Jim S. (Austin, TX)
Crime of Privilage
George Becket, now an attorney in the district attorney office of Cape Cod, had "friends" and friends of friends while growing up. Some of these friends were part of a wealthy and privileged family, the Gregory's.
Two young women, one from Cape Cod, the other visiting south Florida were involved with the family and friends. One committed suicide, the other was murdered.
George, years later, is tasked with the job of finding who murdered the woman. The problems he deals with appear monumental due to the Senator's powerful influence. The investigation takes him to Europe, Hawaii, and Central America.
The plot and characters were good but sometimes confusing. Overall I enjoyed the book although at times it was slow going.
Steve B. (Spring, TX)
Cover up of a Crime by the Privileged.
This is a gripping mystery of crimes perhaps committed by a family of wealth and privilege. A young assistant prosecutor, who witnessed one of the crimes when he was a college student, is the one trying to pursue justice. His path is encumbered at every step by those beholden to the powerful Cape Cod dynasty. He is relentless in his pursuit and appears to have solved the murder mystery but is thwarted in his attempt to bring the perpetrator to justice. Even though the victim of the murder is the daughter of another rich and powerful man, the prosecutor is made aware that the justice system is not always blind when political influence is involved.
Amy W. (Annapolis, MD)
Could Have Been Better
If I could give half stars I would give this book 3.5 stars I would. I really wanted to love this book. It started out really promising, I liked the narrators voice, and was glad the reader was able to find out the details of the Palm Beach sexual assault. The first half of the book really held my attention and I had difficulty putting it down because I wanted to find out what happened next. Unfortunately, it took a little too long to get to the end. I thought it was a little far fetched that Kendrick Powell's family would keep tabs on George that many years later. I just wanted George to shout at Andrews, "For goodness sake, I was just a kid!- I am not in the Gregory's pocket, and am not involved in any cover up!"
That being said, I did like the ending and would recommend this book for someone who is a fan of John Grishman and David Baldacchi.
Lorraine R. (Southampton, NY)
Crime of Privilege
An entertaining investigative crime novel that exposes the abuses of power among wealthy and politically connected families. The protagonist is a lawyer who for much of his life has hidden from the fact that he protected his wealthy college friends from being prosecuted for a crime of rape. Now, years later, another crime involving this family occurs and he is again being asked to consider his loyalty vs. his values. He elects to investigate the murder of a young girl and this takes him on a journey into the past. Filled with many twists and turns, this crime novel was a fun read. At the same time, it exposed the abuse of power that occurs when families believe themselves to be above the law.
Carolyn A. (Sarasota, FL)
reluctant mystery reader!
Reading mysteries is not my forte, but this book was a winner! Walter Walker brings the reader into his book through the education and enlightenment of George Becket, a young, naive, assistant district attorney. The twists and turns of the rich and powerful who thwart the investigations, while controlling the lives of those involved in the cold case of a young woman's murder keep the tempo of this story moving at top speed, from the first page to the last. This book is rich with conversations for any book club. This book is one the reader will reach for at every possible moment to keep reading, as George finds the solution not only where his life is going but the crime that has been committed.
Marjorie W. (Bonita Springs, FL)
Crime of Privilege
What a good story!! Could not put it down from page one to the end! Poor George Beckett - he was caught from his first instance of weakness in 1996 at that Florida house party until 2008. George is an assistant DA assigned DUI cases when father of a murdered girl comes to him with evidence. Evidence that is being ignored by the police and DA's office. Lots of intrigue - the title describes the crime(s). As the reader I felt pity, annoyance, and disgust for his initial spinelessness and finally redemption for him. I think this book would generate good book club discussion and will certainly recommend it to my book club.
Ilene R. (Northfield, IL)
A great legal thriller...
I loved this book! It's a legal thriller but so much more. I liked that not everything is "black and white". The characters are flawed. The hero of the book, George Becket, is living with a lapse in judgement from his past. The book is about his journey to rectify that lapse that has followed him for years. I wasn't able to put this book down. You will be on the edge of your seat! A great read!