Audiobook, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

True Blue by David Baldacci

True Blue
Mace Perry is a former Washington DC cop who was just released from prison after a two-year stint. She was set up while undercover and is now looking to restore her reputation and find a way to return to a force she loved serving. Oh, and her older sister, Beth, is the police chief whose reputation she needs to protect in the meantime. When Mace accompanies her to the crime scene of a high powered attorney who was found murdered on the law firm’s premises by colleague Roy Kingman, she begins looking into things on her own in a desperate attempt to solve a big case that will put her on the path back to her old job.

Mace is an interesting character who decides to question Roy on her own but ends up teaming with him when they begin to uncover odd clues related to the murdered attorney. Things are often dangerous as they soon become targets of a conspiracy being perpetrated within the highest levels of the government. She doesn’t want to use Beth’s resources as her determination to solve the case on her own clouded her sensibilities and judgment throughout. She and Roy are almost polar opposites in temperament and he often provides some balance. But most of the time, she’s unrestrained in her recklessness.

I’m a big fan of the author, particularly of his Amos Decker & Atlee Pine series. This is an older story that I read with one of my Goodreads groups. We all liked the story but it wasn’t on the same level as those books. Mace was an interesting character but for someone trying to get back on the police force, she broke a lot of laws in the pursuit. The conspiracy was pretty obvious though there was a surprise or two at the end. I listened to the story and Ron McLarty made everything better. Baldacci also uses sound effects to elevate the action and, in my opinion, it enhances the listening experience. Even though this won’t be a favorite, it is still a good, exciting story I enjoyed.

Book Info

  • Release Date: October 27, 2009
  • Narrator: Ron McLarty
  • Audio Length: 14 hours, 2 minutes
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio



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12 thoughts on “True Blue by David Baldacci”

  1. I haven’t read a Baldacci thriller in, oh, decades. But this does sound like his style a wronged person looking for redemption and it’s always a couple thrown together by circumstances. Tried and tested but generic maybe?

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    1. His new stuff is so different, which is what I’m more familiar with, especially Atlee Pines. There were just too many requests to suspend belief for this one to be rated higher. I did read the first book in The Camel Club and there were some whiffs of similarity, though.


      1. I think I read two and they were too similar for me, like he was writing to a formula which is why I never read any more of his stuff. It didn’t really excite me.


  2. Fantastic review! I haven’t read this one but I have read the Atlee Pine and John Puller series so far. Since you recommend Amos Decker maybe I will go there next.

    Anne – Books of My Heart

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  3. I’ve only read a couple of his earlier books and thought they were pretty good but not great. I’ve heard his newer series are much better though so thinking I should give him another try. Glad you still enjoyed this one even if it wasn’t a favorite.


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