Mason "Mace" Perry was a maverick cop on the D.C. police force, until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything - her career, her liberty - and spent two years in prison. Now back on the outside, Mace is trying to rebuild her life and track down the people who set her up. But even with her police-chief sister at her side, she has to work in the shadows: there's a vindictive US attorney on her tail, and she's just looking for a reason to send her back behind bars.Roy Kingman is a young lawyer, still getting used to his high-paid job at a law firm in Washington. When Roy discovers the dead body of a female partner at the firm, his fate becomes entangled with Mace's, as the two team up to investigate.
But as their enquiries gather pace, Roy and Mace soon find themselves in unexpected territory; drawn into both the private and public world of the nation's capital, as dark secrets begin to emerge. For what began as a fairly routine homicide investigation will quickly turn into something far more complex. And possibly lethal.
©2009 Columbus Rose Ltd; (P)2009 Hachette US
Not a recommended reading. I totally agree with previous reader's (Steven's) review. The story has so many improbable twists, lucky turns, that it is laughable. The jokes aren't funny and, for some reason, I didn't like the narrator. He made everything sound oh-so dramatic. The female character comes across as ridiculously lucky, naive and too 'macho'.
I liked Baldacci but this one is a bad example of his work.
I have read and listened to just about everything David Baldacci has written. Found this book very disappointing - very hard to believe that Baldacci wrote this. The characters are trite, and largely unbelievable. The number of impossibly lucky "events" beggar belief. The "smart alec" dialogue from the hero is off putting and unreal. There is very little positive to say about this effort from Baldacci. It doesn't measure up to his other fiction.
"typically good baldacci stuff, expertly read."
good fast paced story. excellent performance from Ron mclarty. All the usual twists we expect from baldacci. thoroughly recommend.
I like David Baldacci. He writes a good yarn and it was well read. You wanted to carry on listening. At first I found the intermittant sound effect a bit odd. I listened to it whilst gardening and I thought the wheelbarrow needed oiling only to find out it was a highspeed motorbike chase, it scared the cat and me.
I have read some of my other reviews and I can be a bit dismissive, but yes I would definately have another David Baldacci
"What's with the sound effects and music?"
I'd definitely get another book by the author but I'd rather it was narrated by someone else. It was difficult to know which character was speaking a lot of the time, everyone sounded the same, but he was trying to do voices.
I pick books by the author so I wouldn't look for his narration but I don't think it would stop me getting a book.
Yes, I really enjoyed the story. As with other Baldacci books I've read it was a bit drawn out and could have been cut down a bit though.
At the end of many (but not all) chapters, particularly at climactic moments there was music and/or sound effects. Why? It was totally unnecessary and distracting. I'm sure everyone knows what gunfire sounds like. Hope other books don't have this nonsense.
"Great, gripping story!"
I really enjoyed the depth of the characters and the relationship between the two sisters
It was gripping, with twists and turns throughout the whole thing.
"Thoroughly good stuff!"
The concept of a woman pushing herself so hard, almost beyond credibility, to find the person she knows she is, and to regain her professional standing, is amazing, and in this book, entirely convincing.
"Great book for Baldacci lovers"
Another great book by David Baldacci.
After listening to all the David Baldacci books in the Camel Club series, this book did not disappoint. As usual with his books, I was taking the long cuts rather than the short cuts home in the car, so I could listen to more of the book!
A worthwhile addition to your library!
A little slow in places, but overall a good listen despite a slight change stylistically compared to some of his other books.
If credibility is not a must for you, then you are likely to enjoy the pace and the characters in this novel, masterfully read by Ron McLarthy. Being a fan of Baldacci, this was the first of his books I did not read but listened to, and enjoyed it a lot.
It seemed quite cliched in places and some of the writing seemed unpolished but the overall story was interesting. Marked down the performance because of the sound effects. They weren't bad, just totally unnecessary.
The plot just kept getting more complex and then suddenly it was all solved but with too many loose ends. Not very believable. Most of Mr Baldacci's books push reality a bit but this one gives it a gigantic heave. If I have to hear the word "snag" as a trendy replacement for "get" or "grab", I will go ballistic. Come on Mr Baldacci, you can do way better than this!
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.