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In Philadelphia - suffering among the country's highest murder rates - the tension between the Philadelphia Police Department and its Citizens Oversight Committee has long been reaching a boiling point. That turmoil turns from bad to worse shortly after the committee begins targeting police shootings - especially those of twenty-seven-year-old Homicide Sergeant Matt Payne, the "Wyatt Earp of the Main Line" - and then the committee's combative leader is found shot dead point-blank on the front porch of his run-down Philly row house.
As chanting protesters fill the streets, the city threatens to erupt. Payne, among many others accused of being complicit in the leader's death, becomes quietly furious. He suspects there's something deeper behind it all, but what? Ordered to stay out of the line of fire, he struggles ahead to do what he does best - his job. He's been investigating the murder of a young family. A reporter, working on an illicit drug series for Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mickey O'Hara, has been killed with his wife and child, a note stapled to his chest warning that the drug stories are to stop. Period. While Payne knows that he, like his pal O'Hara, cannot back down, he also knows that they damn sure could be among the next to die....
©2015 William E. Butterworth IV (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 08-28-15

I am Disappointed

The authors are back with book 12 in the Badge of Honor Series. Philadelphia is having an outbreak of killings that Sgt. Matt Payne and team are trying to get control. There is interesting descriptions of the City’s neighborhoods and the downtown area. I don’t live in Philadelphia but Griffin has a reputation of being very accurate with his location descriptions. Griffin and Butterworth delve into the sociological problems of the city as they relate to the police.

My major complaint is I had to wade through half the book going over the prior books in the series (which I already read) before the authors got into the current story. The plot is convoluted and jumps all over the place for no apparent reason and many of the regular characters did not appear in this story. I am very disappointed in the decline of one of my favorite authors. I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. Scott Brick salvaged the book with his great narration.

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1 out of 5 stars
By A User on 03-07-16


Quality of writing has gone down. I hated the time warp where the story went from the early 1970 to present day. the writer needs to go back and read the earlier books to cut down on mlstakes. The father needs to start writing the books again because the son is not in his league as a writer. This will probably be my last purchase of these books.

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2 out of 5 stars
By JASON M. on 06-02-18

Not up to scratch

I have long been a fan of both WEB Griffin as an author, and Scott Brick as a narrator, but this book does neither of them justice. The original badge of honour series was a pleasure to read, but this book is sadly in a far lower league, with a needless time jump to the modern day. There are just too many things missing from the original series to mention. As for Scott, maybe it is the material he had to work with this time, but I also found his style lacking. Character voices were fine, but when narrating, he seemed at odds with the authour. All in all, I wish I hadn't bothered.

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