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
     
 

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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, Payne…  See more details below

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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, Payne must find out who's behind the chaos before the violence overtakes the city.

Editorial Reviews

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:
9781101187944
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/10/2010
Series:
Badge of Honor Series , #10
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
37,639
File size:
460 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. 
 
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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The Vigilantes (Badge of Honor Series #10) 3.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 144 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been a long time reader of Griffin's books and have read all series more than once. I was looking foreward to any addition to any series when I purchased this book. However, it was tough reading and just not up to his normal standard for hard hitting, exciting, stories. Although W.E.B. is known to provide detailed descriptions of people, locations, and actions taken, his collaboration with his son on this book became way too detailed and caused the story to drag. I was wondering at times why it was so descriptive when it wasn't needed to add color to the tale. The ending gives you the idea another in this series could be coming, and I hope it is. I'll continue to look foreward to any new item published in any series from Mr. Griffin and expect he will rebound with a fine tale in the future in the Badge of Honor Series.
rico1051 More than 1 year ago
Not near the caliber of past Griffin novels. Slow and at times boring. Lots of talk but little action. Having read Griffin for many years I'm disappointed in this work.
Irish_descent More than 1 year ago
I have to say, this book lacked the quality of the previous books in the series. Not only are many of the old characters missing, but the story line itself does not play out in the detail that Griffin has previously used. Additionally, there are breakdowns in the timeline of the series. I don't think that given the timeframe of the original books, that the technology used in this book are in line with Matt's length of service. Amongst other issues, this shows the lack of detail and quality of this installment. I wonder if Griffin is still writing, or if Butterworth has taken over. Either way, it is most likely my last purchase of a book in this series; especially if it is co-authored.
JudyA-VancUSA More than 1 year ago
I have read all the Badge of Honor books and the Presidential series books. This is the worst - the others were great!!! This was like, "Oh, it's time to meet the publisher's deadline. No matter I am not really finished!!" The plot was one dimentional and the characters boring. The dialoge was also boring. Didn't tell us what happened with the Badde storyline, what happened to the school principal's granddaughter or her friends who brought the killer in. Just NOT FINISHED!!!
none0 More than 1 year ago
After reading this latest book in the Badge of Honor series, it was apparent that Griffin, III has bowed out and turned the writing over to his son. It was also apparent that the son hasn't really read the earlier books in the series or, he decided to deliberately ignore some of the more important aspects of the prior books and change things. If there is a book #11 in the series, I for one, will pass.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a big fan of the Badge of Honor series. This book missed the mark set by the others in the series. Did you forget your formula for sucessful books? This book is a new low, I was very disapointed. I own all of this series along with a most of the others. You had me hooked with the Lutenets, but since it has become a writing team each book is worse then the last. I would give you less stars if I could.
flalad1717 More than 1 year ago
It was nice to see the story line get back to the personal life of Sgt Payne. However in the earlier (WEB 3) stories there was much more in depth coverage. Though not nearly as bad as the ending of the earlier volume, I still got the impression that this was written with a deadline approaching. I would like to know what is going on with the existing characters (family, friends and co-workers) rather than introducing new people that only pass through the plot. Since I have read all of WEB's books to date I will continue to buy those coming in the future but still long for the feeling of getting to know the characters as friends.
Walter Chapman More than 1 year ago
If you want a tour of the City of Philadelphia along with a description of city government then this is the book for you but, if you are looking for an excitiing fictional novel like Mr. Griffin"s novels use to be this is not the book for you
Qivliq More than 1 year ago
Not the usual fare for Griffin. The detail was lacking from the story and it seemed to just end quickly.
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