The dramatic new novel in Griffin's New York Times- bestselling chronicle of the Philadelphia police force. There's a sudden spike in murders in Philadelphia, but no one seems to mind much because the victims all seem to be lowlifes. The more Homicide Sergeant Matthew Payne investigates, however, the more he gets a bad feeling-one that only gets worse when vigilante groups spring up claiming credit for some of the hits, even though Payne knows it can't be true. As the targets get bigger and events start moving out of control, Payne realizes that if he and his colleagues can't figure out who's behind this very soon, the violence could overtake them all. Filled with authentic color and detail, this is a riveting novel of the men and women who put their lives on the line-storytelling at its absolute best.
Griffin's plodding 10th police thriller in his Badge of Honor series (after The Traffickers), co-authored with son Butterworth, adds little that's either new or exciting to a shopworn plot. Despite debilitating chemotherapy for prostate cancer, Will Curtis decides to take justice into his own hands and kill John "JC" Nguyen, the slimy drug dealer who slipped his 24-year-old daughter, Wendy, a "roofy," then raped her. While he's at it, Will also whacks shyster lawyer Daniel Gartner, who got JC acquitted on a technicality at JC's trial. Will's good at his work, so he decides to kill every other sexual criminal he can locate running loose on the streets of Philadelphia. Sgt. Matt Payne tries to figure out who's behind this murder spree while pursuing his ongoing love affair with Dr. Amanda Law, the damsel in distress he rescued in The Traffickers. Unfunny interior dialogue and other suspense-impeding devices slow the predictable action to the point that only series fans will find much to enjoy. (Aug.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
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1 . Embarassingly bad even for a long time fan
Posted December 11, 2010 by Andy , Who-villeTo say that Butterfield and his son phoned this in is to slander the reputation of phones. This book is a non-stop grumbling diatribe of partisan political ranting (from ex-patriots no less) disguised as descriptive narration. It has no beginning middle or end. There is not a note of differentiation of personality to distinguish any characters. Also nothing really happens that could be called a story.
I used to enjoy the formulaic repetition of Butterworth's style but I think he has abandoned any pretext of creative storylines and character development.
Obviously thes guys are a business model now, not a creative writers. The Butterfields seem content to assume all good right wingers will subsidize their bad writing just because they evoke the proper political arrogance.
Letting the children take over franchise book series is a new fad that is a terrible disappointment in nearly ever case. They are nice people I am sure, but Patrick Wayne was also, and he was no John Wayne
This is drivel beyond measure. if I was WEB I would fire the publishers who apparently did not have the courage to tell the authors that they need a lot more work.
These guys might write some fun stuff someday, and I hope they put in the work to do so. They won't do it without a completely new fresh and unrelated story line now.
August 09, 2010
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