The Investigators (Badge of Honor Series #7)

The Investigators (Badge of Honor Series #7)

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by W. E. B. Griffin
     
 

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A brutal crime...A group of urban terrorists...An investigation of dirty cops...The leads in these supposedly unconnected cases have become tangled in some very ugly--and dangerous--knots. Now Special Operations detective Matt Payne and his colleagues find themselves fearing not only for their jobs, but also for their very lives...


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A brutal crime...A group of urban terrorists...An investigation of dirty cops...The leads in these supposedly unconnected cases have become tangled in some very ugly--and dangerous--knots. Now Special Operations detective Matt Payne and his colleagues find themselves fearing not only for their jobs, but also for their very lives...


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The Barnes & Noble Review
W.E.B. Griffin has written about war, and in his 'Badge of Honor' series, of which Investigators is the seventh installment, he writes specifically about peace. Or, at least, the peace of the inner city and the cops who work and play within those cities. His prose is clean and direct. His story is a saga of various families and of Philadelphia.

This novel will take you by surprise. Investigators creeps up quietly, then grabs you by the throat when you're least expecting it. It is a slow build in the first quarter of the novel, as Griffin spends much time establishing his network of characters and their various actions and motivations. I spent the first 90 pages of "Investigators" wondering when the story would take off. Griffin shifts characters and points of view continuously. But his characters are compelling and real, and his Philadelphia seems solid and absolutely true to life.

Rest assured, however, that when this novel does take off, it soars like a rocket, illuminating all of its dark corners. Investigators opens with several seemingly unrelated events. A young woman, Susan Reynolds, schedules a trip to Philadelphia to see an old friend for a family party. While she's there, she plans on seeing another woman, Jennie, who, knowing that Susan is an Appeals Officer in Social Services, mysteriously begs her for help.

Meanwhile, in another section of Philadelphia, a cop on a narcotics bust shows his stripes. He accepts a bribe from one of the perpetrators and, as additional payment, rapes the perpetrator's girlfriend. Enter Matt Payne, a youngdetective still hot from his recent heroics. Payne also attends the party for which Susan Reynolds has come to Philadelphia. When they meet, the attraction seems mutual at first. But Susan is standoffish, and leaves the gathering alone. Later Matt discovers that there is some suspicion that Susan has been kidnapped.

He begins his own informal investigation of the alleged kidnapping, because he was believed to have left the party with her. But has Susan really been kidnapped? Even while Matt is questioned by the FBI regarding the missing woman, he is brought in to investigate the rumors of dirty cops in the Narcotics Division.

Suddenly, the story explodes across the page as an aging Mafia don goes to ask a favor of Matt Payne's father. The favor is a simple one: The mafioso wants Payne senior to convince his daughter, Amy, a doctor, to see the mafioso's granddaughter, Cynthia. As the favor is agreed to, and Matt Payne's father calls his daughter, setting up the medical consultation, we meet Cynthia Longwood. Not only is she the granddaughter of a well-known but unconvicted mobster, she is the young woman in that motel room who was raped by a dirty cop at the opening of the novel.

Confused yet? Thankfully, Griffin's novel takes off at an extraordinary pace at this point. The many threads of the story come together as Matt Payne is thrust into center stage by the interweaving circumstances of this complex but fascinating plot. Griffin is a master of the slow build, but always there's a terrific story turn that accompanies the pressure-cooker milieu of cops and their families, and the internal politics of the police force. For sheer twists, turns, and surprises, Investigators is a great cop novel.—Douglas Clegg

Library Journal
Book 7 of Griffin's "Badge of Honor" series continues the saga of the Philadelphia Police Department, focusing once again on the Special Operations unit. Detective Matt Payne is sent to Harrisburg to gather evidence against a narcotics unit that is suspected of stealing from the very people whom they have arrested. Payne is also working with the FBI in its attempt to locate several terrorists who, in 1968, blew up a scientific laboratory, killing 11 people. While walking in the footsteps of law-enforcement officers, Griffin gives a clear picture of what it is like to be a police officer, how police officers think, how politicians bring pressure to bear on their actions, and how the justice system works. Everything Griffin writes immediately goes on the best sellers lists, mainly because he tells such richly detailed stories using a huge, engaging cast of characters who by this time will have become old friends to many readersand this book is no exception. Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., Ohio
Kirkus Reviews
The latest installment—and first hardcover—in the prodigious Griffin's 'Badge of Honor' series on detectives in the Philadelphia police force. As in his several successful series on soldiers (including The Last Heroes, Vol. I of Men in War, 1997, and Line of Fire, Book V of The Corps, 1992), Griffin is particularly deft at catching the hierarchies of all-male societies, and the ways in which men school themselves for action. His protagonist here, Special Operations detective Matt Payne, shares with Griffin's other heroes an appetite for testing himself, a knack for getting into very dangerous situations, and a willingness to meet violence with violence. In this case, Payne is up against both a group of corrupt and lethal cops and a cabal of urban terrorists. Don't expect George V. Higgins, or even Christopher Newman here—while Griffin endows his Philadelphia setting with a terse authenticity, and his characters are distinct, if not remarkable, you won't find realistic chat, deep plumbings of character, or a detailed portrait of police politics. What you will find is a shrewdly paced plot, sharp, vivid action, and a rather mordant view of human nature. Not deep, but lively.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781440632648
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Series:
Badge of Honor Series , #7
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
592
Sales rank:
32,007
File size:
622 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin is the author of seven bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, Presidential Agent, and now Clandestine Operations. He lives in Fairhope, Alabama, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. 
 


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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Coppell, Texas
Date of Birth:
November 10, 1929
Place of Birth:
Newark, New Jersey

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Investigators (Badge of Honor Series #7) 4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 24 reviews.
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BorderBear More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading The Investigators, another good read about Philadelphia's Finest. Matt Payne manages to find himself in more action than the "average bear." Good characters, good plot twists, good action, always a love interest. They call Payne the "Wyatt Earp of the Main Line", referring to his silver spoon background. My Arizona pioneer great grandmother was in Tombstone prior to the Earps, was well acquainted with all those surrounding characters and did NOT hold that particular Earp in high regard.
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cahGA More than 1 year ago
This author keeps your attention, hard to put the book down.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I read in this series and found it well written and somewhat enjoyable. The book could have been condensed some to keep the intense action which was in some parts of the book. The urban terrorist was far fetched and even though it gave a romance angle to the book it could have been skipped. It brought in the anti terrorist group and the FBI and just added characters that were difficult to keep track of. I would love a second chance to read this author because parts of this book were intense and I loved the writing style.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was looking to try a new author, so I bought this particular book. I enjoyed the various strong characters, subplots and basic storyline, it made me want to start from the beginning of the series. I plan on buying and reading the whole set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As in other books of this series, keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you enjoy police thrillers,this series is a must read.Am looking forward to any future writings of this series.