reader does not know is where the worst would occur, when, and what it would be. The ending is spectacular and very satisfying. I highly recommend this to fans of the series, the author, and breath-stealing thrillers with non-stop action. From a thankful heart: I received a complimentary copy of this novel, and this is my honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Russell

    MURDER ON THE METRO By Jon Land Reviewed by: Russ Ilg “You need to get somewhere safe,” one character tells another late in MURDER ON THE METRO, to which the other responds, “I don’t think there is such a place anymore.” That should come as no surprise, given that Jon Land has picked up the writing duties in this 31st book in the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series originally conceived by Margaret Truman. After all, Land is no stranger to high stakes thrillers in which the countr MURDER ON THE METRO By Jon Land Reviewed by: Russ Ilg “You need to get somewhere safe,” one character tells another late in MURDER ON THE METRO, to which the other responds, “I don’t think there is such a place anymore.” That should come as no surprise, given that Jon Land has picked up the writing duties in this 31st book in the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series originally conceived by Margaret Truman. After all, Land is no stranger to high stakes thrillers in which the country, or entire world, hang in the balance. In MURDER ON THE METRO, those stakes include the United States government which is about to be overthrown. Yes, you heard that right. Known for tearing his ideas from the headlines, Land actually writes his own this time out, having the prescience to pretty much predict what we all witnessed on January 6 when a mob descended on the Capitol. And the result, from an entertainment standpoint, is one of those rare literary sure things. A can’t-miss, can’t-put-it-down, can’t-believe-I’m-reading-this thriller that clicks on every level. Land retains series vet, and international private investigator, Robert Brixton as the book’s lead, albeit with a bit more of an edge and heightened skill set. That makes him a fitting counterpoint to one of the book’s two heroines: Lia Ganz, a former Israeli commando who comes out of retirement to track down the terrorists responsible for a horrific beach attack in Caesarea. There’s also Secret Service agent Kendra Rendine, head of the female vice president’s security detail and a friend of Brixton’s. They move in the same circles, those circles converging when Rendine suspects that the vice president’s death to a heart attack was actually foul play. It’s left to Brixton to uncover the specific means and manner, even as he comes to realize an implicit connection between the murder of the vice president, that strike on Israel, and an attempted terrorist attack on the Washington Metro that he thwarted (hence the book’s title). That connection brings him to the White House itself and a scheming first lady dealing with her husband’s diminished mental capacity on the eve of an election, but not before Brixton and Lia Ganz break an 80-year-old nun out of federal prison. Turns out Sister Mary Alice Rose, a committed social activist inspired by the real-life exploits of Sister Megan Rice, is the only one who knows how all the pieces fit together, the glue coming in the form of a plot to murder millions of Americans. The stunning and stupendous MURDER ON THE METRO is one of those books that’s so much fun you hate to see it end. Featuring the perfect blend of action and intrigue, plot and character, pacing and suspense, here is a template for how thrillers are supposed to read. Coming in lean and mean at 288 pages and featuring Land’s patented short, cliffhanger-rich chapters, get ready to plunge into the best political thriller in recent memory.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    In MURDER ON THE METRO, author Jon Land's first novel in the Capital Crimes series (originated by Margaret Truman), a drone attack on an Israeli beach kills or maims hundreds, a sitting vice president drops dead of a heart attack and a suicide bomber blows herself up on Washington, D.C.'s Metro system. And that's just the book's prologue and first two chapters! Three seemingly random events that come together in ways no one involved could've ever expected. One of the people on that beach is Lia Ga In MURDER ON THE METRO, author Jon Land's first novel in the Capital Crimes series (originated by Margaret Truman), a drone attack on an Israeli beach kills or maims hundreds, a sitting vice president drops dead of a heart attack and a suicide bomber blows herself up on Washington, D.C.'s Metro system. And that's just the book's prologue and first two chapters! Three seemingly random events that come together in ways no one involved could've ever expected. One of the people on that beach is Lia Ganz, a retired Mossad legend who refuses to let this attack go unanswered. Something doesn't sit right with the Kendra Rendine, the head of the vice president's Secret Service detail and she begins to look into every detail surrounding the vice president's last few weeks. But to do that she needs some help and she goes to private investigator Robert Brixton (the series lead here). But Brixton has problems of his own. He was on that train and spotted the bomber. His reaction to the bomber led to only a partial "success" to the attack, averting hundreds more casualties as a result. All three have their own suspicions but what they don't know is that they have unwittingly stumbled upon a conspiracy that stretches