Murders are on the rise in Philadelphia-but no one seems to mind because the victims are all fugitives with histories of heinous sex crimes against women and children. Worse for Homicide Sergeant Matt Payne, the main suspect is leaving evidence for police to find. But when copycat killings start popping up due to vigilante groups dealing out their own justice, Payne must find out who's behind the chaos before the violence overtakes the city.
Griffin's plodding 10th police thriller in his Badge of Honor series (after The Traffickers), co-authored with son Butterworth, adds little that's either new or exciting to a shopworn plot. Despite debilitating chemotherapy for prostate cancer, Will Curtis decides to take justice into his own hands and kill John "JC" Nguyen, the slimy drug dealer who slipped his 24-year-old daughter, Wendy, a "roofy," then raped her. While he's at it, Will also whacks shyster lawyer Daniel Gartner, who got JC acquitted on a technicality at JC's trial. Will's good at his work, so he decides to kill every other sexual criminal he can locate running loose on the streets of Philadelphia. Sgt. Matt Payne tries to figure out who's behind this murder spree while pursuing his ongoing love affair with Dr. Amanda Law, the damsel in distress he rescued in The Traffickers. Unfunny interior dialogue and other suspense-impeding devices slow the predictable action to the point that only series fans will find much to enjoy.
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I have read every word of the many books by W.E.B.
Griffin. The Brotherhood of War and The Corps series are among the best military storytelling I've ever encountered. I've also largely enjoyed the exploits of Matt Payne.... UNTIL NOW. This effort was not worth the electrons it took to download to my iPad. Stay away...Griffin's collaboration with his son is not bearing fruit!
Missed many of the traditional characters; however, the input of some new blood was very well done. Tech base for first novels was behind the times. I bought this book at 6AM and read cover to cover without stopping. WEB Griffin does that to me.
Was This Really a Griffin Novel?
The characters (the subset in the book) are familiar names and almost come across as who they're supposed to be...almost.
If it didn't have Griffin's name on the cover, I would have given it 2 or 3 stars, but this story is such a pale imitation of what I expect in a book in this series that I want to warn readers new to Griffin's work that this book is NOT representative. The story is rushed, the characters are caricatures, and the plot is not nearly as well-developed as it should be. Just a guess, but I would suggest that Jr. hasn't gotten the feel for this series and these characters.