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True Blue

A book by David Baldacci

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  • Oct 13, 2010

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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review by . December 17, 2009
Mason used to be cop. He teams up with a lawyer named Roy and together they try to uncover secrets that someone is trying to protect and will do whatever it takes to keep these secrets private.     This was a fun read that made me want to be a detective.
review by . October 27, 2009
OK so, there's this guy at work who has been after me for years to read David Baldacci. He swears by him and I would call him a `groupie' if it wasn't for the fact that he's 70-years old! He told me that I needed to start with `The Camel Club', but I wasn't in the mood to start a series. So when I heard that Mr. Baldacci had a new book coming out that was NOT part of a series, I figured I'd give it a shot. Turns out this book gave ME a shot!    I immensely enjoyed this read! …
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This promising first in a new series from bestseller Baldacci (First Family) introduces Beth Perry, chief of the District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police, and Beth's younger sister, Mace Perry, a former police officer dubbed the Patty Hearst of the twenty-first century after she was seized by bandits, drugged and taken along on a series of armed robberies around Washington. Mace, who's just getting out of prison after serving a two-year sentence, is willing to risk everything to clear her name and reclaim her life as a cop by cracking a big case on her own. The rape-murder of a powerful lawyer as well as the killing of a prominent U.S. attorney provide Mace an opportunity to vindicate herself. While Baldacci draws his characters in bright primary colors, and some of the action reaches comic book proportions, he delivers his usual intricate plotting and sets the stage nicely for highly competent Beth and impulsive, streetwise Mace to take on more bad guys.(Oct. 27)
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ISBN-10: 0446195510
ISBN-13: 978-0446195515
Author: David Baldacci
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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