“Truman’s hints as to the real state of Washington are terrifying if true.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
When Clarence Sutherland, Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court, is found dead, Lieutenant Martin Teller of the Washington Police and Susanna Pincher of the Justice Department are pulled together to find the killer.
What they learn is that the Supreme Court is not the bastion of ethical justice that it is known to be. Behind the scenes lies the scandal and political maneuvering found in most Washington institutions. The case is complicated—a half-dozen suspects are acquired, some shockingly from the Supreme Court itself. It turns out that the Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court had a lot of confidential information on important people, and any one of them could be responsible for his death. But one startling clue seems to implicate the high court itself: Sutherland was found slumped over in the Chief Justice’s chair. Did Sutherland have information that the top judge, and perhaps even the president himself, didn’t want revealed? Teller and Pincher intend to find out, and in the process, find each other.
Daughter of President Harry Truman, Margaret Truman is an expert at depicting the details of life inside the beltway. Murder in the Supreme Court, Truman’s third book in her popular Capital Crimes series, provides an intriguing peek into the world of Washington’s powerful justice system.