I like Baldacci's books, I'll just say that up front. The plots are usually well-woven, and the characters are unique (see the Camel Club series).
True Blue has a new unique character, and I hope she becomes a series protagonist. Her name is Mace (nee Mason) Perry, a former DC cop, and the sister of DC's chief of police. She has a criminal background (she wuz framed), is out on parole, and can't get involved in police work. But she does anyway, to clear her name.
Mace takes on a major case, under the table of course, and runs into roadblocks with every step, not the least of which is her sister, who is desperately trying to keep Mace from going back to prison. Mace, an inadvertent lawyer friend, and her sister get caught up in a case that is way out of her league.
Mace is a rebel. She doesn't take criticism well, has trouble following orders, rides a Ducati, and can handle herself in tough situations. This is a nice digression from the "normal" psychologist-detective, undercover officer type. She will stand toe-to-toe with anyone, including her gold-digging mother, but doesn't always come out ahead.
Baldacci should give Mace Perry her own book series.
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