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The Traffickers (Badge of Honor) Hardcover – August 4, 2009

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Dope smuggling, prostitution and murder preoccupy Sgt. Matt Payne of the Philadelphia PD in the uneven ninth Badge of Honor novel from bestseller Griffin and son Butterworth (after Final Justice). Payne, known as the Wyatt Earp of the Main Line because of his involvement in so many shootings, receives a call from an old pal, Chad Nesbitt, who tells him that a mutual friend, Skipper Olde, is somehow involved in a catastrophic fire. Matt doesn't care about Skipper, but Skipper's girlfriend, whom Matt had a crush on in high school, has been badly burned. Meanwhile, 21-year-old Juan Paulo Delgado, El Gato, is going about his usual business of pimping, beating and beheading undocumented Mexican women. Sophomoric, jokey dialogue and intrusive author lectures will lead many readers to tire of the whole business long before the evildoer receives his just and expected reward. Author tour. (Aug.)
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About the Author

W.E.B. Griffin is the author of six bestselling series.


William E. Butterworth IV has worked closely with his father for a decade, and is the coauthor of several previous books with him, most recently Covert Warriors and The Spymasters.
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Product Details

  • Series: Badge of Honor
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399155864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399155864
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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99 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Jerry A. Estes on August 5, 2009
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I've been a W.E.B. Griffin fan for the better part of 40 years, even when he was writing as Alec Baldwin. This book was evidently written by his son, William E. Butterworth IV, and just had his (Griffin's) name on it to induce his fans to buy it. It is very disappointing in that the prose is very stilted and not up to Griffin's standards. Many of the better characters from previous books in the "Badge of Honor" series are totally missing or barely mentioned in the book (Mickey O'Hara and Peter Wohl to mention 2). Granted, W.E.B. Griffin has gotten old, he's probably in his late 70's or early 80's now, but that's no excuse for this poorly written book to be graced with his name as co-author. It's sad to see such a great writer leave us.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By JalenTigh on August 5, 2009
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It is becoming painfully obvious to WEB Griffin fans that whenever his son's name appears with his on the cover, that it is the son who wrote the book. I am quite frankly surprised that Griffin passed off this book to his Son, being one of his more successful franchises. To put simply, this book is BORING. It completely lacks any of the flair of usual Griffin works. Characters lack personality, engaging and interesting characters from past books of the series are simply gone with no explanation.This book can be summed up very easily. This is what Matt Payne is doing, this is what the bad guy is doing, this is what Matt did earlier, this is what the bag guy did earlier (usually in completely unnecessary graphic detail). Throw in a Texas Ranger with no personality, and a new love interest for Matt (that takes place mostly over text messages), and you have this book.

I simply can not stress how completely disappointed I am with this book. Griffin should be ashamed his name is on it, he obviously had very little if anything to do with it.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Edward A. Steele III on August 10, 2009
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Like the previous books co-authored with his son this newest volume is a great disappointment; the writing is flat and muddled; the story line drags with too much extraneous detail. I will no longer purchase--or borrow--any Griffin titles that are collaborations with his son. Mr. Butterworth is not nearly the writer his father once was. Sad to see the Griffin era close this way with mediocre wannabe books.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 5, 2009
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Okay, The Traffickers is NOT great literature. No one is ever going to put WEB Griffin up for membership in PEN. No one's ever going to ask him to address the British Great Literature Council (if there even is such a group!).

But, in the context of his other books in the Philadelphia Cop series, this book is pretty good. It's the first in the Badge of Honor series in several years, in fact, I assumed the series ended when Matt Payne brought the bad guy home from France and took a leave of absence from the police force. I thought he was going to UPenn Law school and join his father's fancy-pancy WASP law firm.

This new book, which I think must have been largely written by Griffin's son because the old, flat descriptions of the various characters that were a hallmark of the previous books, are largely missing. Other than Jason Washington being described, yet again, as the "best detective between New York and Key West" (or something like that), most characters have somewhat different introductions. The story line - Hispanic drug traffickers invade Philly and do disgusting things to other Hispanics, and occasionally to any innocent person who wanders into the scene - and Matt Payne leaps into action, along with a Texas Ranger, newly on the scene from Dallas.

It's not his/their best book, but I was happy to see Matt Payne and friends back on the scene. Maybe we won't have to wait another four or five years between books.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Leo JD on August 6, 2009
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Lets see, Matt gets another blond thrown at him as well as another firefight. The writing however is lackluster, the plot is boring and uninspired. Oh and be aware that the story takes place post 9/11, while in the first 5 or so books it took place in 1970s. The characters did not age but were "miraculously" thrown forward in time 30 years. I can only speculate that Griffin's offspring (-who wrote the book and is a pale shadow of his) was incapable of doing otherwise.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By CHRIS on September 9, 2009
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I love the books of W.E.B. Griffin. Unfortunately, whoever actually wrote this book should have his or her writing privileges suspended and the editors should be sacked.

Perhaps, this is an example of the work product of a million monkeys with a million typewriters when they fail to achieve Hamlet.

This was a complete disappointment. I will now proceed to drown myself with a bottle of The Famous Grouse.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bales on August 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
When I heard that a new book in the Badge of Honor series I was elated, prior to reading this book I loved to read any book written by W.E.B. Griffin. The Traffickers unfortunately was not written solely by him, it was co-written by William Butterworth IV, and judging by the drivel I read, it was entirely written by William Butterworth IV.

If it were part of a new series I probably would like it a lot more, but I am a reader that likes to stick by the timeline set forth by the author. This book was set in a time period five years after Matt Payne joined the force, or mid to late 1970's. Cell phones, text messaging, lap top computers, meth, and 60-inch wide screen LCD panel televisions were not invented yet, why did the author feel he needed to introduce this to the story line?

If you are a owner of WEB Griffin's books and feel like you have to have this book in order to complete your collection, by all means do not pay full price, in the event of an emergency this would be the first book I would use to replace toilet paper!
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