True Blue Hardcover – Oct 27 2009
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"Fast-paced and entertaining."―Kirkus on TRUE BLUE
"[Baldacci] delivers his usual intricate plotting and sets the stage nicely for highly competent Beth and impulsive, streetwise Mace to take on more bad guys."
―Publishers Weekly on TRUE BLUE
"Baldacci has proven his ability to write well-paced thrillers that combine crime and politics in locations ranging from mean streets to opulent mansions."
―Booklist on TRUE BLUE --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at www.david-baldacci.com and his foundation at www.wishyouwellfoundation.org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.
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I chose to listen to True Blue.
Mace Perry was a cop's cop on the DC force. Until she was kidnapped and forced to participate in robberies. She went down for two years. Newly released from prison, she returns to DC, determined to clear her name. Her sister Beth is the chief of police. In her first few days out, she becomes involved with a young lawyer, Roy, who discovers a female attorney's body at his office. Mace can't help herself - she was born to be a cop. She dives in, working outside the law with Roy to solve the case. She hopes it will get her reinstated. Others are hoping she fails and are willing to make sure that happens.
A mystery, legal and action thriller all rolled into one with lots of action. Yes, the characters of Mace and her sister Beth are a little over the top, but if you're looking for an entertaining read or listen, this is a good bet.
I was thrilled that Ron McLarty was the reader again. His voice is slightly gravelly and rich. He easily portrays the female Mace character and male roles with enough difference that you know who is 'talking'. His inflection is excellent and his voice effortlessly describes action and emotion.
Baldacci introduces what appears to be a new series of characters starring Mace and Beth Perry, who are sisters. Beth is the older one and Chief of Police in Washington, DC. Mace is the street smart, younger sister, who, as a DC cop, became known as the Patty Hearst of the 21st century, having been framed, convicted, and sentenced to prison for some things she did against her will. Having served her time, the disgraced Mace is now hell bent on vindicating herself. After all, she just wants to be back on the beat.
The plot, though somewhat convoluted, is certainly action packed, and Mace and her sister are likeable characters. Still, there is an almost cartoon-like quality about the plot, as it is so over the top at times. Moreover, the secondary characters tend to be somewhat two dimensional, as there is little character development. For the most part, the characters tend to speak in clichés, though the fast-paced repartee between Mace and the other characters tends to be humorous.
If the author were to craft another novel with these two main characters, I would certainly give it a whirl, even if the plot and action were, once again, a bit over the top.
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
-- Proverbs 27:6
Mace Perry is the sister of the D.C. chief of police who hovers over Mace like a guardian angel as she seeks to regain her reputation and ability to be a cop again. Mace has a problem: She's hyperactive and can't keep from meddling into police matters. That problem leads to danger when deaths turn out to have government connections that threaten law and order.
I wanted to like Mace, but she didn't fully come alive for me. That was a big strike against this book. Having her be the sister of the chief of police seemed too far fetched as the story developed. That was the second strike against the book. In the end, there was a predictable moral muddle of the sort that many thriller writers include in D.C.-based books. I didn't feel rewarded for making it through to the end.
The book's premise is a pretty interesting one: a framed police officer ends up going to jail and comes out young enough to want to go back into police work. Like the premise, the plot has many interesting elements. But in the writing, there's a minimal attempt to develop each point. It's as though the author was on a deadline and didn't have time to do much rewriting to enrich areas that were skimpy.
Unless you feel like you need to read every word that David Baldacci writes, I suggest you skip this book and read one of his earlier books instead.
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The book wasn't as engaging as I would have liked, I lost interest in it, the price was right thoughPublished 4 months ago by West Coast Mom
I love all David Baldacci's book. I really enjoyed this one. I just wish there was a sequel to it. I was left with the feeling that the story was not finished.Published 6 months ago by Colette Dupuis