True Blue

  • by David Baldacci
  • Narrated by Ron McLarty
  • 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A mysterious high-profile homicide in the nation's capital collides with the dark side of national security in David Baldacci's new, heart-stopping thriller.Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything - her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more.Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform. But even with her police chief sister on her side, she has to work in the shadows: A vindictive U.S. attorney is looking for any reason to send Mace back behind bars.Then Roy Kingman enters her life. Roy is a young lawyer who aided the poor until he took a high-paying job at a law firm in Washington. Mace and Roy meet after he discovers the dead body of a female partner at the firm. As they investigate the death, they start uncovering surprising secrets from both the private and public world of the nation's capital.Soon, what began as a fairly routine homicide takes a terrifying and unexpected turn-into something complex, diabolical, and possibly lethal.

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No connection to new heroine

True Blue introduces a new central character Mace Perry. You have to suspend belief further than normal with this storyline. Mace is a (supposedly) framed ex-con cop who has a sister that is chief of the DC police. On her release from prison Mace and her sister committ felony after felony to solve a murder that Mace has no connection with other than her sister is the chief. Mace also teams up with a lawyer and solve the case faster than the entire police squad. There are also ridiculous scenes where the lawyer saves their lives from a killing gang in the bad side of town by challenging the gang leader to game of a basketball. The FBI and CIA also make their way into the story in a way that only the most ardent conspiracy theory buff would appreciate or believe. The largest drawback to me was that I did not like the Mace Perry character. She was porrayed as a action first, think last character with bad judgement. Her actions and reckless behavior were not worthy of a real policeman and she continually placed those close to her in danger for poor reasons. Read the other Baldacci books for much better story lines and characters you can like.
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- Stephen

Another Disappointed Fan

Count me in the club of disappointed Baldacci fans. I bought the book on the strength of his previous books. This one was weak.

The plot resorts to Baldacci's usual formula of corrupt politicians up to their usual skulduggery. It takes a long time for the plot to unfold, and there are parts of it that don't hang together. They're caught in their corruption by characters that are flat and two-dimensional.

Mace: I could care less, send her back to jail. The escape from the refrigerator? Puhleeze! Not even a crumb of believability on the shelves. Roy: what's his motivation? The Captain: a familiar Baldacci stereotype. Beth Perry: why in the world would a police chief not just protect her felon-sister in full public view, but allow her at murder scenes and give her access to investigative data, and why is it that she never gets pulled up short for it? Mona: how would such an unlikable and marginally competent attorney achieve such high office? How is it that she gets her heel caugth in the grate, but Beth doesn't?

While I'm busy savaging the characters, Mace's underlying story is a perfect example of how thin the plot is and how it lacks basic plausibility. Her felony conviction based on her kidnapping and subsequent forced drug use and consequent acts doesn't have the ring of truth. Even a character as despicable as Mona would be able to get to the truth of that one. Plus, the law doesn't support the conviction.

The narrator: one of the worst I've heard and I've been listening to audiobooks since they were only available on cassette. Hard to tell which male character he's voicing since they all sound the same.

This audiobook was a total disappointment. I may have to wait for reviews of his next book before buying, and if they're as bad as they are for this book, wait for it to go on sale.
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- Eva Gannon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2009
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio