Homicide Sergeant Matthew Payne is used to murder, but lately there's been an awful lot of it in Philadelphia. A gangland shooting in a popular tourist location has left six dead, most of them innocent bystanders, and days later the body of a headless Latina turns up in the Schuykill River. Everybody assumes they're not related, but Payne can't shake the hunch that there's something more to it - and that hunch leads him far from the City of Brotherly Love to the Texas - Mexico border. There, he finds a world where the lines of law and order are murkier than he ever imagined possible, and the daily question is " O Plato o Plomo?" Silver or lead. Cash or death.
Which will Matt Payne take? Or will he just go home, glad to be alive . . . ?
Filled with authentic color and detail, this is a riveting novel of the men and women who put their lives on the line, from the cop on the beat to the commissioner himself. It's a story of fears, dangers, courage, loyalty, and genuine heroism: storytelling at its best.
©2009 W.E.B. Griffin; ©2009 Penguin Audiobooks
Not much of a climax at the end of the story and parts just drag on unnecessarily. If you're a WEB Griffin fan then I'd recommended, if not listen to some older Griffin books, he's done better.
This is the first WEB Griffen book that I did not enjoy. I feel the violence was way overdone to the point that it gave me nightmares. I realize that this was a collaboration, but I would like to warn future readers of the gratuitous violence.
Retired and over worked
Judy and I enjoyed this book.
Good enough to keep us listening even late at night.
Yes.. Mr Brick does not mind creating the major characters in an image that may not be what the author intended.
This is a pretty good novella that was stretched into a novel with entirely too much filler. The shooting scene exiting the hospital is repeated at least four times, (seems like a hundred) and other meaningless details drone on and on. Scott Brick, as always, does an excellent job with unfortunately very poor material. My son and I are real Griffin fans, and I have read all of his series' more than once. Sure do hope this particular book is not an example of what to expect in the future.
The actual storyline is fairly short. Unfortunately, all of the oft repeated filler material dominates the book.
Brick brings the characters to life. I can visualize Matt Payne and each of the others as they move through the story.
Some repetition is necessary to emphasize a particular segment or scene in any book, but the constant repetition and minute details in this book actually get boring.
I hope Griffin reverts to his previous writing style. He remains overall (despite this bomb) my favorite author.
I took a chance on the Book because I normally read the 'Presidential Agent' Series. This is a very good read...I gives you an inside look on how People are acutally taken and used as a commodity. ENLIGHTENING
I got hooked on the By The President Orders series, So I purchased the book even though it had bad reviews, I shoud have learned, this has a slow drawn out plot that wanders all over and ends with a wimper. Character are over developed at the expense of the Plot. I'm a fan of Scott Brick, but he could not save this book. Buyer Beware.
I have been a great fan of Web, but this work is not at all interresting to me. Doubt that I will shell out the price of any more of his work.
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