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True Blue [Mass Market Paperback]

David Baldacci
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (497 customer reviews)

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Book Description

September 1, 2010
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.


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.

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.

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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From Publishers Weekly

This promising first in a new series from bestseller Baldacci (First Family) introduces Beth Perry, chief of the District of Columbia's Metropolitan Police, and Beth's younger sister, Mace Perry, a former police officer dubbed the Patty Hearst of the twenty-first century after she was seized by bandits, drugged and taken along on a series of armed robberies around Washington. Mace, who's just getting out of prison after serving a two-year sentence, is willing to risk everything to clear her name and reclaim her life as a cop by cracking a big case on her own. The rape-murder of a powerful lawyer as well as the killing of a prominent U.S. attorney provide Mace an opportunity to vindicate herself. While Baldacci draws his characters in bright primary colors, and some of the action reaches comic book proportions, he delivers his usual intricate plotting and sets the stage nicely for highly competent Beth and impulsive, streetwise Mace to take on more bad guys. (Oct. 27)
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"Fast-paced and entertaining."—Kirkus on TRUE BLUE

"[Baldacci] delivers his usual intricate plotting and sets the stage nicely for highly competent Beth and impulsive, streetwise Mace to take on more bad guys."

Publishers Weekly on TRUE BLUE

"Baldacci has proven his ability to write well-paced thrillers that combine crime and politics in locations ranging from mean streets to opulent mansions."

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Vision; Reprint edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446561975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446561976
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (497 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Baldacci made a big splash on the literary scene with the publication of his first novel, ABSOLUTE POWER. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 27 novels, all of which have been national and international bestsellers; several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published four novels for children.

David received his Bachelor's degree in political science from Virginia Commonwealth University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, after which he practiced law in Washington, D.C.

While David is involved with several philanthropic organizations, his greatest efforts are dedicated to his family's Wish You Well Foundation®. Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of literacy and educational programs. In 2008 the Foundation partnered with Feeding America to launch Feeding Body & Mind, a program to address the connection between literacy, poverty and hunger. Through Feeding Body & Mind, more than 1 million new and used books have been collected and distributed via area food banks.

David and his family live in Virginia.

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Baldacci should slow down December 13, 2009
By Gene
As a fan of David Baldacci, I was terribly disappointed in his latest work. The characters are unbelievable and the plot even more so. And then what seemed to be a main plot line (who framed Mace Perry) is never resolved. Frankly, I think Baldacci should should slow down the pace of his publishing.
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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing November 18, 2009
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I've never felt inclined to write a review before but this book was so bad that I had to. The plot is bad, the characters are poorly written and the ending is unbelievably bad. Too many situations make you almost laugh out loud at how ridiculous they are. The tough gang leader Psycho deciding to play one on one basketball to decide the heroes fates. The Russian assassin who rather than simply finishing her job and killing them decides it would be more interesting to have a knife fight with Mace. The police chief is a joke, not to mention the entire police department.

