Book Review: True Blue by David Baldacci

A mysterious high-profile homicide in the nation's capital collides with the dark side of national security in David Baldacci's new, heart-stopping thriller.

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.

This was another reliably entertaining read by Baldacci. Some of his characters seem a little formulaic, for example, the tough-as-nails woman, the down-on-his luck man, the man who thinks he's not tough but discovers throughout the circumstances presented in the book that he is, and the typical rule-the-world, the end justifies the means type government types. There were some surprises in this book, but also some predictability too. I wasn't staying up late wanting to read this one, it was definitely a fast-paced book but I wasn't dying to finish it. This wasn't Baldacci's best read, but is is definitely worth your time, if you are a fan of Baldacci or mystery/thriller books in general. I personally think David Baldacci is always better than John Grisham, but that's just me.

Just One Gripe:
Mace?  Mace is her NAME?  Seriously?

The Best Thing About This Book:
I'ts nice to read about strong female protagonists.

Appropriate for a younger audience:
Probably not, there is a focus on murder, drugs and prison in this book.

Characters:  3/5
Plot:  4/5
Setting/Imagery:  4/5
Originality:  3/5
Ending:  3/5
Total Score:  17/25

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  1. Baldacci is so overrated.

  2. Hah! You may be right. I think his earlier work surpassses the quality of his recent books. I read him because it's Baldacci and am sometimes inclined to like his books just because he wrote them.


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