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  Library Journal Review

Only true cops bleed blue. Baldacci's latest (after First Family) begins with ex-D.C. cop Mace Perry being released from jail after serving two years for a crime she did not knowingly commit. When her police chief sister unwillingly takes Mace to the crime scene of a dead lawyer found stuffed in a refrigerator, Mace begins to plot a path to reclaiming her job and reputation. Mace and her unofficial partner, lawyer Roy Kingman, track down clues, but the killers always seem to be one step ahead. As the duo close in on the mastermind behind this murder, they may end up as the next victims. Verdict Fans of Baldacci's Camel Club series will relish this novel-and especially its rebel-with-a-cause heroine. Highly recommended for readers who love fast-paced thrillers and rooting for an underdog. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 7/09.]-Susan O. Moritz, Montgomery Cty. P.L.s, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

Baldacci is either taking a break from his best-selling Sean King-Michelle Maxwell and Camel Club series to write a stand-alone thriller or testing the waters for another new series. Washington, D.C., cop Mace Perry served two years in jail after the drug dealers she was investigating turned the tables, drugging her and making her participate in armed robberies. Now, tagging along at a murder scene with her sister, Beth, the chief of police, Mace decides to earn her way back onto the force by solving the crime. Attorney Roy Kingman, the man who found the corpse, becomes her unlikely partner. Unfortunately, the deceased knew something for which an intelligence agency was willing to kill to protect and now Mace and Roy are in the crosshairs, too. Baldacci has proven his ability to write well-paced thrillers that combine crime and politics in locations ranging from mean streets to opulent mansions. The diminutive yet die-hard Mace, however, is so hard-charging as to be hard to like, and a subplot about a rich guy who hires her to recruit poor people for a life-changing internship feels gratuitous. Our credulity is tested, too: Would a police chief visit so many crime scenes? Would a bad guy play basketball to decide the heroes' fate? Readers' enjoyment may hinge on their desire for last-minute rescues and neatly tied endings, where the snarling villain is vanquished in public.--Graff, Keir Copyright 2009 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

Baldacci (Divine Justice, 2008, etc.) presents a law-enforcement sister act, curtain-raiser for a new series that has every chance of keeping the pot boiling. Beth and Mace Perry are loving, totally supportive of each other and remarkably untroubled by anything resembling sibling rivalry. Yet they are very different. Beth, the older, is rock-solid reliable; Mace is flamboyant, tempestuous, hard-wired for heedlessness. After years of worthy performance, Beth has become D.C. chief of police. Mace is an ex-con, albeit through no fault of her own; she was kidnapped, framed, dismissed from the police force and sent to prison for two years. Now she's out, and Beth, a by-the-book officer if ever there was one, knows that her life is about to become complicated. Because Mace, who bleeds blue, wants her badge back and will risk whatever she must in order to make that happen. And Beth will be in her sister's corner, even if on occasion that leads to behavior not sanctioned by any applicable book. Enter Roy Kingman, a susceptible young lawyer immediately drawn to ber-feisty Mace. He trails behind him a big-time murder case that has the sweet smell of opportunity for Mace. If she can solve it, she tells herself, reinstatement will inevitably follow. But this murder case has dark and dangerous ramifications that stretch across oceans and into terrorist enclaves. Powerful people, it turns out, don't want the case solved, people as ready to shoot the moon as Mace is. Gracelessly written, often implausible and inescapably pulpy, but also fast-paced and entertaining. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
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.</br></br> TRUE BLUE </br></br>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.</br></br>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.</br></br>Soon, what began as a fairly routine homicide takes a terrifying and unexpected turn-into something complex, diabolical, and possibly lethal.
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