so far and wide that the success of the plan would strike at the very fabric of the United States itself. And so begins a battle of wills, wit and plenty of gunfire. The trio have to find out what their unseen and incredibly powerful adversaries have planned and do everything they can to stop it. But who can you trust when it seems everyone in power is allied against you? Their reach and audacity is such that they've already left a trail of bodies in their wake...what's three more? Jon Land's debut writing this series is an absolute gem. With it's stunning opening act serving as just a rousing intro, MURDER ON THE METRO proceeds at a breakneck pace that whipsaws between each character as they track down their singular missions before coming together to put their lives on the line to stop a traitorous plot that threatens all we hold dear. What makes this thriller have such a sense of the possible is the actions of the villains doesn't seem all that far off from our own reality these days. With each turn of the page, Jon Land's story crackles with a barely contained energy that makes MURDER ON THE METRO a compulsively riveting thriller that provides one of the best reading experiences you will have this year.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Malandrinos

    A fast-paced, action-packed political thriller comes to you with Jon Land continuing Margaret Truman's Capital Crimes novels. On a beach in Caesarea, Israel Lia Ganz enjoys playtime with her granddaughter. Moments later, dozens of dead lay strewn across the sand as a result of a drone-based terrorist attack. Lia, also known as The Lioness of Judah, is officially back in action, launching a crusade against the perpetrators of the attack. That same morning, international private investigator Rober A fast-paced, action-packed political thriller comes to you with Jon Land continuing Margaret Truman's Capital Crimes novels. On a beach in Caesarea, Israel Lia Ganz enjoys playtime with her granddaughter. Moments later, dozens of dead lay strewn across the sand as a result of a drone-based terrorist attack. Lia, also known as The Lioness of Judah, is officially back in action, launching a crusade against the perpetrators of the attack. That same morning, international private investigator Robert Brixton thwarts an attempted terrorist bombing on the Washington Metro. Little does he know, The Lioness of Judah's trail will bring her all the way to Washington, where she will join forces with him to uncover the link between the beach attack and thwarted bombing on the Metro, as well as the murder of the vice president. What Lia and Brixton uncover is a deadly plot with unimaginable consequences that puts them in a race against time to save millions of American lives. In the 1980s, I discovered books by Margaret Truman such as Murder on Capitol Hill, Murder at the FBI, and Murder in the CIA. Fascinating stories set in our nation's capital, they captivated me with their action and intrigue. Monument to Murder (the 25th book in the series) was published in 2011, three years after her death. The series continued with five additional books written by Donald Bain until his death in 2017. Masterful storyteller Jon Land brings new life to an already fabulous series with Murder on the Metro. I was first introduced to Land's work in 2013 with Pandora's Temple and Strong Rain Falling--the fifth of his novels featuring Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong. Never once has Land disappointed, so I had high hopes going into Murder on the Metro. This novel drops you right into the action with the drone-attack in Israel followed by the thwarted bombing on the Washington Metro. What unfolds is an enthralling, spellbinding tale of a deadly plot with the potential to change the United States forever. From first page to last, the reader follows Land's characters to a thrilling conclusion. If you like fast-paced stories, tons of tension, plenty of intrigue, and the powerful struggles inside the capital, you must read Murder on the Metro. I can't wait to see what else Land comes up with for the Capital Crimes series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paul Sutter

    The death of noted author Margaret Truman in 2008 caused a massive void in the world of mystery writing. Up until that time besides standalone thrillers, she had penned twenty-three books in the immensely popular Capital Crimes series. Since her death the books have continued under the expertise of Donald Bain. Now it appears another author has taken over the series, one who needs little introduction. Jon Land is best noted for his Caitlin Strong series, and that series is a must read for this r The death of noted author Margaret Truman in 2008 caused a massive void in the world of mystery writing. Up until that time besides standalone thrillers, she had penned twenty-three books in the immensely popular Capital Crimes series. Since her death the books have continued under the expertise of Donald Bain. Now it appears another author has taken over the series, one who needs little introduction. Jon Land is best noted for his Caitlin Strong series, and that series is a must read for this reviewer. There has yet to be a clinker in the group, and it definitely bodes well for this series. MARGARET TRUMAN’S MURDER ON THE METRO is the first book from Land and it continues this series to a tee. It has the same tension and great writing that both Truman and Bain brought to the books. The book begins on a beach in Israel where a drone is firing deadly bullets at people enjoying a leisurely day at the