The Last Witness (Badge of Honor Series #11)

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The last person Philadelphia homicide detective Matt Payne expected to hear from again was Texas Ranger Jim Byrth, with whom he’d broken a Mexican human trafficking ring. But Byrth isn’t making a social call. He’s found a connection between the Mexican drug cartels and the Russian mob.

Russian girls are being smuggled through the Caribbean to work in the U.S. as prostitutes, and some of them are dying or just disappearing. The trail leads right to Philadelphia, where teenage ...

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Overview

The last person Philadelphia homicide detective Matt Payne expected to hear from again was Texas Ranger Jim Byrth, with whom he’d broken a Mexican human trafficking ring. But Byrth isn’t making a social call. He’s found a connection between the Mexican drug cartels and the Russian mob.

Russian girls are being smuggled through the Caribbean to work in the U.S. as prostitutes, and some of them are dying or just disappearing. The trail leads right to Philadelphia, where teenage girls are being lured from foster homes, police sources are turning up dead, and the lone living witness—the daughter of a prominent family—has gone into hiding.

It’s up to Matt Payne and his Texas Ranger partner to find her—and hope like hell they get to her first.…

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Something is seriously amiss in Philadelphia. Russian women, many of them teenagers, have been smuggled into the city and forced into prostitution; now many of them are dying or missing. And that's not the end of the bad news. Young girls are being kidnapped from foster homes and person or persons unknown are violently eliminating valued confidential police sources. When homicide detective Matt Payne hears that Mexican drug cartels and the Russian mob have developed a deadly connection, he knows that the stakes of finding an important living witness have escalated. The first Badge of Honor novel in three years keeps you transfixed. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

Publishers Weekly
Members of the Philadelphia PD tangle with ruthless drug and human sex traffickers in bestseller Griffin’s explosive 11th Badge of Honor novel, this one, like 2010’s The Vigilantes, coauthored with son Butterworth. Homicide sergeant Matt Payne, dubbed the “Wyatt Earp of the Main Line” for a wild shoot-out in the Florida Keys, is on a mandated vacation when Maggie McCain, chief administrator of Mary’s House, a charity aiding abused or neglected children, is forced to go into hiding, carrying with her a possible key to busting the traffickers. Recalled to duty, Payne teams with Sgt. James Byrth of the Texas Rangers, and tries to locate Maggie. Meanwhile, Maggie’s risky decision to try to turn the tables on the vicious thugs hunting her has dire consequences. The authors use equally strong primary colors to paint both the bad guys and the heroes such as Payne and Byrth. Agent: Robert Youdelman, Rember & Curtis. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
Mainline Philadelphia homicide detective Matt Payne battles mobsters in Griffin's (The Vigilantes, 2010, etc.) latest book in his Badge of Honor series. Krystal Gonzalez takes two to the head in the Society Hill townhouse of Maggie McMain. McCain's missing, but she's not a suspect. It's feared the culprit who murdered Gonzalez has kidnapped or killed McCain. McCain, who runs Mary's House, a shelter for foster children, is the daughter of a Philadelphia mover-and-shaker, and Gonzalez, once a client of Mary's House, may have become entangled in the tentacles of the Los Zetas Mexican drug cartel. Authorities know too that elements of the Russian mob, busy worming its way into Philadelphia politics via pay-offs from Cayman Island bank accounts, are allying with the cartel. Griffin offers the usual good guys of movie star proportions--"six feet tall, a lithely muscled 170 pounds...thick dark hair...neat and short." Nearly everyone on the side of the angels is wealthy or connected to wealth or to each other. There are down-to-the-bullets-in-the-magazine descriptions of weapons--the trusty Colt .45 1911A is a favorite--as well as techno-gear from throwaway cellphones to anonymous email servers. Griffin serves up enough exposition about geographical locales and amenities, exotic and prosaic, to provide useful travel guides. Much of the narrative could be a CliffNotes synopsis of the corruption of legitimate processes--EB-5 visas for moneyed immigrants, international banking, capital investment funds--by drug and prostitution profits. Rich immigrants and drug lords manipulate; naive girls and runaway teens end up dead and disappeared into El Pozolero's bath of sodium hydroxide lye beads; and McCain goes to ground in a posh Virgin Islands resort. All but the last few chapters are a set-up for the quick but open-ended conclusion where Payne lets bullets fly and bad guys die. Formulaic, but great good fun for genre fans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780515154658
  • Publisher: Jove
  • Publication date: 6/24/2014
  • Series: Badge of Honor Series , #11
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 68,649
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

