Book Review: Capital City by Lee Hurwitz & Tim Treanor

Capital City by Lee Hurwitz & Tim Treanor

Astor + Blue Editions (November 1, 2016)




Sex, drugs, and corruption is the DC government

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.

Thank you to Tim Treanor for providing a copy. I liked it so much I purchased an additional copy for my kindle.

An extra thought:  – I worked in Washington, DC during some of Mayor Barry’s reign. I never understood why he was so popular, so embraced by the residents of the city. Once at work a few female coworkers happened to meet him (either in the Dept. of Justice building where we worked or on the street, I don’t remember which). They were beyond captivated by him and just went on and on about him. I asked them why – he’s corrupt, a druggie. They told me I wouldn’t understand, I was a white woman, and there’s just some aura about him and he represented them, the people from the streets of DC.  Alrighty then, glad I didn’t work for the government or live in DC.


Washington DC has never seen a mayor quite like Wendell P. Watson – coke snorting, contract skimming, Shakespeare quoting, womanizer, who has somehow wielded his power for three consecutive terms, and is working on a fourth. His re-election platform contains many outrageous plans, including a plot to make Washington D.C. the 51st state. But one night, Watson’s legacy comes undone when he invites Sharon Scott up to his room for a drink. Things go too far, too fast, and after Sharon clobbers Mr. Mayor with an ashtray, he sets his burly security guards on her. Evelyn Boone has been sent on a secret mission to steal Watson’s paperwork for a major city contract, and accidentally witnesses Sharon’s murder. What started off as a simple assignment turns into an extremely complex situation when she is spotted. Watson orders the guards to kill her too. Evelyn narrowly escapes, and a wild goose chase begins across four states. Evelyn attempts to outsmart Watson’s men in a deadly game of hide and seek, and along the way ends up entangled with the FBI, a hit man, and even a well-known actor. Very loosely inspired by actual events, debut authors Lee Hurwitz and Tim Treanor have written a darkly hilarious political satire that irreverently dissects a mayor’s misguided nature and ultimate fall from grace







The authors of CAPITAL CITY, Lee Hurwitz and Tim Treanor, live and work in the Washington, DC area. Lee’s background, serving nearly eleven years in the inner workings of the D.C. City Government during the turbulent Marion Barry years, provided much of the framework for their novel. Lee currently works for the Library of Congress. Tim is a trial lawyer for the federal government, and has been active in politics. He also has authored and produced a play, and has appeared in over a dozen theatrical productions in the Washington area.


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