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.
Baldacci is either taking a break from his best-selling Sean King-Michelle Maxwell and Camel Club series to write a stand-alone thriller or testing the waters for another new series. Washington, D.C., cop Mace Perry served two years in jail after the drug dealers she was investigating turned the tables, drugging her and making her participate in armed robberies. Now, tagging along at a murder scene with her sister, Beth, the chief of police, Mace decides to earn her way back onto the force by solving the crime. Attorney Roy Kingman, the man who found the corpse, becomes her unlikely partner. Unfortunately, the deceased knew something for which an intelligence agency was willing to kill to protect and now Mace and Roy are in the crosshairs, too. Baldacci has proven his ability to write well-paced thrillers that combine crime and politics in locations ranging from mean streets to opulent mansions. The diminutive yet die-hard Mace, however, is so hard-charging as to be hard to like, and a subplot about a rich guy who hires her to recruit poor people for a life-changing internship feels gratuitous. Our credulity is tested, too: Would a police chief visit so many crime scenes? Would a bad guy play basketball to decide the heroes' fate? Readers' enjoyment may hinge on their desire for last-minute rescues and neatly tied endings, where the snarling villain is vanquished in public.--Graff, Keir Copyright 2009 Booklist
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Publisher's Weekly Review
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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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Library Journal Review
Baldacci's (www.david-baldacci.com) 18th novel introduces Washington, DC, Chief of Police Beth Perry and her sister, Mace Perry, a former narcotics detective just out of prison for armed robbery who is determined to get her badge back and prove her worth as a detective. Though occasionally actor/writer Ron McLarty's (www.ronmclarty.com) narration makes it difficult to distinguish certain characters, this does not greatly detract from the excitement of Baldacci's story or inhibit comprehension. For Bal-dacci fans and the mystery/thriller collections of all libraries. [The New York Times best-selling Grand Central hc was "highly recommended for readers who love fast-paced thrillers and rooting for an underdog," LJ Xpress Reviews, 10/16/09.-Ed.]-Ilka Gordon, Siegal Coll. of Judaic Studies Lib., Cleveland (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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David Baldacci was born in Richmond, Virginia on August 5, 1960. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. He practiced law in Washington D.C. as a trial and corporate lawyer.
His first novel, Absolute Power, was published in 1996. It won Britain's prestigious W.H. Smith's Thumping Good Read award for fiction in 1997 and was adapted as a movie starring Clint Eastwood. His other works include Total Control, The Winner, The Simple Truth, Saving Faith, True Blue, and One Summer. He writes numerous series including King and Maxwell, Freddy and the French Fries, the Camel Club, Will Robie, Shaw and Katie James, John Puller, Vega Jane, and Amos Decker. He also published a novella entitled Office Hours and has authored five original screenplays.
(Bowker Author Biography)