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I bought this audiobook solely on Lee Child's recommendation. I love Lee Child's novels, so I figured that anything he praised I would like. Wrong. This novel tells a highly unlikely story without the panache that allows me to suspend disbelief. The protagonist, Patti Black -- presumably a tough, street-hardened Chicago cop -- goes through the book in an almost constant state of hysteria. I had trouble buying that Chicago's most decorated cop would keep losing control of her emotions with each successive event. Books like this re-affirm my conviction that men shouldn't try to write novels with female protagonists. Lee Child, you have let me down and cost me money.
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Ugh. Patti Black is a decorated veteran of the Chicago PD. Patti Black is also some kind of wonder human. In the first hour she kills some gang bangers, saves an apartment building full of people from a fire, discovers a dead body in same building and..forget it. During the next few hours of the book she is nearly killed at least 4 times, she is summoned to meet the commissioner(several times), saves a fellow officers life and becomes a parody of a super cop. If these things aren't enough we find out she has a teen son(who she gave up for adoption), he is being threatened by some gangsters to get her into line. But of course Human Services will not even think of letting the adoptive family know of the danger. I am tired of reviewing this absurd story. The main character performs some super-human act every few minutes, and this makes the tale absurd. Don't pay attention to those lobotomized reviewers at Amazon, they don't understand how bad this story is.
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