"Keith Donaldson has written a riveting well-edited beginning to his series featuring aggressive, appealing reporter Laura Wolfe. The formatting is brilliant, making use of short chapters, sometimes only one page in length. More applause is due for the formatting in the use of newspaper print behind each chapter heading.
Characters are delineated nicely and the reader will be totally shocked at who the killer actually is!
Death of an Intern uses great suspense throughout the entire story, and the plot flows nicely to the book's end."
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A riveting, suspenseful introduction to Donaldson's series, Death of an Intern features Laura Wolfe, a tenacious beat reporter for the Washington Daily Star. Laura tracks a DC serial killer who butchers pregnant women and steals their fetuses, dumping the naked bodies with no identification in an obscure part of the city. At the crime scene Laura is shown the head view of victim number two, Laura recognizes her as someone she remembers from a reception for the Vice President of the United States. Through a White House insider friend, Laura gains information about the woman without revealing the ugly truth. The victim is Janet Rausch, and Laura begins digging into her personal background. When the public Janet does not match with the private one, Laura begins to question whether there may have been more to Janet's death than being a serial killing victim. Laura continues investigating and goes from the dirty back streets of DC to the nation's capital, to the Virginia suburbs, and into the polished halls of political Washington, as the public is terrorized by a third murder, showing all the signs of the previous two.
"Laura Wolfe is a modern, complex heroine to cheer for"
Death of an Intern is the first book in the Laura Wolfe mystery thriller series. Senate Cloakroom Cabal will be released in the Fall of 2012.
"Death of an Intern is a very solid murder mystery thriller … the writing is compelling, descriptive, and has superb dialog … it kept me thoroughly engaged … Donaldson’s first in a new series starring newspaperwoman Laura Wolfe, may soon rank up there with the best of them."
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Death of an Intern by Keith M. Donaldson. The flow of the words and story reminded me so much of John Sandford’s writing. I am a big fan of John Sandford…his stories hook you in the first paragraph and the characters are so engaging. Laura Wolfe and her comrades have the same appeal and the intrigue of the story keeps you engrossed to the last page!
Newspaperwoman Laura Wolfe is a modern, complex heroine to cheer for. Death of an Intern is tension filled, with authentic Washington locations and dialogue to die for”
- Dechary, Talk About The Arts, Wash. DC.
Laura Wolfe is an interesting protagonist and I liked how she was caught between the many tensions of her life…it was a fun read.
- Duffy, G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Death of an Intern was hard to put down. I was sad when it ended. It was an exciting adventure. I read a lot and don't come across too many like that. I can't wait for the next one!
- Cheryl Woods
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All of the 'girls' in my book club enjoyed meeting you and talking about your book. We had a lively discussion during the meeting after you were there and everyone read the book all the way through, which doesn't happen with all of our selections. We all enjoyed the characters and the plot and were impressed with your background knowledge of Washington. It's obvious you did a lot of research. All thought your story kept them interested enough to keep reading. It was significant to me when you spoke to our group that you were used to writing plays and I can see how you use words to indicate movement of characters that would be shown when your plays were acted on stage. Overall, we enjoyed the book, meeting you, and talking with you. We appreciate having the basis for a lively discussion.
- Diana Fraser, Annandale, Virginia
I finally made time to read Death of an Intern. I don’t know what I was thinking it would be like, but it exceeded all my expectations. I didn’t expect such a full female lead from a male author, for one thing. Your descriptions of the neighborhoods in DC made them very visible in my mind. I chuckled at some of the tension between the various law enforcement agencies involved in the story - that all sounded very real. Can you tell I was impressed and really enjoyed it? I didn’t really know who the killer was until 1 or 2 chapters before (being divulged). I have to say, you’ve got one deep, dark, twisted mind to create a crime spree like that for political reasons.
- Paula Sklodowski WGCU Public Media Fort Myers, FL.
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There are passages in this story that are so exciting that the reader is almost scared. The plot is rather complex, but the author does a good job of keeping the reader in the loop. Overall, the plot and structure definitely hold the reader’s interest. Setting is used well here. The imagery is much like a movie. The reader can visualize the setting, including the weather, the place, and other sensory images.
- Doreen M, Northern Virginia.
The main character is realistic. The story arc of her discovering health food as she enters early pregnancy is amusing. The relationships among characters are realistic, and the author at no time falls to stereotypes. Overall, characters are definitely believable and in the story for a specific reason. Mr. Donaldson’s dialogue is fantastic. In particular, the witty repartee between Max and Laura is appealing and realistic. There are so many layers to the dialogue, including the formality and/or lack of formality in the way the characters address each other. It is easy to infer things from the tone of the dialogue. As with setting, the dialogue is like movie dialogue.
- L. T. Robbins.
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Congratulations on your book. It was a page-turner. Tom had e-mailed that it was published and we ordered a copy forthwith. The first two chapters were enough to get my attention, to say the least. After that, I had to keep going to see "who done it." I was up until midnight last night with the last whirlwind chapters, much later than my usual retirement hour.
- Alan Hildreth, San Antonio, Texas
The premise of the manuscript is strong. The story involves a series of murders and incorporates political intrigue and sexual indiscretion. It’s well crafted. The plot is riveting. The author has written this story so well that the reader has no idea who the killer is, or what is going to happen. The book is a riveting page scroller.
- P. Blake, Sarasota
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