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Ex-cop Jim Weir thought he'd seen it all during his years on the force. That is until he saw the body of his sister Annie, brutally used by a monster in human form, then carelessly discarded. He'd never seen such grief ravage the face of his friend and brother-in-law Ray Cruz, a good cop on the Newport Beach Police Department.

When Weir learns that the only witness swore the killer made his escape in a Newport Beach squad car, his disbelief turns to confusion and outrage.

Now the anguished Weir is on the killer's trail, looking for answers among his former colleagues, but he's going up against a solid wall of silent blue. And just out of sight, a fractured shadow of a man watches Jim's progress with twisted amusement as he waits for his time to come.

©2004 T. Jefferson Parker; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Bad, bad, bad...

Falling somewhere between a soap opera and a romance novel, this book left me cold. I don't know if I really didn't care about any of the characters, or if I just plain disliked them. High on my list of unlikable, shallow, cheesy characters was Annie who spent a lot of energy rationalizing (through her diary) her duplicitous behavior in flowery, over-the-top bullshit yammering about how wonderful a person she was - how she deserved forgiveness and understanding, yada, yada, yada. I found myself thinking whoever offed her did the world and her family and friends a favor. Had she admitted to herself and the reader that she just wanted to get laid and hang out with the rich and powerful, I might have liked her better. So...most of the characters were cookie cutter, one dimensional, boring, people. The plot was convoluted and in the end silly. I am giving up on T J Parker. I listened to the end - I don't know how I did it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Stacy
  • Santa Rosa, CA, United States
  • 03-24-09

Spellbinding

Another enthralling read by T. Jefferson Parker, with his knack for creating fascinating characters and unpredictable endings. Highly recommended.

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  • Matthew
  • Torrance, CA, United States
  • 08-26-14

Barely got through it

Would you try another book from T. Jefferson Parker and/or David Colacci?

I enjoy TJ Parker, but this story was overly wrought.

What was most disappointing about T. Jefferson Parker’s story?

Recounting the diary.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Narration was average.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful