Homicide Sergeant Matthew Payne is used to murder, but lately there's been an awful lot of it in Philadelphia. A gangland shooting in a popular tourist location has left six dead, most of them innocent bystanders, and days later the body of a headless Latina turns up in the Schuykill River. Everybody assumes they're not related, but Payne cant shake the hunch that theres something more to itand that hunch leads him far from the City of Brotherly Love to the TexasMexico border. There, he finds a world where the lines of law and order are murkier than he ever imagined possible, and the daily question is "O Plato o Plomo?" Silver or lead. Cash or death.
Which will Matt Payne take? Or will he just go home, glad to be alive .... ?
Filled with authentic color and detail, this is a riveting novel of the men and women who put their lives on the line, from the cop on the beat to the commissioner himself. Its a story of fears, dangers, courage, loyalty, and genuine heroism: storytelling at its best.
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"Sophomoric, jokey dialogue and intrusive author lectures will lead many readers to tire of the whole business long before the evildoer receives his just and expected reward." - Publishers Weekly
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W.E.B. Griffin (William E. Butterworth III) is
the author of thirty-six epic novels in six series, all of which have been
listed on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly
and other best-seller lists. More than forty million of his books are in print
in more than ten languages, including Hebrew, Chinese, Japanese, and Hungarian.
Mr. Griffin grew up in the suburbs of New York City and Philadelphia. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1946. After basic training, he received counterintelligence training at Fort Holabird, Maryland and was assigned ultimately to the staff of then-Major General I.D. White, commander of the U.S. Constabulary.
In 1951, Mr. Griffin was recalled to active duty for the Korean War, interrupting his education at ...
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