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Crime of Privilege: A Novel by Walter Walker

Crime of Privilege: A Novel (original 2013; edition 2013)

by Walter Walker

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Title:Crime of Privilege: A Novel
Authors:Walter Walker
Info:Ballantine Books (2013), Hardcover, 432 pages
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Crime of Privilege by Walter Walker (2013)



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What an unmitigated mess this book is. I am not sure whether to blame the authors I have read lately for not having a single original thought, or if I need to blame myself for picking such lousy books to read, but this book was awful. Much like [b:Schroder|15018713|Schroder|Amity Gaige|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1340468250s/15018713.jpg|20673281] is a blatant ripoff of the Clark Rockefeller case, this atrocity is a wholesale ripoff of the William Kennedy Smith and Michael Skakel rape and murder cases respectively. The writing is pedestrian, the "characters" (I put this in quotes because it is so easy to spot the real people who are indeed not fictional characters)were one-dimensional and this book had absolutely no plot. Hated it, couldn't wait to be finished with it. For the love of all that is holy, I beg the publishing community to stop pawning off "novels" which are simple retelling of true-life events done poorly and with the gall to claim they are literary accomplishments. ( )
  Maureen_McCombs | Aug 19, 2016 |
Having grown up in Massachusetts in a time when the Kennedy family was revered by many, i'd wanted to read this book for awhile, before i ever got a copy. Shades of the dynasty are throughout the book....Will Smiths rape trial in Florida, the Skakel murder sensation in CT. (i think that's where it took place), the family compound on the Cape.... Add a few more sleazy characters and change the times and dates and voila!

This story however revolves around a fringe character- not family and not quite a friend. There is manipulation and sabotage, cover-ups and of course- money.

So sure, if interested give it a whirl. You just might feel like you need to wash your hands afterwards....
  linda.marsheells | Jun 4, 2014 |
The Gregory family is a rich and famous family of a Massachusetts senator. That sounds familiar for some reason. Anyway there was a rape in Florida and a murder on Cape Cod. Was it a Gregory behind these crimes or were they just convenient scapegoats? Do they think privilege is their right? Is there an elaborate coverup? Along the way there are plenty of twists and turns and travels around the globe tracking down the people who were at the Gregory compound the night of the murder. I couldn't wait to find out who did it and if and how justice was served. IMHO Walter Walker is a wonderful writer.
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. ( )
  jwood652 | Sep 28, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
George Becket, attorney at law, works for the Cape Cod District Attorney's office. He's always lived on the Cape, and moved at the edge of the wealthy summer people, making a few friends among them here and there. Well, "friends" may be too strong a word. He made acquaintances and connections, among them the Gregorys, an influential highly-visible political family, and these connections eased his way somewhat, but George was never really part of the inner circle. He was a "townie", so how important could he be, really?

Those acquaintances and connections, though, landed him in the wrong place at the wrong time once upon a time. A young woman died after a party held at the Gregorys' house, a memory George repressed until years later when the woman's father asked him to reopen the case. Out of guilt, he agrees. And steps into a web of lies, misdirections, and leads which have poor George gallivanting all over creation and inevitably point right back to a scion of the Gregory clan.

This novel brings to mind -- deliberately, I suspect -- a similar real life case in which a Kennedy cousin was accused (and, in fact, convicted) of murdering a young woman when he was a teenager. Not a bad premise for a book, and an excellent way of poking a stick in the hornet's nest without being sued for libel. But whether any of the incidents novelized here have further real-life correlations is for someone more interested in such things to research. I'm just here to read the story.

And it's a decent story. Reasonably well-written, nicely characterized, somewhat far-fetched in George's manic travels in search of evidence and corroborating statements: from Massachusetts to Idaho, Hawaii, Costa Rica, France, New York, and back in rapid succession. But, for someone like me who has read countless legal procedurals, it's utterly predictable. Oh, you'll find a couple of eyebrow-raisers and a red herring or two, but there are no real surprises. Which is not necessarily a bad thing for a beach novel.

Thank you to LibraryThing's Early Reviewers for the opportunity to read this book. ( )
  avanta7 | Sep 13, 2013 |
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In the tradition of Scott Turow, William Landay, and Nelson DeMille, Crime of Privilege is a stunning thriller about power, corruption, and the law in America—and the dangerous ways they come together.
A murder on Cape Cod. A rape in Palm Beach.
All they have in common is the presence of one of America’s most beloved and influential families. But nobody is asking questions. Not the police. Not the prosecutors. And certainly not George Becket, a young lawyer toiling away in the basement of the Cape & Islands district attorney’s office. George has always lived at the edge of power. He wasn’t born to privilege, but he understands how it works and has benefitted from it in ways he doesn’t like to admit. Now, an investigation brings him deep inside the world of the truly wealthy—and shows him what a perilous place it is.
Years have passed since a young woman was found brutally slain at an exclusive Cape Cod golf club, and no one has ever been charged. Cornered by the victim’s father, George can’t explain why certain leads were never explored—leads that point in the direction of a single family—and he agrees to look into it.
What begins as a search through the highly stratified layers of Cape Cod society, soon has George racing from Idaho to Hawaii, Costa Rica to France to New York City. But everywhere he goes he discovers people like himself: people with more secrets than answers, people haunted by a decision years past to trade silence for protection from life’s sharp edges. George finds his friends are not necessarily still friends and a spouse can be unfaithful in more ways than one. And despite threats at every turn, he is driven to reconstruct the victim’s last hours while searching not only for a killer but for his own redemption.

Advance praise for Crime of Privilege
Crime of Privilege is not only a first-class legal thriller, it is an astute examination of our society and how we are corrupted by power and money. The rich are indeed different; they get away with murder. An absolutely engrossing read from beginning to end. Not only is it a well told story of crime and punishment, but also a finely nuanced tale of sin and redemption.”—Nelson DeMille
Crime of Privilege is wonderfully written, and Walter Walker has a great talent, the God-given kind that can’t be taught or learned or acquired, and the reader knows it from the first paragraph of the book. The characters are complex and interesting yet also emblematic of all the players in the class war, which is the stuff of all epic stories. I love the protagonist, and I also love the portrayal of the world of the very rich. There is something about the very rich that is hard to describe, but Walter Walker got them in the camera’s lens perfectly.”—James Lee Burke
“A gripping, chilling tale that pits privilege against pride, with a not-entirely-innocent man caught in the untenable middle.”—Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:06:27 -0400)

Pitted against a powerful family when he reopens the scandalous case of a young woman's unsolved murder, George Becket is forced to confront a haunting mistake from his own past while outmaneuvering wealth-driven corruption.

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