High Crimes

  • by Joseph Finder
  • Narrated by Therese Plummer
  • 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Claire Heller Chapman, a Harvard Law School professor and a high-powered attorney, has just attained a national reputation for her work on several high-profile cases. Her second husband, Tom Chapman, is a successful moneymanager who adores Claire and her six-year-old daughter. They live in a beautiful house and lead a glamorous and happy life.
Then a random burglary turns their world upside down. A routine police investigation reveals that Tom is not who he says he is. He never attended the college he said he did. He once had a different name. He once was, Claire learns, a secret operative for the U.S. government.
When he is suddenly arrested and put on trial for a crime he insists he didn't commit - an unspeakable atrocity carried out 13 years ago - she puts her reputation on the line to defend him. The case is tried in a top-secret court-martial conducted by the Pentagon, in which all the evidence is classified, and the rules are unlike any Claire has ever known.
The audio includes an excerpt from Vanished, the first Nick Heller novel.


What the Critics Say

"Rattling good entertainment right to the final inevitable twist." (Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

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Not for me

I think your political views might impact your enjoyment of this story. I didn't like the premise and I don't share those views, so I didn't care for the book--and yet, I did find it interesting. There are a lot of twists and turns in the plot line, and I like a book that keeps me guessing. There is a lot of courtroom drama and if you like question-answer formats you'll like it.
But, there are some serious problems in the story line also. There are huge holes in motivation. The inciting incident at the mall is SO fake. As others have written, why would you endanger others when you could easily arrest the man at work or at home. I don't really understand the problems with the daughter and the sister. Why is the idea that Clare is smoking again included--I just don't get it.

Also, the daughter is just a little brat. Every time she entered the story line it set me on edge. Whine, Whine, Whine.

The narrator did a good job. I always appreciate a reader who does accents and gets them right.
I am trying to find good writers who have numerous books. I've listened to all of the books by the writers I do like and I need to find something else. I tried this book because the author has had numerous best sellers and a lot of positive feedback. I probably won't listen to, or read, any more of his books.
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- Kaye E Steeno

Similar to DeMille's "Word of Honor", not as good

Amazingly similar in content to Nelson DeMille's "Word of Honor", but not nearly as good. Much of it was very tedious court martial material, and would have been better with male narration.
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- Judith

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-01-2010
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio