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Crime of Privilege

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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Having lived in Massachusetts for just over two and a half years

Having lived in Massachusetts for just over two and a half years, it always adds another element to reading when you can envision some of the places mentioned in a novel, and you’re at least familiar with the name-drops of some of the other locations. The connection is ...
Having lived in Massachusetts for just over two and a half years, it always adds another element to reading when you can envision some of the places mentioned in a novel, and you’re at least familiar with the name-drops of some of the other locations. The connection is immediate, and rather fulfilling, and if that was all CRIME OF PRIVILEGE had to offer, it would have given me one layer of enjoyment. But this particular novel offers readers so much more. Cape Cod, and the Massachusetts backdrop that sits at the heart of this novel, offers a great locale for the ongoing debate of old money versus new money, and the ways in which the rich manipulate the legal system to their advantage. It’s an interesting argument, and one well-worth the merit of an entire novel. Great writing certainly doesn’t hurt either.

The characters offer the reader more than just mere caricatures and stereotypes, and the story flows across time and locations with effervescent ease. George Becket is a man with a tainted soul, along with a tainted past, and he’s a character worth getting to know. His motivations may not have always been one hundred percent clear, but I was willing to forgive this minor transgression of the author for the sake of a rather engaging read. From the first page to the last, my attention was cemented within the confines of this novel.

The chapters came in short, staccato bursts, and I found myself flipping pages faster than a speeding train. The settings were rich, and traipsed through a variety of locales, like you would expect from any international thriller. My biggest complaint was that the novel had to end. If you’re looking for an entertaining legal thriller, then you might want to keep CRIME OF PRIVILEGE in mind.

Robert Downs
Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

posted by RobertDowns on June 18, 2013

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

I read the first 100 pages and really got interested. Then it re

I read the first 100 pages and really got interested. Then it really slowed down and I did something I almost never do. I skipped 200 pages and started to read there. Guess what..I didn't miss a thing. Skipped 25 more and read to the end. Got the whole gist of the story...
I read the first 100 pages and really got interested. Then it really slowed down and I did something I almost never do. I skipped 200 pages and started to read there. Guess what..I didn't miss a thing. Skipped 25 more and read to the end. Got the whole gist of the story and the ending was very unsatisfactory. Don't waste your time.

posted by SUEHAV on August 30, 2013

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  • Posted December 2, 2013

    A rape in Palm Beach twelve years ago and a nine year old murder

    A rape in Palm Beach twelve years ago and a nine year old murder on Cape Cod both point towards the Gregory clan, a wealthy and highly influential Massachusetts political family. Both investigations were stonewalled and nobody was ever brought to justice.

    Nevertheless, a ruthless former special forces operative continues his investigation, acting as a proxy for an embittered father seeking vengeance for the rape, subsequent downward spiral, and eventual death of his daughter. Another father, frustrated with the lack of progress in the investigation of his daughter's murder, seeks help from George Becket, a young lawyer with the Cape Cod and Islands district attorney's office who also has his own demons to purge.

    Clues lead Becket to Boston, New York, Idaho, Hawaii, California, Costa Rica, and France in search of people who, along with the victim, purportedly partied with the Gregorys at their Cape Cod compound on the night of the murder. All, including Becket, have had their silence bought, one way or another.

    In summing up, many of the characters have a past and the need to atone is one of the novel's leitmotifs. Several of the Gregorys, including the senator/ family patriarch, committed acts ranging from immoral to out and out evil, yet are compelled to be philanthropists and public servants who accomplish enormous good for many. And solving the Cape Cod murder is perceived by George as expiation for his own less than honourable conduct twelve years prior.

    As an aside, the author is surely joking when he introduces his novel as "a fictional work about invented characters". Seriously though, Crime Of Privilege is an intriguing page turner with a plot greatly enhanced by exotic locales and the histories of its characters. It is highly recommended for fans of the mystery genre.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Good read

    A surprisingly good read. Took a chance on it and am glad I did.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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