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Book Note: William E. Butterworth IV, The Vigilantes

I read this book about 24-Apr-2011. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2010. This note was last modified Thursday, 22-May-2014 17:12:10 PDT.

This is book 7 of the "Badge of Honor" series.

This note does not contain major spoilers for the book.


Cover lists Griffin in big print and his son William E. Butterworth IV in small print. The copyright is held solely by his son, though. I suppose I should work through and straighten out some of the older collaborations, too.

In all cases, I find that Griffin's series decline fairly rapidly over time. The first two or three are often very good. After that, they seem to be riding on affection for the characters and settings rather than really trying to earn any new credit.

The police series is perhaps an especially severe offender, worst of all after the weird jump forward in time that it takes.

As to this one in particular, they've got a problem with somebody murdering sex criminals and leaving evidence about them behind. There's not much public outcry, some people see it as a public service.

Then they start getting copy-cats, that maybe aren't as careful, and the police start to get really worried. The police mostly don't really like vigilantes anyway. Especially when they suspect police might be doing it.

Meanwhile, there's a sub-plot about crooked councilmen.

I've never really understood what the time jump meant. Matt doesn't seem to have gotten a lot older or more senior, but most of the other interesting characters have dropped into the background or disappeared entirely.

I probably should be reading these things as Kindle books, and not taking up space in the library with them. Or, I suppose, I could just not read them. I'm still finding some interest in the Presidential Agent novels (though I can't call them "good" with a straight face), but this one just wasn't doing it for me.


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