W. E. B. Griffin

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, and Presidential Agent. He has been invested into the orders of St. George of the U.S. Armor Association and St. Michael of the Army Aviation Association of America, and is a life member of the U.S. Special Operations Association; Gaston-Lee Post 5660, Veterans of Foreign Wars; the American Legion, China Post #1 in Exile; the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and the State of Delaware; the National Rifle Association; the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society; and the Flat Earth Society (Pensacola, Florida, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, chapters). He is an honorary life member of the U.S. Army Otter-Caribou Association, the U.S. Army Special Forces Association, the U.S. Marine Raider Association, and the USMC Combat Correspondents Association. Griffin lives in Alabama and Argentina.

William E. Butterworth IV has been an editor and writer for more than twenty-five years, and has worked closely with his father for a decade on the editing and writing of the Griffin books. He is coauthor of the bestselling novels The Saboteurs, The Double Agents, Death and Honor, The Traffickers, The Honor of Spies, The Vigilantes, The Outlaws, Victory and Honor, Covert Warriors, The Spymasters, and Empire and Honor. He is a member of the Sons of the American Legion, China Post #1 in Exile, and of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Society, and is a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Texas Rifle Association. He lives in Texas.

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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  • Posted August 9, 2013

    I'm a big fan of Griffin and his books. Unfortunately, since his

    I'm a big fan of Griffin and his books. Unfortunately, since his son has become the writer, the quality of the work has dropped precipitously. The jumps between story lines in this book does not seem to have any plan. There are numerous unfinished lines that are the result of poor story telling or shameless attempts to whet the appetite for the next volume. Well they failed. I will not partake in the Badge of Honor series again. That is sad but the quality of the writing has definitely gone down the outhouse floor.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    7 our of 10 Five Star ratings as of 8/18/13 are from nook/texter

    7 our of 10 Five Star ratings as of 8/18/13 are from nook/texters pretending to be cats - pretend world is OK but please don't mess with the book review rating system. You are doing a disservice to the authors, Barnes and Noble and all people who get information from these review pages. Please gain some maturity and insight to what you are doing and leave the book review rating system to those who read the books or want critical information.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

    This book, hotly anticipated, was a colossal disappointment.  It

    This book, hotly anticipated, was a colossal disappointment.  It was difficult to follow, and jumped around more than necessary in order to tell the story.  Each segment was choppy and not clearly related to the other threads.  While it all came together at the  end,  it wasn't a satisfactory ending. Why did these things happen? The threads did not weave together in a comprehensive way.
    It actually took me three days to force myself through it, and I am a Griffin fan. I am apparently no a WEB IV fan.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    I am continually disappointed by the latest books by W.E.B. Grif

    I am continually disappointed by the latest books by W.E.B. Griffin. This book was 254 pages and probably 75 of them dealt with back story from the previous two books. Matt Payne's character continues to spiral down the drain; he is becoming a whiny shadow of his former self. Some of the standby characters are briefly trotted out, but most are not mentioned. Jason Washington is becoming a pampas ass, Tony Harris is hardly given any time. I did not mind when the setting was changed from 1974 to 2013 with all the characters being transported and no corresponding difference in their ages. Do they even read there previous books before writing? The last installment had a different Mayor but now Carlucci is back, I think that I should be insulted that they think so poorly of their fans. This is a new low for the now father and son writing team. Too much drugs and cartel and very little character development what there is, is just disappointing. I had to stop reading two of the other series that Griffin/Butterworth put out as they have become so tepid it is just a chore to read them. I am upset to see this series fall off the same cliff. If you must read this serious get it from your local library do not spend your money and buy it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Disappointing

    This book is very shallow. Little really happens and most of the book is filler. Written merely to add another book to the series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    Griffin didnt write this!

