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Margaret Truman Daniel Dies at Age 83
In an interview with The Post, Mrs. Daniel said the idea of writing a Washington-based mystery came to her when she tired of another book she was writing.
For more than a decade after the 1980 publication of "Murder in the White House," Mrs. Daniel produced a Washington murder mystery a year, featuring bureaucrats, diplomats, politicians and influential business and media figures. Some of her characters appeared in successive novels.
Writing in The Post's Book World, Jean M. White said Mrs. Daniel "writes a lively Washington scene with the sure hand of one who knows her way around the streets, institutions, restaurants, watering holes, people and politics."
In 1986, four years after the death of her mother at age 97, Mrs. Daniel wrote the biography "Bess W. Truman." Helen Thomas in the New York Times Book Review called it "a refreshing, real and touching biography."
Mrs. Daniel lived for many decades on Park Avenue in New York.
Her husband died in 2000. A son, William W. Daniel, died that year after being hit by a taxicab.
Survivors include three sons, Clifton T. Daniel of Chicago, Harrison G. Daniel of New York state and Thomas W. Daniel of Starksboro, Vt.; and five grandchildren.