Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Crime of Privilege by Walter Walker

Crime of Privilege: A Novel

This book will be released on May 28, 2013.

My thoughts
George Beckett has a friend who’s a friend of a Senator and gets invited to a party in their Palm Beach house. Not knowing anyone, he roams through the rooms until he meets, Kendrick Powell, a girl who also doesn’t know anyone. Soon, they are surrounded by tow family members and they convene to the library. George witnesses a rape but doesn’t say anything. Fast forward, twelve years and George is now a lowly lawyer for the district attorney’s office in the Cape when a he is asked to investigate a cold case of a murder young lady who may have come in contact with the same guys from the Senator’s family.

It was hard to care for a character like George Beckett, but as the book progressed, I saw how his life was affected by the events from the on start. The author brings together a fascinating story of power and what it can do to control people and keep secrets. Although, nothing mysterious about the novel, it is well written and enthralling.

Book Description
A murder on Cape Cod. A rape in Palm Beach.

All they have in common is the presence of one of America’s most beloved and influential families. But nobody is asking questions. Not the police. Not the prosecutors. And certainly not George Becket, a young lawyer toiling away in the basement of the Cape & Islands district attorney’s office. George has always lived at the edge of power. He wasn’t born to privilege, but he understands how it works and has benefitted from it in ways he doesn’t like to admit. Now, an investigation brings him deep inside the world of the truly wealthy—and shows him what a perilous place it is.

Years have passed since a young woman was found brutally slain at an exclusive Cape Cod golf club, and no one has ever been charged. Cornered by the victim’s father, George can’t explain why certain leads were never explored—leads that point in the direction of a single family—and he agrees to look into it.

What begins as a search through the highly stratified layers of Cape Cod society soon has George racing from Idaho to Hawaii, Costa Rica to France to New York City. But everywhere he goes he discovers people like himself: people with more secrets than answers, people haunted by a decision years past to trade silence for protection from life’s sharp edges. George finds his friends are not necessarily still friends and a spouse can be unfaithful in more ways than one. And despite threats at every turn, he is driven to reconstruct the victim’s last hours while searching not only for a killer but for his own redemption.

Disclosure: I received this book for review through libraything.com. I received no compensation for my thoughts.


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