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True Blue by David Baldacci

True Blue

by David Baldacci

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[True Blue] by David Baldacci

Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything-her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform. But even with her police chief sister on her side, she has to work in the shadows: A vindictive U.S. attorney is looking for any reason to send Mace back behind bars. Then Roy Kingman enters her life. Roy is a young lawyer who aided the poor until he took a high-paying job at a law firm in Washington. Mace and Roy meet after he discovers the dead body of a female partner at the firm. As they investigate the death, they start uncovering surprising secrets from both the private and public world of the nation's capital.

Soon, what began as a fairly routine homicide takes a terrifying and unexpected turn-into something complex, diabolical, and possibly lethal.

It's fast moving and entertaining. Anyone that has read many of David Baldacci's books know that he will always deliver intricate plotting for the good guys to take on the bad guys. I admit that I didn't understand...or even try to understand all the financial intrigue. That was one of the things that lost the book a higher rating. I also didn't find the book "character driven" like most of his other books. Mace was not very likable nor did she use very good sense in making some discussions....but then neither did some of the other characters coming to think of it. Overall...the story was just okay but not up to Baldacci's usual offereng. ( )
  Carol420 | Sep 12, 2017 |
True Blue felt formulaic to me: an ex-cop, who happens to be the sister of a female police chief, is released from prison after serving her sentence for a crime she didn't commit. She has to either prove her innocence or solve a big case to make it back on the force. Sister chief doesn't want her working the latest murder case when an attorney is found dead, locked in a refrigerator at her law office. But the the ex-cop sister tags along anyway, meets a guy, who becomes her partner for the rest of the book. They encounter twists, turns, thugs, betrayal, hit men and a hit woman, yadda, yadda. Oh, and the government is behind the big crime/mystery/mayhem in the book. Who else, right? It's because we have overreacted to 9-11 and we overprice and over-protect, leaving a trail of dead American citizens. Right. Sure we do. The dialog is mostly good. The action keep moving along, though it did drag a bit about 3/4th the way through, and miraculously there was no sex scene and less language than most other crime thrillers, so there are those positives. ( )
  BrannonSG | Jan 7, 2017 |
Mace was a DC cop who lost everything when she was convicted of a crime that she didn't commit. Now that she is out of jail, she wants her badge back - but, to get it she must find out who set her up. Another solid Baldacci book that has fun characters, a well told story and just enough detail to keep the book moving along. ( )
  sunnydrk | Aug 24, 2016 |
Former cop Mace Perry teams up with lawyer Roy Kingman to solve a captivating double murder involving Diane Tolliver, Roy's colleague at a private law firm and Jamie Malden, a powerful U.S. attorney known for previously defending mobsters. The action is set in the dark underworld of Washington D.C., full of criminals and politicians holding their own sets of agendas with danger lurking at every corner in the streets.

Mace Perry has just gotten out of jail after serving two years for a crime she never committed and being stripped of her police credentials in the process. She accepts a lucrative offer to serve as wealthy Professor Altman's research assistant, but will do anything to be given a chance to become a cop again--even risk her own life to solve the case that has formally been assigned to her sister, police Chief Beth Perry.

There were a lot of unpredictable turns in the plot, such as when the police are told they're not authorized to investigate Malden's murder despite his high status as a prosecutor, and several plot sequences happening behind-the-scenes where Baldacci actually shows the bad guys spying and planning to kill Mace with Roy, which eventually help piece together the mystery. Baldacci also questions whether, in some cases, the doings of criminals or politicians are above the law. Overall, this was a quick and riveting read. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |

I had read a few books by David Baldacci, and thought they were OK, but this book disappointed me a bit.

The 'strong' female main character -who's only just released out of prison after being convicted for murder - is just so annoying!

The story itself, wasn't really anything special either. I must have read multiple books like this, and in the end it al become a bit of a blur. ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
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"True Blue" is an absorbing thriller with a powerful message, but readers are most likely to remember it for its superbly appealing protagonist. Perry is smart and street-tough, and her eye for the telling detail in an investigation is unerring. Let's hope she appears in a new Baldacci title soon. From a reader's perspective, it could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
Baldacci deftly ties [the] storylines together with a well-written and complex plot that will keep readers guessing at every turn. Hopefully, Mace and Roy will have an opportunity to turn up in a future Baldacci novel, as he has truly created some thoroughly engaging characters his fans will want to see more of.
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A former Washington D.C. police cop out to prove herself and a young lawyer from aprestigious law firm meet after he discovers the dead body of a female partner at the firm. As they investigate the death, they start uncovering surprising secrets from both the private and public world of the nation's capital--and what began as a fairly routine homicide takes a terrifying and unexpected turn into something complex, diabolical, and possibly lethal.… (more)

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