    I doubt that he even read this if he did he wouldnt have alowed his name to go on it

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Worst Griffin book I have ever read

    I have read all of Griffin,s book, some several times over the years. Until this book I was always glad to get his latest. This book has no interesting points or story worth reading. Maybe Griffin has written himself out of the business and found a ghost writter who is just putting together enough junk to fill a book. Very poor product!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2013

    POOR POOR POOR

    THIS BOOK WAS NOT WRITTEN BY GRIFFIN. IT WAS SLOW MOVING, SITLTED, BORING AND WORST OF ALL USED TOO MUCH RAW SEX.
    I.E. SODOMY
    BUFFALOBOB

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    Although I have, and have read and greatly enjoyed, all of W.E.B

    Although I have, and have read and greatly enjoyed, all of W.E.B. Griffins works to date, this one seemed to be one that was written as for a deadline/contract project only. The premise is good, and timely like most of his works, yet the story sort of ran out 2/3rds of the way through. The ending was very contrived and seemed to only last as long as it did because he had a minimum number of pages to do. I have to admit, for the first time, other than the Presidental Agent series after #3 or so, I was disappointed with one of his books. I have always loved to sit down during a day off and immerse myself in one of his worlds, yet this time I was left feeling cheated and taken advantage of. I am not ready to give up on this series, or author, yet, but another one like this and I will have to think seriously about doing so. I rated it a 3 only for the first half of the book, the last half was more of a 1. This hurts my soul to be treated like this by one I admire and enoyed so much.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2013

    Worst Griffin book ever

    Full of filler information, redundant facts. Slow moving, little action. Waste of my time to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    I've been a fan of Griffin and his work for years. This latest

    I've been a fan of Griffin and his work for years. This latest book is awful and unworthy of the loyalty of his readers. Unbelievable plot, weak characters, disjointed, way too much back story for so short a work. An incredible disappointment. I'll think twice before I buy another in this series. If this is what we can expect in the future, it would be better to just lay down the pen and call it a career.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Disappointing

    Read the whole book waiting for something (Plot, characters, anything)to develop, but nothing ever did. Can't believe Griffin wrote this empty book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

    I have been a serious fan of Griffin's books for a couple of dec

    I have been a serious fan of Griffin's books for a couple of decades. My father and I have looked forward to the new additions in the different series.
    In "Badge of Honor", specifically, the later books seem to take liberties with time and characters. Carlucci was Mayor, then he wasn't, then he was. OK, it's conceivable that he could have done a "Grover Cleveland", sat out a term, and have been re-elected but the jump forward in time was too much without the characters aging any or being promoted. This isn't "Back to the Future".

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Horrible!

    A bad book, no plot, and with virtually no character development in the WEB Griffin tradition. I doubt Griffin wrote even one word of this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Surprisingly Mediocre

    I am a devout fan of W.E.B. Griffin. However, this was definitely not his best book, though we all know he can't write a bad book. I have read ALL of his books, and this is the only one that I felt was just so-so. I much prefer his books about WW II. He is absolutely a master of that era. I also much prefer his books that are not co-authored. But yes, I will continue to read everything Mr. Griffin writes. I am addicted to him.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    Less than stellar

    IMO this is one of the weakest efforts put forth by to author. The plot felt under developed and hurried.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    I am a big fan of Griffin. I enjoyed this book. It wasn't top on

    I am a big fan of Griffin. I enjoyed this book. It wasn't top on my list, but it is enjoyable. The writing is tight and controlled and the plot unfolds at a good pace. High marks and high recommendations.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2014

    Boring in spots. Too much detail.

    Not my favorite of his books. Seems like a lot of "filler"material was used.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Good reading. This book did not have as compelling a story as p

    Good reading. This book did not have as compelling a story as previous books in this series have had. Howevere, it was good reading. The story left you wanting more and it seemed that some newer characters would have larger roles in future editions. There is a big difference between previous books by Griffin and the recent works where WEB's son is playing a bigger role in the writing team.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

    Not as well written as previous books in this series

    Slower reading and more superfluous conversations and action. Not as compelling as others

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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