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The Last Witness

Book 11, Badge of Honor

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The dramatic new novel in the Philadelphia police saga by the #1 New York Times–bestselling author.

For Philadelphia homicide detective Matt Payne, the news from an old law-enforcement friend sends a shiver down his spine: a connection between the Mexican drug cartels and the Russian mob.

Russian girls are being smuggled in to work in the sex trade, and now some of them are dying or just disappearing. The trail leads right to Philadelphia—where Payne learns that’s not all. It isn’t just Russian girls who are vanishing. Teenage girls are being lured from foster homes. Police department sources are turning up dead. The lone living witness has gone into hiding, with everybody—the Russians, the cartels, some of Philadelphia’s most powerful politicians—all looking for her. It’s up to Payne to find her—and hope he gets to her first.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jun 24, 2013 – 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.

Customer Reviews

The Last Witness

The worst, too many different characters, what 3 or 4 plot lines, superficial plot and character development, jumbled, to much jumping around, give me the old W E B. This one was a BIG WASTE of time and money.

Thought Jr was getting the hang of it, but was wrong

This book is more like an episode in a soap opera than what I expect from a W.E.B. Griffin novel, lots of story elements that are left unresolved until some future date/episodes. The conclusion was along the lines of “Uh-oh, I only have five pages left to go, so I better just slap an ending on the main story line and not worry about anything else!” Ever since fils started takin voer from pere, this series has suffered the most, starting with a 35-year time jump, retaining (most of) the same characters, but moving them without any aging from the 1970s to the 21st century. At the rate this is going, it’s going to take four or five more books just to cover what would have been dealt with in one novel by the “real” W.E.B. Griffin III. On the book scale, I gave it a 3-star, but if graded on a GriffinRatingScale, I would give it 1 star (at most), but it demonstrates that the worst Griffin book, which this contends for, is still at least average on a general rating scale.

Not up to par

A Griffin fan I am is an understatement. Over the many Griffin books, I was thrilled the father/son team produced consistent, faithful to characters work. Of the over 30 books in my Griffin collection, this is a story of rich boy succeeds where the story continuity absolutely falls apart. This falls far short of W E B Griffins intricate and thoroughly cohesive plots. My hope is that the team makes a huge effort to return to higher standards for their next book.

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The Last Witness
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Police Procedural
  • Published: Aug 06, 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 11, Badge of Honor
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