The Assassin (Badge of Honor Series #5)

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A political assasin is ready to make his move. The police department's only clue is a single, perfectly typed bomb threat. And worse yet, the police aren't sure they can trust their own people. In a few short days, the corruption of one cop—and the madness of an assasin—could blow the whole city sky high...

A perfectly typed bomb threat makes its way to the Philadelphia Police Department--the calling card of a political assassin on the loose. It couldn't happen at a...

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Overview

A political assasin is ready to make his move. The police department's only clue is a single, perfectly typed bomb threat. And worse yet, the police aren't sure they can trust their own people. In a few short days, the corruption of one cop—and the madness of an assasin—could blow the whole city sky high...

A perfectly typed bomb threat makes its way to the Philadelphia Police Department--the calling card of a political assassin on the loose. It couldn't happen at a worse time, since a rogue cop has brought corruption into the force. The police can't trust their own people as seconds tick away toward an explosion that could rock the nation. Original.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this fifth installment of Griffin's Badge of Honor series, members of Philadelphia's law enforcement community are again faced with the difficult task of protecting their city. Teamed in an uneasy alliance with the Secret Service, Philly's cops must thwart an assassination attempt on the vice president of the United States during his upcoming visit. With only a typewritten note to go on, rookie detective Matthew Payne and head of Special Operations Peter Wohl must race to unearth the wannabe assassin--a petrochemicals market analyst who believes God has commanded him to kill the veep. Although the book is nominally about Payne and Wohl and about their chase, the most visible character here is the police department, or rather the interplay between various factions therein. As with his earlier police novels, Griffin ( Men in Blue ; The Witness ) seldom treads where other authors dare not go. However, this book succeeds because of the authority with which he depicts events and locations. Additionally, the slick but restrained pace at which the story unfolds makes this an enjoyable and gripping read. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515111132
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Series: Badge of Honor Series , #5
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 244,937
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series.

Biography

With more than 40 million books in print in more than 10 languages, bestselling novelist W.E.B. Griffin enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a master of the military thriller.

Griffin began his career not as a writer but as a military man like the type he would eventually make millions writing about. After growing up in both New York City and the Philadelphia suburb of Wallingford, Pennsylvania, Griffin took the step in 1946 that -- little did he know at the time -- would set the course for his literary life: He enlisted in the United States Army. After finishing basic training, he went through counterintelligence instruction at Fort Holabird, New Jersey, and was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany under Major General I. D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary.

In 1951, while attending Philips University, in Marburg an der Lahn, in Germany, Griffin was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. He again served under General White, both at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and in Korea, where he earned the Expert Combat Infantry Badge and served as a combat correspondent and as acting X Corps (Group) information officer. Upon his release from active duty in 1953, Griffin was appointed chief of the Publications Division of the Army Signal Aviation Test & Support Activity at the Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, Alabama.

Although he first wrote under various pen names, Griffin didn't begin writing his bestselling string of military novels until he was well into his 50s. His first Brotherhood of War novel, The Lieutenants, was published in 1982 and touched off Griffin's well-known reputation for writing with historical accuracy and fascinating detail. Publishers Weekly noted that this first novel "captures the rhythms of WW II army life... in an absorbing account of life among military men." Griffin would go on to pen additional books in the Brotherhood of War sequence and to launch other bestselling series -- including The Corps, Badge of Honor, Honor Bound, and Men at War, among others.

While Griffin's public persona is a bit of an enigma -- he's not one to make the talk show rounds -- it's clear that he both knows and appreciates his readers, especially his fellow military men. On his official web site, Griffin reflects, "Nothing honors me more than a serviceman, veteran, or cop telling me how much he enjoys reading my books."

Good To Know

Griffin was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Military Fiction from Norwich University.

He was vested in the Order of St. George by the U.S. Armor Association.

Griffin addressed the Corps of Cadets for the United States Military Academy.

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Edmund Butterworth III (real name); Alex Baldwin, Webb Beech, Walter E. Blake, Jack Dugan, John Kevin Dugan, Eden Hughes, James McDouglas, Allison Mitchell, Edmund O. Scholefield, Blakely St.
      W.E.B. Griffin
    2. Hometown:
      Coppell, Texas
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 10, 1929
    2. Place of Birth:
      Newark, New Jersey

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    Me

    I dont get ot. Its confusing. Honestly. I dont really like it sorry for the critism. And spelling. :)

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    Friendship Makes You Complete ~ Chapter 4

    When Lily and Sophia took a step forward, there was a sudden shout. A wavy-black-haired girl with dark blue eyes raced toward them. Mia! The name of her friend immediately rushed to Sophia's mine. But, sadly, for Sophia, itwas not Mia. The girl had a black dragon tattoo - which Mia didn't have - was wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, blue jeans, black, gray, red, and white shoes, and black fingerless gloves. "Are you Mya?" Lily asked her. The girl stopped, looking confused. "It's MIA, not MYA, just a fact for you." Sophia muttered to Lily. Lily gave her a sharp look, letting her know that she was offended, and turned to the girl. "Are you Mia?" The girl, who was about 18 years old, shook her head. "No, ma'am. But I heard about the kidnap on the news today. I would like to help find this Mia-girl." She said, brushing back a strand of wispy hair out of her face with her gloved hand. Sophia spoke, before Lily could. "Yes, you may!" She said. "What's your name? I'm Sophia, and this is Officer Lily." The girl smiled kindly at both of them and said, "my name is Katrina." Lily smiled back. "Well, Katrina-" she gave "be silent" look to Sophia and continued. "Well, Katrina, we are spying on a kidnapper. We found him, but apparently he has sent the girl, supposedly Mia, to a mysterious partner." Katrina looked as if she was about to give them a clue, but suddenly she had a confused and puzzled look. "I might know, but I'm not sure." Sophia brightened. "This might give the kidnapper away when he's not expecting it!" Lily sniffed. "Katrina, Sophia, that's a good idea, but we must not rush! We must uncover the clues as we always do, not rush into the mystery!" Sophia leaned toward Katrina. "Miss Officer indeed!" She whispered. The two girls giggled. Lily gave them a stern look. "Hurry up!" She snapped. Katrina and Lily exchanged glances as Lily started toward an open window, which was right by the door.. "Coming?" Lily snatched a tiny peek over her shoulder. "We're watching you! Right behind!" Sophia lied, making her vioce sound loud, as if just behind the officer. Lily swung herself up through the window. Sophia nodded to Katrina, inviting her to go first. Katrina winked and climbed in behind Lily. When the two girls were out of sight, Sophia grappled with the moldy sill. She pushed herself up with her feet and she stood on the sill. She suddenly slipped on the grime, which was on the top layer of the mold, and she fell, head-first, into the wooden planks. Lily scowled and helped her up. Katrina was walking toward a huge, dark, steep, slimy, winding stone staircase, which was covered in mold and grimey moss. Lily and Sophia were by her side in an instant. "Let's go!" Katrina whispered. The three girls eagerly quickened their pace, until they were at the edge, looking down onto the staircase below. Lily and Sophi stared in horror. What is MIA was down there? All alone? Starved? Maybe, could it truely be, dead? Katrina wasn't scared, though. She grabbed Lily and Sophia's hand, pulling them down onto the first step. "Let's go!" The three girls continued their frightening, mysterious journey ahead.

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    Ally

    Instead my home will b at ally first result

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