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You must compare apples with apples...
on August 5, 2009
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.