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Money, Power And Murder Inside The Beltway

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Jane Stanton Hitchcock's latest book, "Mortal Friends," centers on the pursuit of the "Beltway Basher," who's victims are fixtures in the alluring, political-centric world of the nation's capital.

Hitchcock spoke with Bob Schieffer on "Washington Unplugged" Tuesday, where she said she draws inspiration from life as it happens around her. "I like to say that every character is me," she said, "including the murderers!"

As a native New Yorker, Hitchcock found transitioning to life in Washington easier said than done. "I was at the British Embassy and a man came up to me and said, 'How do you do, I'm Warren Christopher.'" I said, 'your name sounds familiar to me. What do you do?' He looked at me in utter awe and said, 'I'm the Secretary of State.'"

Hitchcock splits her time between New York and Washington with her husband, Washington Post foreign affairs editor Jim Hoagland. She is the daughter of Joan Alexander Stanton, who was the voice of Lois Lane in the 1940 radio series "Superman."

Watch Bob Schieffer's interview with Hitchcock below, and watch Washington Unplugged live every weekday at 12:30pm.