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Crime of Privilege: A Novel Hardcover – June 18, 2013
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Attorney George Becket owes his career to the Gregory family and its political connections. The Gregory family owes George appreciation for not testifying about a rape that occurred at the family’s Palm Beach compound. The victim eventually killed herself, and her powerful father never forgave George for not supporting her claims. Years later on Cape Cod, George is asked by another grieving father to investigate a young woman’s murder. The man believes his daughter was in the company of Senator Gregory’s son and nephew the night she was killed. As George travels from Costa Rica to France to track down the people who were there that night, it becomes clear that he has been cast as both cat and mouse in an ever-expanding chase. Walker is an attorney, but this is not a legal thriller. Rather, it’s a page-turning, puzzle-solving adventure. Fans of Douglas Kennedy’s fast-paced suspense will find much to enjoy here. --Karen Keefe
“Walter Walker combines an experienced attorney’s sense of our flawed criminal justice system with a natural storyteller’s gift. Crime of Privilege is a twisting, engrossing, irresistible detective story.”—William Landay, author of Defending Jacob
“A stunning first legal thriller that is sure to get as much attention as John Grisham’s The Firmand Scott Turow’s Presumed Innocent . . . An outstanding crime story with spot-on characterization, a protagonist whose humiliating past compels sympathy, and a host of unexpected suspects. The novel’s moral complexity will appeal to readers who enjoyed works as diverse as Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities, Nelson DeMille’s The Gold Coast, and any number of contemporary thrillers.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Walter Walker’s Crime of Privilege is a terrifically entertaining race of a read that also effortlessly manages to be jam-packed with intelligence, insight, morality and heart. Top-notch and highly recommended!”—New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart
“A gripping thriller . . . an unsettling, multilayered look at the insidious symbiosis between power and corruption.”—Maclean’s
“Fans of John Grisham and Scott Turow especially will love this engrossing story of murder involving high society. The author’s wit, dry and cutting, is razor-sharp and somewhat reminiscent of Nelson DeMille’s John Corey. . . . Crime of Privilege qualifies as a tale of moral redemption, a legal thriller, and a murder mystery cloaked in pure enjoyment.”—Bookreporter
“Crime of Privilege is a privilege to read . . . an engaging, very well-paced novel . . . exciting and unpredictable.”—Examiner.com
“A whodunit set in Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous . . . fast-paced with lots of sharp turns . . . You'll lose yourself in it.”—The Guardian (U.K.)
“Nuanced and emotionally convincing . . . a subtle, well-paced thriller.”—USA Today
“A slick, satisfying conspiracy novel where revenge tastes best served with a highball.”—Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
“A sheer pleasure to read . . . George must find his own moral compass, in a summer read notable for credible characters and unpredictable twists.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A page-turning, puzzle-solving adventure.”—Booklist
“Walker maintains his dry, sometimes biting humor and moral edge. . . . A convincing portrait of misbehavior among the rich and powerful.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Crime of Privilege is not only a first-class legal thriller, it is an astute examination of our society and how we are corrupted by power and money. The rich are indeed different; they get away with murder. An absolutely engrossing read from beginning to end. Not only is it a well told story of crime and punishment, but also a finely nuanced tale of sin and redemption.”—Nelson DeMille
“Crime of Privilege is wonderfully written, and Walter Walker has a great talent, the God-given kind that can’t be taught or learned or acquired, and the reader knows it from the first paragraph of the book. The characters are complex and interesting yet also emblematic of all the players in the class war, which is the stuff of all epic stories. I love the protagonist, and I also love the portrayal of the world of the very rich. There is something about the very rich that is hard to describe, but Walter Walker got them in the camera’s lens perfectly.”—James Lee Burke
“A gripping, chilling tale that pits privilege against pride, with a not-entirely-innocent man caught in the untenable middle.”—Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats
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The conclusion is somewhat anti-climatic and is probably the weakest part of this novel. Much is left unresolved.
Overall, it's a great read for week at the beach or during your vacation.