Picks and Pans Review: Murder in the Supreme Court

updated 08/16/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/16/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Margaret Truman

The author is the President's daughter, who has turned to producing murder mysteries set in the nation's capital. In her first, 1980's Murder in the White House, she was right at home. This time she's set her crime (a clerk in the Supreme Court is shot) in the judicial branch. The President is a character in this novel, but he's no Harry Truman. He says things like, "The sharks may proliferate but I still know how to swim." The book's chief attribute is a police detective who is divorced, has two cats, loves opera and sings in a nightclub. Because of the crime, he joins forces with a beautiful woman in the Justice Department. The murder victim, son of a powerful psychiatrist, was a skirt chaser and blackmailer. The plot is conventional and the writing is often perfunctory, but Truman seems to have had a lot of fun creating it. (Arbor House, $12.95)

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