Okay, the dialogue is not great, but the book is a pretty good read. If you have listened to as many suspense / thrillers as I have, you appreciate a..Show More » slightly different angle that this book provides with the political involvement. The narration is solid.
For the first third of this book, I thought I'd really found something special. but then the "implausibles" began to build up: whole ships..Show More » disappearing, people up to no good freely left to wander around a supreme court justice's office,and an attack on a justice inside the supreme court itself. Please... But when the initial hero of the book, a gritty cop, just gets blown away and disappears from further consideration, I lost interest. If people have to die in the story, I at least want the author to have some emotion about them.
Don't be turned off by the 3 star rating. This is a really good, fast paced thriller. It's just that the more books I review the more I see the differ..Show More »ence in good to great. There are many reviews I'd like rewrite, because I tend to be generous in praising books.
In the first book of the series, Executive Privilege, I was thoroughly entertained with Margolin's humor and the tension between most of the characters. Here there is the fascinating and mysterious side story of escaped serial killer Clarence Little which seemed more of a convenient "get out of a bind" ploy by the author. Still, Clarence is a master manipulator. His sequences in the tale are still quite riveting.
Jonathan Davis is great as the narrator.
If you liked the characters in Executive Privilege, (I love them!) you'll enjoy this book. The mystery is good as well.
Margolin might mature into a very good writer one day. He has a great imagination and the ability to weave a good plot. Dialogue and character develop..Show More »ment can't be faulted. His failures are subtle but brings the book from a good read to just something to burn time on an airplane. He needs a good editor. Someone who can tell him when something's not working. A couple of places in the book, I winced. Nope. That won't work. If I can see that, why can't the writer? To be a good read, the author has to be at least a bit smarter than the reader. He needs to stop writing from every character's point of view. I realize it's a popular concept, but you can't let your hero get lost in the mix. More from the hero, less from minor characters.