beach. Witnessing the atrocity is former anti-terror Mossad crusader Lia Ganz who is with her granddaughter. It sets the wheels in motion for events that take Ganz eventually to the US. Meantime in the US, the Vice President of the United States Stephanie Davenport seems to have died from a massive heart attack. It appears an innocent and unexpected death. Secret Service Agent Kendra Rendine finds the body, and attempts at resuscitation are futile. Kendra thinks it was not simply a heart attack. Private Investigator Robert Brixton is recalling the death of his daughter due to a terrorist act five years earlier. He spots someone on the Washington Metro who may be a suicide bomber. He stops the attacks and soon becomes part of the picture as he talks to another man who seems to be a detective. Soon he does not exist. To say this is complex may seem an understatement. It has a bit of everything, from the US President who is suffering from dementia but it is kept secret, to his wife who has very ulterior motives in her own regards. Lia discovers there is a terrorist plot to make 9/11 look like an amateur feat and it may destroy the way of life in America forever. An 85 year old nun is a key character too and the doomsday clock ticks, and it seems only Brixton and Lia can stop it. If this book is any indication of where Jon Land will take this series, strap on your seatbelts because it is going to a wonderful and exhaustive ride.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Erica WhimsicalyMe

    Synopsis: In Margaret Truman's Murder on the Metro, Jon Land's first thrilling addition to the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series, Robert Brixton uncovers a sinister plot threatening millions of American lives!
📍Israel: A drone-based terrorist attack kills dozens on a sun-splashed beach in Caesarea. 📍Washington: America awakens to the shattering news that Vice President Stephanie Davenport has died of an apparent heart attack. 📍That same morning,on the Washington Metro, international Synopsis: In Margaret Truman's Murder on the Metro, Jon Land's first thrilling addition to the New York Times bestselling Capital Crimes series, Robert Brixton uncovers a sinister plot threatening millions of American lives!
📍Israel: A drone-based terrorist attack kills dozens on a sun-splashed beach in Caesarea. 📍Washington: America awakens to the shattering news that Vice President Stephanie Davenport has died of an apparent heart attack. 📍That same morning,on the Washington Metro, international private investigator Robert Brixton stops an attempted terrorist bombing. Brixton is contacted by Kendra Rendine, the Secret Service agent who head of the vice president’s security detail. She is convinced the vice president was murdered and needs Brixton’s investigative expertise to find out why. In Israel, legendary anti-terrorist fighter Lia Ganz launches her own crusade against the attack that nearly claimed the lives of her and granddaughter. Ganz’s trail takes her to Washington where she joins forces with Brixton to uncover an impossible link between all of the events. The connection lies in the highest powers in Washington, a deadly plot with unimaginable consequences. Brixton and Ganz race against time to save millions of American lives who will otherwise become collateral damage to a conspiracy destined to change the United States forever. My thoughts: This was a fast-paced, international thriller with scenarios that seem ALL TOO REAL in our current state of affairs and foreign policy. It is literally terrifying. I really loved Secret Service Agent Kendra Rendine, fell for PI Brixton hard, and Lia Ganz was a fierce female character still kicking a$$ and taking names at 49 years old. I love how John Land incorporated strong female characters in this type of thriller, which is usually more based on men. Overall, I enjoyed this one and so did my husband. He said it’s like an action movie in book form. This one goes on sale February 16, 2021 so grab a copy for yourself or your partner if they are into fast paced, thrill rides, terrorism, and great characters! Thank you @forgebooks and @JonDLand for my finished copy of the book to review!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    An excellent intrigue/mystery story. Lots of what I’m going to call pieces going on. I’m using the term “pieces” here because plots would sound as if this were a confusing read. And...it’s not. I’m not sure how an author can put all of these singularly intriguing pieces together in a clear yet interwoven way. Everything touched everything in one way or another. No one event could have been triggered without the other in some way. The character in the book brings up a conundrum that I myself have An excellent intrigue/mystery story. Lots of what I’m going to call pieces going on. I’m using the term “pieces” here because plots would sound as if this were a confusing read. And...it’s not. I’m not sure how an author can put all of these singularly intriguing pieces together in a clear yet interwoven way. Everything touched everything in one way or another. No one event could have been triggered without the other in some way. The character in the book brings up a conundrum that I myself have pondered on many times. Fate. Can there really be a “being in the right place at the right time”. As I have “blathered” on here you can probably already tell I enjoyed this book. I have read several Margaret Truman books and will admit I found some to be slow beginners. Not this time. The amount of secrecy and action don’t seem one bit futuristic. The author has done