Crime of Privilege
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Crime of Privilege

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In the tradition of Scott Turow, William Landay, and Nelson DeMille, "Crime of Privilege" is a stunning thriller about power, corruption, and the law in America--and the dangerous ways they come together.
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 ques...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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George Becket is a deputy D.A. and sometime chump, trying to solve a murder in a community where one obscenely wealthy family holds all the power. Is it worth risking his job, and maybe even his life, to find justice for the victim's family?

This is not only a mystery, but an exploration of the social strata on Cape Cod. The Gregory family displays that sense of entitlement we envy and despise, and their sins are often overlooked or covered up. People like George Becket, who don't come from privi...more
Having lived in Massachusetts for just over two and a half years, it always adds another element to reading when you can envision some of the places mentioned in a novel, and you’re at least familiar with the name-drops of some of the other locations. The connection is immediate, and rather fulfilling, and if that was all CRIME OF PRIVILEGE had to offer, it would have given me one layer of enjoyment. But this particular novel offers readers so much more. Cape Cod, and the Massachusetts backdrop...more
This could not have come at a better time. I have had 2 weeks of coworker bad behavior, over 3 feet of snow, and trying to read some really bad books that I wil not take up my time to review, this showed up at my post office box.
( I received this from Random house in Goodreads Giveaway)
I poked at it several times like a cat attacking a fake felt mouse, hoping it was the real thing, before jumping on it ferociously, going for the jugular. This is my first W. Walker book, it will not be my last....more
I like to think I rate 5 stars to books like cheap bastards throw manhole covers but I would rate this book 10 stars if I could. It's truly extraordinary on so many levels, I don't know where to begin. I was expecting a pedestrian legal mystery and was ecstatic when it started me thinking about comparisons to the plot complexity and originality of Stephen Carter's "Emperor of Ocean Park" and the masterly drawn prose of Richard Russo's "Empire Falls". There is simply no drag in the pace and I was...more
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Jan 23, 2013 Darlene rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: first-reads
I am so looking forward to reading this book-- I am and was lucky enough to receive this as a first read from the author. Thank you so very much for the book Mr Walker- what a way to end the year!!
Crime of Privilege is about actually about two different crimes. One that happens when George was very young and in college- he witnessed a young women being raped. What did he do? Did he stop the rape- help the young woman- report it?? Hmmm... well for that you must read ...
Now for the second crime...more
PROTAGONIST: George Becket, assistant district attorney
WHY: George Becket is a young man from a blue-collar family who goes with a friend to a high society party held by influential Senator Gregory in Palm Beach, Florida. While there, he witnesses 2 young men molesting a drunk young woman. He rationalizes that she chose to drink too much and isn't exactly sure that she was raped. He doesn't come to her support when she later claims she was raped. As a quid pro quo...more
Patrice Hoffman
George Beckitt is asked to investigate the murder of Heidi Telford by her distraught father. The father is sure that certain leads aren't followed because of the long reach of a prestigious family. George also shares a sordid past with the Gregory family that he wishes to never see the light of day, but he's also hoping to find some sort of redemption. His attempt to find the true murderer of Heidi Telford leads him on a cross-country, international investigation where no one is saying much.

Brian Lively
To write Crime of Privilege off as simply another legal thriller does it a disservice. It may, in fact, even be a completely inaccurate description. Sure, the protagonist George Becket is an ADA in Cape Cod, but really the legal aspects of the book end there and what follows is much more of a whodunit than a thriller.

What makes this book stand out from other murder mysteries, though, is the continuing theme of power and loyalty. It examines closely at the things that people are willing to overlo...more
I felt like taking a shower when I was done - 3.5 stars

There are so many sleazy characters in this book that at points I felt my hands were getting slimy from grabbing it. The story is based on a rape in Florida 1996 and a murder in Cape Cod in 1999. The main character, George, was a witness to the rape, though the culprits were never punished. Now in 2008, he is working in a dead-end job at the district attorney's office in Cape Cod and is sought after by the father of the victim of a murder. B...more
Robin Belkin

This is a well-paced, masculine novel balanced with mystery, action, humor, sex, twists and turns. It would probably make a successful movie. In fact, the unusually short chapters that skipped around in time can easily strike the reader as movie scenes. Also, the balance of the aforementioned components easily brings to mind a potentially popular screenplay, as does the ending (if perhaps a bit less hectic).

Reconciliation of the psychology of the conflicte...more
I was going to give this two stars, but seeing as I could not bring myself to battle through to the end, I simply cannot award it more than one star. I was hoping for an Adam Mitzner-type legal thriller and engaging mystery, but what I got was a seemingly endless plodding of boring characters I didn't care for and a case so convoluted I stopped paying attention, which isn't like me. I might be the wrong audience for this book, but I simply didn't like anything about it. None of the characters we...more
Kate Ayers
Loved this. I've found a new Grisham/Turow/Dunne/DeMille. The author's wit, dry and cutting, is so much fun. The story centers more around the privileged Gregory family than figuring out whodunit. It seems clear early on who did what. Well, sort of. But Assistant DA George Becket manages to chase around the globe after witnesses and clues, adding another dimension to the enjoyment. And don't get me wrong; there's plenty of suspense. This book qualifies as a tale of moral redemption, a legal thri...more
Holy shit! That was awful. The novel starts with great promise, but it dissolves into a steaming pile of nothing. The climax comes together about as fast as two slugs racing to the middle of a pool of molasses and when you finally manage to get there, there is no resolution. I'm so sad to have wasted my time here, please don't make the same mistake.
F.T. Bradley
This was an ARC giveaway at Bouchercon (mystery fan convention) that I brought home with me.

