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Final justice
W. E. B. Griffin
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From Publishers' Weekly:

If God is truly in the details, then Griffin must be the pope of police procedurals. Want to know what paragraph of the Pennsylvania Criminal Code you violate if you use a flashing blue light attached to your car to get through traffic? Or what the chances are of a patrolman or detective passing the Philadelphia Police Department's exam for promotion to sergeant? Or what happens to the badge worn on the chest of an officer killed in action, after the funeral? All of this-and much, much more-is revealed in the eighth data-heavy entry in Griffin's Badge of Honor series (The Murderers, The Investigators, etc.). What's even more amazing is that all these factoids don't slow down the story's considerable momentum for a minute. Nor do they keep Griffin's gritty cops from convincing us of their individuality. Matt Payne, a detective with the Philadelphia police force, has just been promoted and transferred to Homicide. The cases he gets during his first few days at the post are a rich mix of mayhem entangling all strata of Philadelphia society: an apparently simple shooting in a fast food outlet that turns out to be almost unsolvable; a savage rape and murder with some serious anti-cop political overtones; an extradition case involving a fugitive murderer from France; and, for comic relief, the supervision of a visiting movie star who wants to make his police pictures more authentic. What holds it all together is Griffin's infectious respect for and fascination with police work. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

While perhaps better known for his series of military novels ("Brotherhood of War," "Men at War"), the extremely prolific Griffin also writes the "Badge of Honor" series, which deals with police work. As with the earlier "Honor" novels, his eighth title is set in Philadelphia, and the brash, bright, and wealthy detective Matt Payne emerges as the series' central character. There are multiple criminals to catch, including a cop killer, a serial rapist, and a murderer hiding in France. In addition, Payne has a movie star to protect and a confused love life to untangle. Griffin, who seems to know his police procedures and internal politics, has written yet another crime novel that, while somewhat predictable (the good guys always win), is both enlightening and hugely entertaining. Griffin's many fans will not be disappointed, although a newcomer to the series will have to pay attention to catch up. For all popular fiction collections. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 9/1/02.]-Robert Conroy, Warren, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Promoted and transferred to Homicide; investigating the murder of a kitchen supervisor and a cop at a fast-food restaurant; also investigating a rape-murder case; tracking down a suspect who has fled the country leaving behind a trunk containing the mummified body of his girlfriend.
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