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