For Philadelphia homicide detective Matt Payne, the news from an old law-enforcement friend sends a shiver down his spine: a connection between the Mexican drug cartels and the Russian mob. Russian girls are being smuggled in to work in the sex trade, and now some of them are dying or just disappearing. The trail leads right to Philadelphia - ...
For Philadelphia homicide detective Matt Payne, the news from an old law-enforcement friend sends a shiver down his spine: a connection between the Mexican drug cartels and the Russian mob. Russian girls are being smuggled in to work in the sex trade, and now some of them are dying or just disappearing. The trail leads right to Philadelphia - where Payne learns that's not all. It isn't just Russian girls who are vanishing. Teenage girls are being lured from foster homes. Police department sources are turning up dead. The lone living witness has gone into hiding, with everybody - the Russians, the cartels, some of Philadelphia's most powerful politicians - all looking for her. It's up to Payne to find her - and hope he gets to her first.
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Publishers Weekly, 2013-06-24 Members of the Philadelphia PD tangle with ruthless drug and human sex traffickers in bestseller Griffin's explosive 11th Badge of Honor novel, this one, like 2010's The Vigilantes, coauthored with son Butterworth. Homicide sergeant Matt Payne, dubbed the "Wyatt Earp of the Main Line" for a wild shoot-out in the Florida Keys, is on a mandated vacation when Maggie McCain, chief administrator of Mary's House, a charity aiding abused or neglected children, is forced to go into hiding, carrying with her a possible key to busting the traffickers. Recalled to duty, Payne teams with Sgt. James Byrth of the Texas Rangers, and tries to locate Maggie. Meanwhile, Maggie's risky decision to try to turn the tables on the vicious thugs hunting her has dire consequences. The authors use equally strong primary colors to paint both the bad guys and the heroes such as Payne and Byrth. Agent: Robert Youdelman, Rember & Curtis. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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