Friday, August 6, 2010

Page 30: True Blue

OK, this is the second book in a row  I have 'read' in audio format.  However, my Kindle is not languishing unused.  I am reading another book on the device and even have a real hardcover book waiting in line.  I must confess, though, I like listening to books from while I am doing other things around the house that don't require any concentration.  My favorite device is my very portable iPod Touch that now has a great Audible app.

True Blue by David Baldacci is the first book in a new series that features the Perry sisters.  Beth is the DC Chief of Police and her sister Mace has just been released from prison after being framed for crimes she did not commit.  The book is typical Baldacci.  There is plenty of action, a fast-paced plot, good characters and government conspiracy aplenty.

Mace is trying to get her old job back on the DC police force, but as a convicted felon it is a stretch that it will every happen.  Her sister has been watching Mace's back while in prison and finds a job for her as a research assistant to a professor at Georgetown.  It is an understatement to say that Mace is a loose cannon, and does not like people telling her what to do including her sister.  This adds to the story line and makes it much more interesting.  Mace teams up with a lawyer from a Georgetown law firm to help solve a murder.  Roy, the lawyer, is the one who finds a colleague in the break room fridge.  So much for Roy's motivation.  Mace just wants to solve a high profile crime in order to get her old job back.

This may not be the best book David Baldacci has written, but it is good just the same.  If you like thrillers, plot surprises, non-stop action, and believable characters this is the book for you.  As usual here are a couple of reviews.

The first is from Publisher's Weekly

"This promising first in a new series from bestseller Baldacci (First Family) introduces Beth Perry, chief of the District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police, and Beth's younger sister, Mace Perry, a former police officer dubbed the Patty Hearst of the twenty-first century after she was seized by bandits, drugged and taken along on a series of armed robberies around Washington. Mace, who's just getting out of prison after serving a two-year sentence, is willing to risk everything to clear her name and reclaim her life as a cop by cracking a big case on her own. The rape-murder of a powerful lawyer as well as the killing of a prominent U.S. attorney provide Mace an opportunity to vindicate herself. While Baldacci draws his characters in bright primary colors, and some of the action reaches comic book proportions, he delivers his usual intricate plotting and sets the stage nicely for highly competent Beth and impulsive, streetwise Mace to take on more bad guys. (Oct. 27)" 
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This review is from Amazon

"Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything-her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform. But even with her police chief sister on her side, she has to work in the shadows: A vindictive U.S. attorney is looking for any reason to send Mace back behind bars. Then Roy Kingman enters her life.

Roy is a young lawyer who aided the poor until he took a high-paying job at a law firm in Washington. Mace and Roy meet after he discovers the dead body of a female partner at the firm. As they investigate the death, they start uncovering surprising secrets from both the private and public world of the nation's capital.

Soon, what began as a fairly routine homicide takes a terrifying and unexpected turn-into something complex, diabolical, and possibly lethal."

If you like thrillers and have never read David Baldacci, try this book.  I think you will be checking out the web for more of his work.  Enjoy.

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