With the death of a young black man, Walt and Ox are dragged into the eye of a storm as Kansas City erupts in violence and demonstrations.
Fearing for their lives, Captain Short sends them on assignment to Cabo San Lucas where they find themselves in the eye of a very different and even more dangerous storm - Hurricane Odile.
Surviving these ordeals pushes both men beyond the limits of anything they have experienced, and leaves Walt facing one of the most important decisions of his life.
Oh my! A hurricane what! As always Robert Thornhill has caught my attention and kept me entertained. I find when I read one of Roberts books I learn more about what ever topic he has chosen for the story line. In this book I got a first hand look at what a hurricane can be like. Well done again Robert. Also George Kuch does the most amazing job of narrating this series. He is the true voice of Walt Williams. Not to give anything away but the ending of this book leaves the reader wondering where this story will go next in Walt's life
First Ox is in the unenviable position of firing on a man endangering his partner's life with a blade and setting off protests and importing outside agitators. Of course they are put on leave both for their safety and to free up officers who would have had to guard them, but to get them out of town they are sent to a Mexican resort to assist in investigation of a probable drug ring. Sounds good, but it turned into a nightmare when a hurricane descended upon the area and everyone had to go into survival mode--think high heat/humidity, no flushing toilets or running water, no electricity or phone, limited food supply, and iffy transportation home. They aren't home very long and a friend asks for help protecting another's business from expected robbery, which they do, but on the way home they come upon a robbery in progress and officer down. This time it's Walt who has to fire to save the hostage and others. Riveting.
I use the audio, and George Kuch is perfect as narrator.
This story is about two cops caught up in a shooting controversy, then a real account of the author and his wife caught in a hurricane. Great book and as always the narration is superb. Loved it.
Ok, i typically think these books are pretty decent, but the last few have really bugged me a lot. This one at least didn't have the "lecture" at the end from the author, but the radio talk show was pretty much the same thing. I find it ridiculous that as i was listening to this book there were things said by Walt that made me go... wait wait wait... You're comparing the savaging for food/drinks that you would be willing to pay for it there was anyone there to pay with someone who robs and steals in a city that all they have to do it actually work and earn money to pay for these good that they steal instead? You're really comparing the idea of living through a tornado/hurricane/natural disaster and helping to clean up afterward to people who choose to be thugs? yes, it is a choice that many that grow up in that same area do not do! I know life is extremely hard and that choices made when too young to really know better or how your parents are or are not can lead a person, but in the end it's our own choices that we live, or die, by. Same as a person who was sexually abused... are you saying that someone being abused gives them some sort of "right" to do that to someone else? There are places and people out there to help people get back on their feet and make better decisions, people have to just ask for the help. Just like kids with school lunches, i don't think the school system should have to provide lunches for all these kids who's parents don't send money or bag lunches with their children, there are lots of different programs available that will provide help with those situations. I can barely afford to cover for me and my son with his medical issues, why should i have to then pay extra for someone else's child because they don't want to ask for help, for fill out the few little pieces of paper to get it? I don't typically mind books that talk about controversial things, but the last few books got me irritated where all i wanted to do was turn the book off and be done. but i stuck it out to the end.
This is a good story. Makes you look at life, and evaluate a few thing you may not have thought of. Lady Justice is amazing. These are great stories.
What a phenomenal book with surprises along the way and an ending that will leave you going "Wow! I did not see that one coming." This crime thriller will keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat.
Robert Thornhill masters the story while presenting both sides of the scales of Lady Justice. Heart-pounding tension throughout. Very thought-provoking!
George Kuch brings all the old friends that we have come to know and love to life.
I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
As much as I enjoyed the return of all the characters, I was more than a little depressed after listening to this audiobook. I guess that telling it like it really is ... is just too much for me. I know that there is always some reality in the Lady Justice books but this one came way too close to home. However, this will not stop me from continuing to listen/read this series.
This series is so incredible because it takes hot button issues & discusses them in a thought provoking and fair way. This book took on racial profiling & the great debate around cops shooting African Americans. It presented both sides so well, and really makes the reader think. It had a great unifying message in the end, and I say bravo to the author for doing it such justice.
Woven into this story is another adventure of Walt, Maggie, Ox & Judy finding themselves in the eye of a hurricane. The fact that this part was based on a true story made it all the more real and vivid as I listened to the scenes. George Kuch does a great job of narrating it all, and brings the characters to life.
Although this book has less laughs than the others, I still really enjoyed it & would really recommend it. Each book is a stand-alone story, and you can jump in at anytime (although I still think you should listen to them all!)
This book could have been ripped from the headlines .... Black Lives Matter, Cop Lives Matter, Racial Profiling, Hurricanes
I really thought the author did an outstanding job bringing the perspective of black and white to light, surviving a disaster, and what one does to survive. The intro to this book stated the hurricane catastrophe was based on the author's real life experience with hurricane O'Dell. Robert Thornhill does an amazing job encompassing so many details in a non-preaching manner. I loved how he included lyrics from an Elvis song that are so appropriate. George Kuch did such a wonderful performance with all of the various characters with distinguishable voices. The imagery, the details, the humor, the characters all add so much to this book and series. I love all of the books in this series and find they are standalone listens. Kansas City is the perfect setting for this book and is so realistic of much of the country' s demographics and environmental/cultural temperature. I loved so much about this book it is difficult to write in a review. I do not like giving away spoilers in my reviews, and with that said, the epilogue gives me pause with the direction Walt will go. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I cannot recommend this book and series enough as they are so good and give one a fresh perspective to many things.
Author Robert Thornhill's gloriously funny series about the elderly cop, Walt Williams, his partner Ox, and his assortment of curious friends, has frequently also raised thought provoking issues. But this book is darker than the earlier stories as he and Ox are involved in a shooting which threatens to bring large scale racial violence to Kansas City. To remove them temporarily from the public eye, the couple, with their wives, are sent on a two weeks, work related, luxury holiday - and straight into violence of another sort: the 2014 hurricane which hits their holiday location within two days of their arrival. There they experience first hand how desperation can affect even the most law abiding men.
Although still retaining the wonderfully lugubrious style and flashes of comedy, Walt here is more world weary, his musings less certain that he can continue to fight for lady justice. As in all of the earlier books, George Kuch is Walt Williams, delivering the first person recounting with impeccable talking-to-the-listener-personally style. He catches all of the nuances, the humour, the fears and small successes perfectly.
A darker story than it's earlier counterparts, this is still a book I highly recommend both for the thrills, the friendships and the subject matter itself. The whole series never disappoints.