the research and there is very little in this thriller that can’t be pictured as coming to real life. I have to but hope that we only read about such occurrences in fiction books and never know of them in real life. I’m sure you are aware this is Book 31 of Capital Crimes. While Margaret Truman did write a few of the books in this series, most of the series was written by a famous ghostwriter named Donald Baines. Even more important now that we have lost both Mrs. Truman and Donald Baines is the current “ghostwriter” or coauthor of this book, Jon Land. You’ll see in this book that Jon Land has created the same page turner type mystery/thriller writing as you have read before. Let me also point out that Jon Land is the author of his own book. All which have good reviews. This is just all fascinating and it made me want to read all of everyone’s books! There are so many I’ll have piles of them. O Happy Day.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pat Fayo Reviews

    This is John Land’s first thrilling addition to the best selling Capital Crimes series. Ask yourself, what could be the commonalities between these characters: a nun, the VP of the US, a young Lebanese student, and a maintenance man working at an amusement park in Israel? Sounds impossible, right? Reading this book will take you along for a thrilling and exciting ride and the answer to this question. If I had read this book five years ago, it would have sounded like a sci-fi genre to me. Given w This is John Land’s first thrilling addition to the best selling Capital Crimes series. Ask yourself, what could be the commonalities between these characters: a nun, the VP of the US, a young Lebanese student, and a maintenance man working at an amusement park in Israel? Sounds impossible, right? Reading this book will take you along for a thrilling and exciting ride and the answer to this question. If I had read this book five years ago, it would have sounded like a sci-fi genre to me. Given what we are seeing and experiencing in today’s world of politics, all the corruption, power, and greed makes this books all the more realistic. The description of the Washington political arena is described very intricately. The use of modern technology such as drones, camera technology, hidden characters and plots, and the use of weapons is beyond our scope of reality. We know that power and greed create corruption. It is the desire to hold onto that power at all costs, that makes the people in this book take part in the unthinkable acts of terrorism that makes this story so horrific but at the same time intriguing! . “Murder on the Metro” is an international, political thriller that is fast paced, exciting and horrifying at the same time. It is a book that once picked up and you start to read, you will a very hard time putting it down. I read a few books many years ago written by Margaret Truman in this series and I loved them. This 1st in the series by Jon Land, even though part of a series can be read as a stand-a-lone. But I think after reading this, you will be on pins and needles waiting for his next one, “Murder at the CDC”. I’m sure it will be as intense and exceptional!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Bruso

    Margaret Truman’s “Murder on the Metro” is Jon Land’s propulsive new Capital Crimes thriller. From the explosive start, a drone attack on the sun-kissed beach of Caesarea kills dozens of innocent lives, setting the novel into a hellish roller coaster ride that readers will not be able to put down. Land’s gift for suspense impels a stronger story when he adds further tension to the plot involving Vice President Stephanie Davenport’s mysterious death due to an alleged heart attack. When the third and Margaret Truman’s “Murder on the Metro” is Jon Land’s propulsive new Capital Crimes thriller. From the explosive start, a drone attack on the sun-kissed beach of Caesarea kills dozens of innocent lives, setting the novel into a hellish roller coaster ride that readers will not be able to put down. Land’s gift for suspense impels a stronger story when he adds further tension to the plot involving Vice President Stephanie Davenport’s mysterious death due to an alleged heart attack. When the third and final blow arrives in the form of a terrorist attack on the Washington Metro, it is up to private investigator, Robert Brixton, to try to figure out who is behind the ruthless attack. As Brixton learns of the previous terrorist attacks in Caesarea and at the White House, he doesn’t suspect that all three incidents are related but knows something sinister is at work. Following a labyrinthine trail of corrupted politicians and merciless cold-blooded killers, Brixton finds himself in a load of trouble as he navigates the shadowy world of politics in order to track down a brutal killer who is willing to create havoc and exterminate millions of innocent lives. Land is a master of high-wire tension, and his white-knuckle style ramps up the harrowing aspect of this vividly taut, satisfying thriller.