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Title:
The investigators : a badge of honor novel
Author:
Griffin, W. E. B.
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Publication Information:
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1997.
Physical Description:
408 pages ; 24 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780399143083
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Summary

Summary

Special Operations detective Matt Payne and his colleagues find themselves drawn into two dangerous cases simultaneously as an ongoing investigation into a squad of dirty cops turns deadly and a chance encounter at a party leads Payne to a woman who may hold the key to a gang of urban terrorists.


Author Notes

W. E. B. Griffin is one of eight pseudonyms used by William E. Butterworth III, who was born in Newark, New Jersey on November 10, 1929. He enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private in 1946 and was assigned to the Army of Occupation in Germany. He left the service in 1947 but was recalled to active duty in 1951 because of the Korean War. After leaving the service for the second time, he remained in Korea as a combat correspondent. He was later appointed chief of the publications division of the Signal Aviation Test and Support Activity at the Army Aviation Center in Fort Rucker, Alabama. He received the Brigadier General Robert L. Dening Memorial Distinguished Service Award of the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association in 1991 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars News Media Award in 1999.

He wrote more than 200 books including the Brotherhood of War series, The Corps series, Badge of Honor series, Honor Bound series, Presidential Agent series, Men at War series, and A Clandestine Operations Novel series. Under his own name, he wrote 12 sequels in the 1970s to Richard Hooker's book M*A*S*H. His other pen names included Alex Baldwin, Webb Beech, and Walter E. Blake. He wrote over 20 books with his son William E. Butterworth IV. He received the Alabama Author's Award in 1982 from the Alabama Library Association. He died on February 12, 2019 at the age of 89.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In a just literary world, Griffin's turgid manuscripts of men and guns would molder in a basement corner unread and unlamented. But, inexplicably, they appear between hard covers and, in the past, have ascended the best-seller lists. Whatever the explanation for Griffin's popularity, enumerating the points of sheer badness of this particular script will deter neither its publication nor its likely success. However, consider a few: glaring breaks in continuity such as the appearance of telephone answering machines and GM Suburbans in a story set in April 1968; with the murder of Martin Luther King in the background of a story set in a big northeastern city, no allusion--even for atmospherics' sake--to riots that erupted following that crime; and the absurdity of having the hero address a soon-to-be-bedded woman as "fair maiden." The bare-bones plot sends Griffin's cast of Philadelphia's finest after two criminal groups: bad apples in the narcotics squad and animal-rights terrorists. The two investigations come together in the person of Matt Payne, detective. At a high-society party, Payne falls for Susan Reynolds, a pretty, naive do-gooder. While tracking the money trail of the corrupt cops, Payne wheedles out of Reynolds admissions about her connections with the bombers. Plain old police work then rolls up all the bad guys, clearing the stage for the return of Griffin's stick figures in the inevitable sequel. Recommended only to meet demand. --Gilbert Taylor


Publisher's Weekly Review

The seventh in Griffin's cop-oriented Badge of Honor series (after The Murderers), this fast-paced, clever thriller puts wealthy, wisecracking Philadelphia detective Matt Payne in hot water up to his neck. As assistant to the head of the Special Operations Division of the Philly PD, young Matt, the department's golden boy, has never walked a beat, but the media love him for his quick-trigger work in dropping two murderers with a couple of snappy headshots. Matt's new case begins when a cop's widow fingers some dirty doings in a highly successful narc unit and, at the same time, the narcs earn the wrath of Philly's mob boss, Vincenzo Savarese (a grandfather who has not forgotten the importance of a woman's honor). In a side plot, Matt is assisting the FBI in its pursuit of an animal-rights terrorist group. "Assisting" means, in part, charming beautiful social worker‘and suspected terrorist‘Susan Reynolds; before he knows it, Matt is tragically lovestruck and up to his handcuffs in stolen money and felony charges that could put him in jail. As usual in Griffin's police procedurals, there's more going on here than in a three-ringed circus. Even readers wearied by Griffin's other, rather plodding series (Brotherhood of War, about soldiers, and The Corps, about marines) will enjoy this intricate, witty, tightly wrapped tale of cops on the job. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Book 7 of Griffin's "Badge of Honor" series continues the saga of the Philadelphia Police Department, focusing once again on the Special Operations unit. Detective Matt Payne is sent to Harrisburg to gather evidence against a narcotics unit that is suspected of stealing from the very people whom they have arrested. Payne is also working with the FBI in its attempt to locate several terrorists who, in 1968, blew up a scientific laboratory, killing 11 people. While walking in the footsteps of law-enforcement officers, Griffin gives a clear picture of what it is like to be a police officer, how police officers think, how politicians bring pressure to bear on their actions, and how the justice system works. Everything Griffin writes immediately goes on the best sellers lists, mainly because he tells such richly detailed stories using a huge, engaging cast of characters who by this time will have become old friends to many readers‘and this book is no exception.‘Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Heights-University Heights P.L., Ohio (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.