In Philadelphia - suffering among the country's highest murder rates - the tension between the Philadelphia Police Department and its Citizens Oversight Committee has long been reaching a boiling point. That turmoil turns from bad to worse shortly after the committee begins targeting police shootings - especially those of twenty-seven-year-old Homicide Sergeant Matt Payne, the "Wyatt Earp of the Main Line" - and then the committee's combative leader is found shot dead point-blank on the front porch of his run-down Philly row house.
As chanting protesters fill the streets, the city threatens to erupt. Payne, among many others accused of being complicit in the leader's death, becomes quietly furious. He suspects there's something deeper behind it all, but what? Ordered to stay out of the line of fire, he struggles ahead to do what he does best - his job. He's been investigating the murder of a young family. A reporter, working on an illicit drug series for Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mickey O'Hara, has been killed with his wife and child, a note stapled to his chest warning that the drug stories are to stop. Period. While Payne knows that he, like his pal O'Hara, cannot back down, he also knows that they damn sure could be among the next to die....
©2015 William E. Butterworth IV (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
I am an avid eclectic reader.
The authors are back with book 12 in the Badge of Honor Series. Philadelphia is having an outbreak of killings that Sgt. Matt Payne and team are trying to get control. There is interesting descriptions of the City’s neighborhoods and the downtown area. I don’t live in Philadelphia but Griffin has a reputation of being very accurate with his location descriptions. Griffin and Butterworth delve into the sociological problems of the city as they relate to the police.
My major complaint is I had to wade through half the book going over the prior books in the series (which I already read) before the authors got into the current story. The plot is convoluted and jumps all over the place for no apparent reason and many of the regular characters did not appear in this story. I am very disappointed in the decline of one of my favorite authors. I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. Scott Brick salvaged the book with his great narration.
Quality of writing has gone down. I hated the time warp where the story went from the early 1970 to present day. the writer needs to go back and read the earlier books to cut down on mlstakes. The father needs to start writing the books again because the son is not in his league as a writer. This will probably be my last purchase of these books.
Slow paced. Key series characters were hardly advanced while transient characters were discussed excessively. Very negative about Philly.
advance main characters, move action along.
Not one anyone would watch.
No one who has read or listen to WEB Griffin's books would enjoy this book. It is a poor example of the usually excellent and enjoyable writing of this author.
The main character of this series, Matt Payne, was not an integral part of the story. The story seemed to center on Philadelphia and its problems along with the personalities that are involved. There was not the usual police activities and dialogue. We do not hear from the usual characters that make this series so interesting.
Scott Brick does his usual excellent presentation of the book.
I have read 100% of the WEB Griffin books and loved them. This one was pathetic. Not even close to the dozens of others. The ending was the worst ever. It was as if they ran out of time so just ended everything. I wish I could have my time back that I spent reading this book.
Boring in the extreme. Apparently the son can't match the dad.
I have read every W.E.B. Griffin novel, many two times. Unfortunately, with sadness I can no longer can put up with the drop in quality of the novels.
I think I've listened to or read every book in each series WEB Griffin has written. Over time you become accustomed to the pace, the dialogue and his incredibly rich cast of characters.
Unfortunately, in my option, with the exception of a great Scott Brick narration, this book lacks virtually all of the charm of his earlier works. This is is just an average crime drama. Don't get me wrong, there isn't anything wrong with an average crime drama. It just happens to be a big disappointment when you are expecting to be reunited with a great story involving a bunch of old friends.
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