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    I enjoyed this novel with a continuously moving plot and plenty of action. It was interesting to contemplate an Israeli operative (retired Mossad) helping save the United States from disaster. There is a nefarious conspiracy under way and a Secret Service agent works with a private investigator to figure out what is going on. Add the Israeli and an incarcerated nun and you have a recipe for a suspenseful thriller. I felt there were a few unrealistic aspects to the plot, however. The hero, Robert, I enjoyed this novel with a continuously moving plot and plenty of action. It was interesting to contemplate an Israeli operative (retired Mossad) helping save the United States from disaster. There is a nefarious conspiracy under way and a Secret Service agent works with a private investigator to figure out what is going on. Add the Israeli and an incarcerated nun and you have a recipe for a suspenseful thriller. I felt there were a few unrealistic aspects to the plot, however. The hero, Robert, has the help of many people. One is the retired Mossad agent who seems to be able to fight her way out of every unwinnable situation, no matter the number of bad guys. Another of Robert's helpers is an attorney who can call in all the help needed, including a private jet on a moment's notice. I couldn't visualize the suspenseful end so well yet it seemed to me there must have been at least a few laws of physics bent in the scene. This is a good book for readers who like a somewhat common man helped by others to save the nation from a devastating conspiracy. Be prepared for over the top action and a high body count. But at least the nation is safe. I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    On a beach in Israel drones attack and kill dozens of people. The Vice President of the United States unexpectedly dies from a heart attack. On a Washington DC metro train a terrorist detonates a bomb. On the surface there doesn’t seem to be any connections between these devastating events. But Robert Brixton, a private investigator, has questions. He was involved in the Metro bombing, thwarting the bomber who detonated the bomb outside the train car. As he investigates, along with the help of an On a beach in Israel drones attack and kill dozens of people. The Vice President of the United States unexpectedly dies from a heart attack. On a Washington DC metro train a terrorist detonates a bomb. On the surface there doesn’t seem to be any connections between these devastating events. But Robert Brixton, a private investigator, has questions. He was involved in the Metro bombing, thwarting the bomber who detonated the bomb outside the train car. As he investigates, along with the help of an Israeli anti-terrorist fighter, they discover a plot that leads them into the highest levels of Washington DC power. Jon Land has written a book that carries on Margaret Truman’s tradition of suspense, Washington politics, and mystery. The action is nearly non-stop and the storyline is compelling. One of the things I found most enjoyable were the characters themselves. Both Brixton and his Israeli counterpart are older, wiser, and experienced. This alone makes Murder on the Metro a different kind of thriller and one that I found refreshing. Jon Land has made an admirable first attempt at carrying on Margaret Truman’s legacy. I’m looking forward to his next endeavor. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a copy of this book for review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    A drone strike on the beach in Israel, a suicide bomber on the Metro and the Vice President’s death. Could they be connected? It’s been close to 30 years since I read a Margaret Truman Capital Crimes novel. I used to read them all the time. I remember them being along the lines of a cozy mystery. And I’ve never read a Jon Land novel. I don’t know why I stopped and I’ve obviously been missing out on good books. This book is more intense than I remember the series. The plot has a lot of moving part A drone strike on the beach in Israel, a suicide bomber on the Metro and the Vice President’s death. Could they be connected? It’s been close to 30 years since I read a Margaret Truman Capital Crimes novel. I used to read them all the time. I remember them being along the lines of a cozy mystery. And I’ve never read a Jon Land novel. I don’t know why I stopped and I’ve obviously been missing out on good books. This book is more intense than I remember the series. The plot has a lot of moving parts which the author does a great job of juggling and not dropping the pieces. While you know the big picture outcome of a book like this, I enjoyed the journey to get there. The book creates an urgent sense of danger. And with the death of the Vice President at the beginning of the book, you feel no one is safe. I connected with the main characters Brixton and Ganz and rooted for them in spite of their flaws. I bought into the deep state and couldn’t read quick enough to see what would happen next. If you enjoy a pulse pounding political thriller, you’ll love this book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Digiantonio

    I have read several of Margaret Truman's Washington D.C. series over the years, prior to her death and after with Donald Bain. I always enjoyed the inside look to D.C. and the intrigue that comes along with it. Jon Land takes over after Donald Bain's death and continues the story of Robert Brixton with a small role for Mackenzie Smith of the earlier books. I will be the first to admit I have struggled with Jon Land's Murder She Wrote novels (I'm a HUGE fan) when he first took over. However, he h I have read several of Margaret Truman's Washington D.C. series over the years, prior to her death and after with Donald Bain. I always enjoyed the inside look to D.C. and the intrigue that comes along with it. Jon Land takes over after Donald Bain's death and continues the story of Robert Brixton with a small role for Mackenzie Smith of the earlier books. I will be the first to admit I have struggled with Jon Land's Murder She Wrote novels (I'm a HUGE fan) when he first took over. However, he has really got into his stride in the latest MSW and it also shows in Murder on the Metro. Jon Land's take on Robert Brixton and how he has evolved over the last few books reaches a climax in this novel as he faces a similar situation that took his beloved daughter Janet five years earlier. This story was non-stop and I was riveted to see how it all came together with the various characters and storylines. I'm very much looking forward to his next entry in this series and more non-stop action!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Justin

