From Library Journal
In this abridgment of Rosenberg's (Trial by Fire, Audio Reviews, LJ 12/96) latest novel, widow Rachel Simmons joins the Oak Grove police department to serve the community and provide financial security for her two children. However, when she is nearly raped and a high school football player is killed by her fellow officers, Simmons is forced to fight her department. With the help of her sister, a lawyer, Simmons hopes to bring the department to justice while fending off accusations that she shot and paralyzed the officer who assaulted her. Academy AwardR nominee Lindsay Crouse's reading of the story is quite good, and the adaptation holds the listener's attention. This is a good selection for the author's fans as well as for contemporary police fiction collections.?Stephen L. Hupp, Univ. of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Lib.
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Never one to shy away from controversy, the best-selling Rosenberg's sixth novel takes on a knotty one: rogue cops and the code of silence that permits a few bad actors to intimidate other officers and abuse citizens. After two years with the force in the L.A. suburb of Oak Grove, Rachel Simmons, a widow with a teenage daughter and a toddler son, has much to learn. Moonlighting as a security guard to pay off medical bills from her husband's long illness, she hasn't really bonded with her graveyard-shift colleagues. When Rachel declines to go along with the official lie about a Mob-related incident in which a high-school athlete died, she's fair game: threats to her family, violence, wiretapping, and a cold shoulder that leaves her alone with a corpse, a speed freak, and $50,000 in drug money. Although at times tempted to back off or even join in the corruption, Rachel has a core of integrity that keeps her on the high (but not the safe) road. A handsome assistant DA provides legal insights and romantic interest here, but Abuse of Power is closer to a police procedural (or anti-procedural) than a legal thriller. Despite shortcuts and stereotypes, it convincingly demonstrates why a bad cop is even more dangerous than a bad perp. A Literary Guild selection. Mary Carroll
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