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The dramatic new novel in Griffin's New York Times- bestselling chronicle of the Philadelphia police force.

There's a sudden spike in murders in Philadelphia, but no one seems to mind much because the victims all seem to be lowlifes. The more Homicide Sergeant Matthew Payne investigates, however, the more he gets a bad feeling-one that only gets worse when vigilante groups spring up claiming credit for some of the hits, even though Payne knows it can't be true. As the targets get bigger and events start moving out of control, Payne realizes that if he and his colleagues can't figure out who's behind this very soon, the violence could overtake them all.

Filled with authentic color and detail, this is a riveting novel of the men and women who put their lives on the line-storytelling at its absolute best.

©2010 W.E.B. Griffin; 2010 Penguin Audiobooks

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 09-02-10

The Vigilantes

W.E.B. Griffin is one of my favorite writers. The story was slow to start as I felt he went back and summaries all the prior books in this series before getting into the new story. I felt that was not necessary unless a particular item in the story required an explanation of how it occurred. For example how did Matt get the name Wyatt Earp of the Mainline. The story it self was good and the reader was good. Liked the ending. This is a good fast pace action story.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Terrible book

Poor plot. Poor character development. Verbose. Griffin really must need the money to allow his franchise to be distorted by such a badly written book. Butterworth IV is no Griffin.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • George
  • Montgomery, AL, United States
  • 11-16-11


Classic Griffin with a nice touch of Butterworth, this is one that every suspense fan should read. It has a slightly weak ending but not so much as to demerit the plot.

I do recommend going through the series in order of books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Oops -

I like the characters and the thread of the plot about Matt's personal life was ok - the main story line was disjointed and unbelievable. Poorly written. It feels as if Mr butterworth does not yet live up to his father's skill and craftmanship.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Finally, a decent narrator!

Getting Scott Brick to narrate makes the story come alive! Great Decision. I realize you need new readers to get some backstory, but for those of us who have read all the previous books it is very frustrating to listen to the rehashing of prior content in every book!.

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Not one of Griffin's best

What would have made The Vigilantes better?

Overall, it was just plodding along, filled with useless details that didn't advance the story. I just was bored most of the time. The story just didn't move quickly enough. A lot of the pages felt like they were just filler. Even Scott Brick, who is terrific, couldn't save this title.

Would you ever listen to anything by W. E. B. Griffin again?

Sure. I've listened to several of his military novels and they were excellent.

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The worst in the Badge of Honor series

I look forward to most all of W.E.B. Griffin's work, especially the Badge of Honor series and the Presidential Agent series. Unfortunately, The Vigilantes is the most dry of the bunch. Although I'll always cheer for Matt Payne, this storyline was disconnected and lacked the character development. Scott Brick's narration didn't help matters either, which was a surprise. Bottom line, if you're a fan, you'll still have to get this book; just know that your going to have to suffer through Butterworth's growing pains as a writer.

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