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Experiment in Murder: A Capital Crimes Novel - Margaret Truman, Donald Bain If only there were a way to give out ratings of negative stars!! This book would set a record. The good guys come to a bad end, the bad guys get away with murder, literally and metaphorically, as does the author. All of the characters are remarkably stupid, cartoonish, and although there are many elegant and sophisticated cartoons, these are remarkably stupid cartoons. The most engaging character, supposed to be a very astute psychologist with a prior background of consulting for the police, quickly discovers that a hit and run murder has been committed by a uniquely suggestible victim of mind control, he discovers the identity of the gratuitously evil psychiatrist responsible and discovers the links to a CIA sponsored research effort studying mind control, and then this astute and experienced individual reveals his own concerns and discoveries to all the folks who could possibly wish him ill, and finally in a crowning bit of stupidity goes alone to visit personally the "programmed" murderer, who, of course, has been "programmed" to murder him and self destruct, and, of course, the "programmed" murderer accomplishes this with ease. Who would have seen that coming? Anyone who read even part of the prior text. Of course all of the other participants act with coincidentally similar levels of stupidity. As it happens, the ridiculously stupid activities of the evil doers work out well for them, in spite of their mistakes and misjudgments, because of the overwhelming ineptness of all of the good guys, including the friends, acquaintances, lawyers, and police.

A friend of mine once advised "don't ascribe anything to conspiracy that is more easily explained by stupidity" but here the author hits all of the bases, putting together a totally unbelievable conspiracy remarkable for the stupid mistakes of the conspirators who succeed and then escape all accountability because of the even more remarkable stupidity of everyone else.