Praise from City Paper! Eve Ottenberg calls Capital City “hilarious and fast-paced.”
Here’s what Comfy Chair Books had to say: “I enjoyed the storytelling and the writing kept me engaged. Entertaining characters and recognizable locations and players in DC government.”
8 reviews on Amazon; 4.7 out of 5 stars:
By SOMDReigel on March 9, 2017
A riveting novel about political corruption and cover-ups in the Nation’s Capital, December 1988. I enjoyed the storytelling and the writing kept me engaged. Entertaining characters and recognizable locations and players in the DC government. Mayor Watson is a ringer for the former DC Mayor Marion Barry who had a history of adultery, drug abuse, and corruption in his own right. As with the fictional character Mayor Watson and former Mayor Barry, the more shenanigans they participated in, the majority of the DC residents embraced them more. The epilogue was a wonderful way to wrap up.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery based on a twist of publicly available information
By L.J. Sherman on January 3, 2017
I liked the in-depth portray of the District of Columbia and its government in Marion Barry years. The authors captured the greed, foolishness and corruption of formerly very good men.
I’d recommend the book to anyone interested in the politics, culture or the affairs of the District of Columbia. It is a very good read and the characters are very real.
There are enough twists and turns in the book to keep it very interesting. The ending is a big surprise and a very calibrated spin on actual fact. The authors should be commended for crafting a sophisticated and interesting book that was fictional but based loosely on actual fact.
By Mary F Gould on February 25, 2017
The rise and fall of Mayor Marion Barry (the so called ‘Mayor for Life’). Based on major events of his life–the corruption and back room dealings are clearly demonstrated. This is a ‘tour de force’ of a man who thought he was above the law. The supporting characters move the story line along–as reviewed by Delawarean Historian Jack Gould
By Edward O. Nobbe on November 15, 2016
Clever. A gas. Brings back the good old D.C. Hizzoner days – a look under the hood.
By Amazon Customer on November 19, 2016
A real page turner, reminds me of former DC Mayor, and notorious cocaine user Marion Barry.
If you want a suspenseful, political murder mystery… this is a very good read.
By Book Lover on November 16, 2016
A great, fun read! Excellent writing, and storytelling. A must read if you love mysteries or politics – or if you are familiar with the inner workings of Washington, DC.
By Philly Sports Fan on December 9, 2016
Fun political thriller that reminds reader of the Marion Barry years as D.C. mayor. Real insight into the inner workings of the local D.C. government.
ByThomas Holzman on January 1, 2017
This is is an adrenalin-fueling novel about political corruption and a homicide coverup in the D.C.’s mayor’s office. It is a real page-turner, hard to put down. The story is exciting, intricately-plotted but not difficult to follow. There is a film noir atmosphere and engaging, complex characters. Tongue-in-cheek humor, exact depictions of recognizable locations, and Shakespearean allusions add spice to the mix. And the epilogue is icing on the cake, unexpected but plausible and satisfying.
Alison Drucker and Tom Holzman