The Vigilantes (Badge of Honor Series #10)

The Vigilantes (Badge of Honor Series #10)

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by W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth IV
     
 

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Murders are on the rise in Philadelphia-but no one seems to mind because the victims are all fugitives with histories of heinous sex crimes against women and children. Worse for Homicide Sergeant Matt Payne, the main suspect is leaving evidence for police to find. But when copycat killings start popping up due to vigilante groups dealing out their own justice,

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Overview

Murders are on the rise in Philadelphia-but no one seems to mind because the victims are all fugitives with histories of heinous sex crimes against women and children. Worse for Homicide Sergeant Matt Payne, the main suspect is leaving evidence for police to find. But when copycat killings start popping up due to vigilante groups dealing out their own justice, Payne must find out who's behind the chaos before the violence overtakes the city.

Editorial Reviews

At least one serial killer is loose in the City of Brotherly Love, but nobody seems to care. The victims are poor people, lowlifes who aren't badly missed, so life goes on. Matthew Payne, however, refuses to sit on the sidelines. This Philadelphia homicide cop recognizes a dangerous trend when he sees one and he knows that the violence is rapidly escalating beyond control. W.E.B. Griffin's latest Badge of Honor possesses the gritty realism that we have come to expect of him. An arresting read.
Publishers Weekly
Griffin's plodding 10th police thriller in his Badge of Honor series (after The Traffickers), co-authored with son Butterworth, adds little that's either new or exciting to a shopworn plot. Despite debilitating chemotherapy for prostate cancer, Will Curtis decides to take justice into his own hands and kill John "JC" Nguyen, the slimy drug dealer who slipped his 24-year-old daughter, Wendy, a "roofy," then raped her. While he's at it, Will also whacks shyster lawyer Daniel Gartner, who got JC acquitted on a technicality at JC's trial. Will's good at his work, so he decides to kill every other sexual criminal he can locate running loose on the streets of Philadelphia. Sgt. Matt Payne tries to figure out who's behind this murder spree while pursuing his ongoing love affair with Dr. Amanda Law, the damsel in distress he rescued in The Traffickers. Unfunny interior dialogue and other suspense-impeding devices slow the predictable action to the point that only series fans will find much to enjoy. (Aug.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399156632
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
08/10/2010
Series:
Badge of Honor Series, #10
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
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. 
 
William E. Butterworth IV has been a writer and editor for major newspapers and magazines for more than twenty-five years, and has worked closely with his father for several years on the editing of the Griffin books. He is the coauthor of several novels in the Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, and Presidential Agent series. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Brief Biography

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

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