Claire Heller Chapman, a Harvard Law School professor and a high-powered attorney, has just attained a national reputation for her work on several high-profile cases. Her second husband, Tom Chapman, is a successful moneymanager who adores Claire and her six-year-old daughter. They live in a beautiful house and lead a glamorous and happy life.
Then a random burglary turns their world upside down. A routine police investigation reveals that Tom is not who he says he is. He never attended the college he said he did. He once had a different name. He once was, Claire learns, a secret operative for the U.S. government.
When he is suddenly arrested and put on trial for a crime he insists he didn't commit - an unspeakable atrocity carried out 13 years ago - she puts her reputation on the line to defend him. The case is tried in a top-secret court-martial conducted by the Pentagon, in which all the evidence is classified, and the rules are unlike any Claire has ever known.
The audio includes an excerpt from Vanished, the first Nick Heller novel.
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"Rattling good entertainment right to the final inevitable twist." (Kirkus Reviews)
Joseph Finder has yet to fail me as an author of fast passed , intriguing, real life thrillers! Once again, HIGH CRIMES, presents a situation that makes me shudder with possibilities of happenings that boggle the mind.
In this story, Harvard Law Professor, Clair Chapman, is called upon to defend the man who has been her husband for three years. She has known him as Tom Chapman, a great husband, and father to her 6 year old daughter, Annie. But the military has arrested him as Ron Kubik, a brutal murderer of 87 innocent men., women and children in an offensive action in San Salvador 13 years earlier. Clair wonders who this man really is, as he has told her a complete past history that does not involve the military in any way. Can she believe anything he says? But the man she knows would never commit such terrible acts of violence!
Clair, and defense lawyers used to the military counts, find themselves up against a formidable prosecutor, and a 'take no prisoners' judge. The court marshall scenes and legal actions add great interest and suspense to this 'believe him or not' mystery. Finder puts the reader in a plausible situation that would give nightmares if this were a situation that the reader ever found themselves maneuvering through in their own family. great read!!
This was my first Joseph Finder book and it held my interest throughout. I am somewhat unfamiliar with the military code of justice, as well as the differences between that and civilian law, and it was interesting to learn some of the nuances of each. I did not know which of the main characters were the good guys until the end, and although I did feel that there were a few loose ends when the book finished, generally this was an exciting story that held my interest, with an excellent reader. Definitely worth a credit.
Amazingly similar in content to Nelson DeMille's "Word of Honor", but not nearly as good. Much of it was very tedious court martial material, and would have been better with male narration.
Quite enjoyable as usual but the end was a bit unbelievable and the outcome predictable. However it did not once make me think it would not turn out in the end. It is usual for Finder to have a bit of a twist but not this time as the writing was on the wall.
I think your political views might impact your enjoyment of this story. I didn't like the premise and I don't share those views, so I didn't care for the book--and yet, I did find it interesting. There are a lot of twists and turns in the plot line, and I like a book that keeps me guessing. There is a lot of courtroom drama and if you like question-answer formats you'll like it.
But, there are some serious problems in the story line also. There are huge holes in motivation. The inciting incident at the mall is SO fake. As others have written, why would you endanger others when you could easily arrest the man at work or at home. I don't really understand the problems with the daughter and the sister. Why is the idea that Clare is smoking again included--I just don't get it.
Also, the daughter is just a little brat. Every time she entered the story line it set me on edge. Whine, Whine, Whine.
The narrator did a good job. I always appreciate a reader who does accents and gets them right.
I am trying to find good writers who have numerous books. I've listened to all of the books by the writers I do like and I need to find something else. I tried this book because the author has had numerous best sellers and a lot of positive feedback. I probably won't listen to, or read, any more of his books.
I am in my late twenties, a commuter, a romantic, & am loving life.
Reading this book was a bit like reading a screen play. Most of the focus goes on the courtroom scenes, which are very 'he said - she said'. The plot is easy to follow - and near the end, it takes you somewhere you didn't expect. Overall, it was an enjoyable read - although it took me a couple of weeks to get through.
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