The dramatic New York Times-bestselling adventure in W.E.B. Griffin’s Badge of Honor series about the Philadelphia police force.
Having investigated his share of gruesome murders, Philadelphia Homicide Sergeant Matt Payne is beginning to think nothing can shock him—until the case of a young socialite’s death lands on his desk. The Camilla Rose Morgan he’d known as a teenager was beautiful and brilliant—how was it possible she’d jumped to her death from her own balcony? Her brother tells Payne she’d tragically been battling a lifetime of mental demons, and there is plenty of evidence of it, but still...something just doesn’t sit right. The more Payne digs, the more complications he discovers. Reputations are on the line here, and lives—and if Payne doesn’t tread carefully, one of them may be his own.
At the start of bestseller Griffin and son Butterworth's predictable 13th Badge of Honor novel (after 2013's The Last Witness), Sgt. Matthew Paine of the Philadelphia PD, known as the Wyatt Earp of the Main Line in honor of all the bad guys he's shot over the years, witnesses a drive-by shooting at West Rittenhouse Square and gives chase. After losing the suspects, he returns to the scene of the crime, where he meets beautiful philanthropist Camilla Rose Morgan, who has something to tell him. Matt accompanies her to her condo building, but he pauses to take a phone call in the lobby while she rides the elevator to her high-floor apartment. Soon after, Matt learns that Camilla Rose has taken a fatal header off her balcony. The question is, was she pushed, did she jump, or did she fall? The formulaic plot revolves around a start-up company, shady stock market deals, corrupt political officials, good cops, bad cops, and assorted thugs. Series fans who want more of the same will like this one.