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A Washington Trilogy

About the Author

John David Bethel

John David Bethel


David Bethel is also the author of Blood Moon, a psychological thriller inspired by a true life crime of kidnapping, torture, extortion and murder, and Evil Town, a political thriller set in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Bethel spent 35 years in politics and government as a communications strategist and speechwriter. He was Associate Administrator for the Office of Communications Services at the U.S. General Services Administration; Senior Adviser/Director of Speechwriting for the Secretaries of Commerce and Education; lead speechwriter in the Department of Transportation’s Office of Policy and International Affairs; and press secretary and speechwriter to members of U.S. Congress.

David Bethel graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Tulane University and lives in Miami, Florida.

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A Washington Trilogy

A Washington Trilogy rips away the curtain hiding the dark underbelly of our Capital City revealing the often deadly struggles for power; the art of buying and selling access to that power; and the personal intrigues hatched to protect positions of power.

The arc of the trilogy follows the capable but cravenly ambitious Peter Dottier from the U.S. Senate to the White House. He is enabled by his ruthless chief-of-staff, Joe Pennington, who does whatever is necessary to protect Dottier from his amoral nature, and manages the challenges that come during two tumultuous terms in office.

The author mined his 35-plus years in Washington — on Capitol Hill and at the most senior levels in the Executive Branch — to inform the trilogy.

Blood Moon

On a hot, steamy afternoon in Miami, Cuban-American businessman Recidio Suarez is brutally beaten and abducted. Handcuffed, shackled and blindfolded, he has no idea why he has been targeted. What he discovers is heart-stopping. What he endures during almost a month of captivity compares only to the most horrendous stories of prisoners of war. He is tortured, and under the threat of death, and worse – the rape of his wife and torture of his children – Suarez is forced to hand over his multi-million dollar holdings to his captors. Suarez survives and then spends the next few months staying one step ahead of the murderous pack. During this time, he and his lawyer, Nolan Stevens – a former Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Office of the FBI – are having difficulties convincing the Miami-Dade Police Department that a crime has been committed. Their efforts are complicated by Steven’s difficult history with the head of the MDPD Special Investigations Division, who is not interested in pursuing the case.

Evil Town

The wife of popular Florida Congressman (and prospective Senatorial candidate) Clegg Caffery is murdered. FBI Special Agent Matt Thurston begins an investigation that leads him from the Pentagon to the small town of Clewiston, Florida in search of a photographer responsible for the photo found in the murdered woman’s hand. He arrives too late. The man has committed suicide. Although Thurston uncovers a strange and suspicious story about the dead photographer that he believes is worthy of continued investigation, he is abruptly steered away from the case by his superiors. Angered by this turn of events, Thurston enlists the assistance of two reporters. With their involvement, he begins to peel away layers of lies and deceit hiding the truth about the murder. Along the way, Thurston slowly unravels a complex weave of story lines that includes a sex for hire plot involving the President’s wife; an attempt by computer magnate Norman Bremen to subvert the workings of Congress to ensure the survival of his sugar interests in Florida; and the revelation of a cover-up of a war crime in Vietnam that threatens the Presidency.


I just finished this thriller by J. David Bethel. It is based on a true story that took place in Miami, Florida. It is certainly a page turner that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. The author has the ability to describe the characters and story in such a way that you feel as if you are right there as an observer as frightening as it is at times.

Paulette Ward

Bethel’s new novel Blood Moon will draw you into a chilling story that is based on a gruesome true crime. Once you start reading it be ready to continue until you are finished. It is impossible to put down. I have been a fan of Bethel’s since discovering his first novel Evil Town. He’s actually outdone himself with Blood Moon. Read it. You’ll love it. Guaranteed.

Maria Heinen

The author’s extensive experience in Washington politics begs the reader to question how much of Evil Town is truly fictional. His descriptive and fluid writing compels the reader to discover the next unexpected plot twist to be revealed.

Jim Ross Lightfoot

Member of Congress (ret.)

I have been involved in politics for 40-plus years, so I understand politics. Yet, to date, I had not read a novel about Washington or politicians that captured the true nature of the city, its players or what goes on with any real understanding or believability until I read Evil Town.

Roger Stone