However the worst part is the dialogue. It is unbelievably bad, you cannot believe real people would talk like this at all. Baldacci learned some new lingo and is so proud of it that he bashes you over the head with it. I get it, police in D.C. are called "blues" and bad guys are "bandits" that doesn't meant that every single character must nonstop say blues and bandits. That annoyed me even more than the unbelievable plot.
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133 of 142 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not vintage Baldacci either November 1, 2009
David Baldacci quickly became one of my favorite authors. I'm not the biggest fan of his Camel Club series but all of his novels are typically good reads. He definitely took a step backwards with this one. It's not a bad story but you have to suspend all sense of reality to enjoy it. You have to believe that a police chief would invite her disgraced ex-con, ex-cop sister to a crime scene investigation. You have to believe that an ex-cop and a corporate lawyer with no investigative experience can out maneuver the police. And you have to believe that the just out of prison ex-cop would willingly break the law - while on parole - in the belief that an ex-cop just out of prison could get her job back through such tactics. This plot is more suited for a short-lived TV series than for a Baldacci book. That being said it's not badly written but also definitely not worthy of the praise that Baldacci fans will give it just because it's a Baldacci book. This is the juncture where Baldacci can buckle down and bring back riveting stories or he can go the way of other massively successful authors (Grisham and Patterson are good examples) who realize anything they write, regardless of quality, will be an instant best-seller and they seem to put in the effort lately to prove that point.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What happened, David? November 8, 2009
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What a disappointment! I felt as though I'd been dropped into book three of a Mace Perry series and missed the first two. Poor character development, mundane dialog, reality suspension needed. I'll stick to the Camel Club books.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars totally disappointing November 4, 2009
I have enjoyed all of Baldacci's books and eagerly wait for each new one. What a disappointment this was. This was not an all night read as his others have been These characters had so much potential, but it was never fulfilled. The plot was mediocre and poorly developed. A writer of this quality may have to meet contractual obligations, but this just seemed to be just that. A contract fulfilled. When so much talent is wasted, it makes me wonder if he's decided to just go the way so many other fine writers have when they decided to just turn out books after finding success. Boring, insubstantial, waste of potentially good ideas. Very disappointing.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Will the Real Author Please Come Forward? December 15, 2009
By Daweol
If you are a Baldacci lover, like I am, you will be sorely disappointed with this book. I keep looking to see if it was written by David Baldacci with someone else because it's not like any of his other books. The writing is corny, cheesy and I keep cringing at the prose...It's just bad...If it wasn't David Baldacci, I don't even think I would have finished it.
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94 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting thriller October 27, 2009
In David Baldacci's thriller "True Blue," former cop Mace Perry teams up with lawyer Roy Kingman to solve a captivating double murder involving Diane Tolliver, Roy's colleague at a private law firm and Jamie Malden, a powerful U.S. attorney known for previously defending mobsters. The action is set in the dark underworld of Washington D.C., full of criminals and politicians holding their own sets of agendas with danger lurking at every corner in the streets.

Mace Perry has just gotten out of jail after serving two years for a crime she never committed and being stripped of her police credentials in the process. She accepts a lucrative offer to serve as wealthy Professor Altman's research assistant, but will do anything to be given a chance to become a cop again--even risk her own life to solve the case that has formally been assigned to her sister, police Chief Beth Perry.

In the meantime, Roy Kingman, who worked closely with the murdered Tolliver, decides to help Mace with the investigation--risking losing his own job. As Perry and Kingman try to discover what really happened and attempt to follow clues left behind by Diane, such as an odd e-mail sent to Roy and a key mysteriously hidden in an old law manual, they become hot targets for the killers and come face-to-face with an impostor posing as Diane's escort. Circumstances get further complicated, when a homeless vet is detained as the lead suspect in the murder but Kingman, confident in his innocence and suspecting the evidence was planted, decides to act as his defense lawyer in court despite a new clue confirming his guilt and Kingman on the verge of being fired.

This is the first Baldacci book I read, but was left impressed by the plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a lot of nothing
David Baldacci is becoming more and more like Pat Conroy...phoning it in. There really was no ending to the book. Read more
Published 11 days ago by K. O'connor
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything Points me reading everything Baldacci pens!
One of the most detailed descriptors and wordshapers in my 65+ years of reading. The details of the (mostly hidden and unacknowledged) workings of the various government agencies... Read more
Published 11 days ago by eman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 13 days ago by Linda tumminello
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
Not his best book, but very good.
Published 15 days ago by Deborah Braaten
4.0 out of 5 stars True Blue
I gave this book 4 stars because the story was plausible and the
writing excellent. Plenty of thrills and chills and parts that were
so tense I found it difficult take a... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Jerry
2.0 out of 5 stars I usually like David Baldacci books
I usually like David Baldacci books, but not this one! I read it, but it is way too far fetched.
Published 20 days ago by Thelma
4.0 out of 5 stars Very well written The storyline kept me interested and wanting
Very well written
The storyline kept me interested and wanting more
Published 21 days ago by Charles ONeil
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book. Easy to read and quick moving.
Published 21 days ago by Mary E. Faust
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply outstanding work by Baldacci.
The first 10chapters I was ready to give up on it because it was just dragging on with nothing exciting happening, But than I started to get excited by what I was reading than I... Read more
Published 25 days ago by carlos vasquez jr.
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DB surrenders to having a chick hero.
Actually, no, not nearly enough estrogen here. The story plot was weak, and the female characters didn't come across as female at all. I thought they were all totally fake; Mace was the worst. I wasn't that stupid or immature when I was 10, much less 30 or whatever age she was supposed to be. And... Read More
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