Capital Crimes Author:Lawrence Sanders Synopsis: He was a man of God - or a a power-crazed charlatan - with the future of the nation in his grasp. The ultimate Washington thriller, as only Sanders can write it. — He calls himself Brother Kristos, a bearded bear of a man, whose eyes can pierce the soul. His origins are cloaked in mystery, but his present mission is clear: to take upon ... more »himself the transgressions of the wives of Washington, absolving them of guilt. To those who have been purged by Kristos's message of unending love and the death of sin, he is a messiah. To the President of the Unites States, he is a miracle worker - the only person who can heal his son when state-of-art medicine has failed. But to John Tollinger, executive assistant to the White House chief of staff, Kristos is a lecherous apostate, a vodka-guzzling womanizer whose political influence over a new and emotionally unstable president is fast becoming a stranglehold.
Under order from his boss to get the goods on Kristos, Tollinger comes closer than he'd like to the mad monk who's become the darling of the capital. Tollinger is a worldly cynic, while Kristos is a holy reprobate, yet Tollinger begins to see a horrifying bond emerge between them.
Chained together by the workings of a violent, inexorable destiny, they will confront each other in a place where good and evil whirl in a storm of retribution-from which this is no way out...
Mesmerizing and ambitious as any novel in the Sanders canon, Capital Crimes places bold themes in a context of nonstop suspense. Here is a tale of truly fascinating complexity, one that will linger in the memory of readers everywhere.
We are introduced to a latter-day Rasputin--a wild-eyed, lustful "holy man" who preaches out of a ramshackle barn in Virginia--and have had a glimpse of his kinky sexual practices. Then we are privy to a discussion among the U.S. president's key staff members, who deliberate whether the Chief Executive and the First Lady might be heading for mental breakdowns because of their concern for their only son, a hemophiliac. The pace of this derivative thriller slackens thereafter, as these two plot threads become entwined. Brother Kristos, as the mysterious faith healer has christened himself, soon has the First Couple--and a goodly segment of official Washington's womenfolk--under his considerable spell. John Tollinger, an ex ecutive assistant to the White House chief of staff, is assigned to expose Kristos as a charlatan--not an easy task, given the man's apparent ability to see both the hidden past and unknown future of many of those he meets.« less