The Last Witness
Book 11, Badge of Honor
W. E. B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth IV
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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
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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.
- 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