    Two seemingly unrelated terrorist attacks, separated by an ocean and many countries, are not what they appear! This is the 31st book in the Margaret Truman Capital Crimes series (though it's written by a different author since Ms. Truman passed away). However, I did not feel at a loss for not having read the previous 30 entries. The characters are well-developed and explained. The book continues to amp up in intensity as the plot thickens. To say the least, it's a wild ride... that doesn't seem Two seemingly unrelated terrorist attacks, separated by an ocean and many countries, are not what they appear! This is the 31st book in the Margaret Truman Capital Crimes series (though it's written by a different author since Ms. Truman passed away). However, I did not feel at a loss for not having read the previous 30 entries. The characters are well-developed and explained. The book continues to amp up in intensity as the plot thickens. To say the least, it's a wild ride... that doesn't seem too outlandish in this world's political climate. Definitely check this one out! I think I will go back and re-read some of the other books in this series. ARC provided by PICT. All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Yelton

    This was the first Jon Land's book that I have read, and I will have to say it was a adventure. It felt like the first couple chapters that I was reading two different books at once, until I finally saw the course the book was taking and intertwining the two stoylines into making one book. I really enjoyed the book, and having read several of the reviews I am lead to believe that this author has taking over writing a series that was started by someone else. If that was the case I found it to be This was the first Jon Land's book that I have read, and I will have to say it was a adventure. It felt like the first couple chapters that I was reading two different books at once, until I finally saw the course the book was taking and intertwining the two stoylines into making one book. I really enjoyed the book, and having read several of the reviews I am lead to believe that this author has taking over writing a series that was started by someone else. If that was the case I found it to be a excellent job, having read none of the other books in the series I could follow along without any problem. I would certainly recommend this book to others. I received this book from the author and #partnersincrimesvbt and this is my fair and honest review of the book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Thank you to Bestsellersworld and Forge publishers for this book. This is the first book I've read by Jon Land and it was a good read. It had everything you want it to be in a mystery and thriller. Intrigue, political, current events (the V.P. was a woman). The title said it all for me since I took the Metro most every day of my career. I especially enjoyed reading about the different places in Washington, D.C. that I know since I worked there for a number of years. I'm sure some of the places wer Thank you to Bestsellersworld and Forge publishers for this book. This is the first book I've read by Jon Land and it was a good read. It had everything you want it to be in a mystery and thriller. Intrigue, political, current events (the V.P. was a woman). The title said it all for me since I took the Metro most every day of my career. I especially enjoyed reading about the different places in Washington, D.C. that I know since I worked there for a number of years. I'm sure some of the places were fictional but still there are a number of streets and buildings I recognized. I'm not going to spoil it but I absolutely loved the ending. It was a minor part of the book and was left at that until the very end.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    This is a big departure from the Margaret Truman Washington mysteries I used to read. This is an action packed thriller with three people - Robert Brixton, Kendra Rendine, and Lia Ganz-trying to stop a giant conspiracy. There's suicide bombers, the assassination of the Vice President, an evil First Lady, and all sorts of other things. I suspect that the real audience for this might miss it because of the Truman association, despite the fact that Jon Land, who is expert at this genre, has taken o This is a big departure from the Margaret Truman Washington mysteries I used to read. This is an action packed thriller with three people - Robert Brixton, Kendra Rendine, and Lia Ganz-trying to stop a giant conspiracy. There's suicide bombers, the assassination of the Vice President, an evil First Lady, and all sorts of other things. I suspect that the real audience for this might miss it because of the Truman association, despite the fact that Jon Land, who is expert at this genre, has taken over. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC. It's a little over the top but the storytelling is good and it's a page turner.

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