The book had me hooked from page one, as we're plunged into a tragic assault at a Florida mansion, that leaves main character George shaken, and a college girl scarred for life. George watches the assault and does little to hold the rich Gregory family and their cohorts accountable.

Fast forward to 2008, when George is an assistant D.A. in Cape Cod, working out of a sad basement office. The old memory of...more
The premise of this novel sounded interesting--a mix of a murder mystery and an influential family involved--and was happy to have been approved of a galley copy to read.

While the premise of this novel was intriguing, the overall story fell flat and boring for me. This was mostly because of the narrator and protagonist of the story. I found George to be far too…blank, passive and lacking in some sort of strong or particular characterisation to define him that would in turn compel me, the reader,...more
Crime of Privilege is a mystery/thriller that I enjoyed more for the characters than the actual thrill.

George is screwed. He’s gotten through law school, and has a job as an assistant DA on Cape Cod, but all of this has only been possible because of one night, long ago. George had attended a part at the family home of Senator Gregory and had witnessed some younger members of the family taking advantage of a very drunk girl also attending the party. The repercussions and cover up surrounding this...more
Serious topics, sleazy characters, rape, murder, big money and one Assistant District Attorney make for often intense reading with Walter Walker’s Crime of Privilege. George Becket is a young man from a blue-collar family who attends a high society party given by a powerful Senator. When members of the wealthy Senator Gregory brutally attack and rape a young woman, George witnesses it, but fails to either assist the victim, or come forward to substantiate her claim. As George narrates his own st...more
A first rate thriller! As the guest of a guest at a party thrown by one of America’s wealthiest and most powerful families, college student George Beckett witnesses an incident involving several young members of the privileged elite. When asked if he’ll testify George can’t say for certain exactly what it was he witnessed… was it simply a little drunken “fooling around” or something far worse? As a reward for what the family perceives as his “loyalty” George is the recipient of a few high powere...more
Susan Johnson
After finishing this book I flipped to the back and read that the author is a lawyer. Oh, that explains a great deal. The plot is so convoluted and full of too many things that you realize the author has a twisted mind. The book is based on several Kennedy episodes. One is the rape of a girl reportedly done by a Kennedy cousin down in Florida. The similarities of the book and real life include the senator making an appearance at the crime scene and the young man in question becoming a doctor. Th...more
Maria Puig
If the author was not referring to the Kennedy cousins who was he referring to? A rape in Palm Beach by one cousin, a Senator, a girl killed in Cape Cod by another cousin, golf club as a weapon. A 413 page mystery with no answers at the end. Too verbose, could have been edited better. Too many characters that did not bring anything to the table, very confusing at times. Who was acting as Luanne in Costa Rica? Who was Mr Andrews? Barbara, the protagonist's love interest had a teenage daughter tha...more
Cindy Barnett
Murders, rape, homosexuality, payoffs & more. Main character needed a swift kick or a clue, ended well. F-bombs & non-graphic sex, well edited. Well narrated by Steven Hoi (? spelling).
John Wood
Feb 01, 2013 John Wood rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of legal thrillers
Shelves: first-reads
The Gregory family is a rich and famous family of a Massachusetts senator. That sounds familiar for some reason. Anyway there was a rape in Florida and a murder on Cape Cod. Was it a Gregory behind these crimes or were they just convenient scapegoats? Do they think privilege is their right? Is there an elaborate coverup? Along the way there are plenty of twists and turns and travels around the globe tracking down the people who were at the Gregory compound the night of the murder. I couldn't wai...more
Vicki Bishop
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. It is VERY rare that I give any book 5 stars. THis book definitely deserves it. This is about the wealthy, powerful, political "Gregory" family ... read Kennedys. Complete with a senator, a rape by a nephew (who went on to become a doctor)in Florida, sister married to a Hollywood actor, son sleeping with the au pair, son who runs a gas and oil company for the poor, murder of a young girl with a golf club ... sound familiar? And around this is a VERY...more
Jill Heather
A poor fraternity brother heads to some party hosted by a rich senator and watches two of the senator's family members (a son and a nephew? two nephews?) sexually assault a woman while he stands there convincing himself it wasn't sexual assault. He then misleads the investigator, the charges never go anywhere, and the woman overdoses on drugs. Her rich father hires someone to make this guy's life miserable (as well as the two people who assaulted his daughter), while the senator helps him out.

The beginning subject of the book is a rape at a fancy party given by a wealthy family. The three men involved are two of the wealthy family members and George, the narrator of the story. The rape happened years ago and George is working at the district attorney's office, still grieving over he did and didn't do at the time of the rape. The rape took place when George was still in school. George is now occupied with another assault committed by one of the members of that same wealthy family.

I re...more
Jacqueline Kawate
I loved this book - what a fun read! Read it in 2 days. If you like John Grisham or Scott Turow, you will love this book. As the cover says, it is about "power, corruption, and the law in America - and the dangerous ways they come together". Any similarities to a certain political family of Massachusetts are unintentional. Ha ha. This is a great book for the beach or on an airplane. Before you know it you've read 413 pages.
Rudolf Sweeb
The story is entertaining but leaves too much to be desired.
The one star is in my opinion right because the many illogical
procedures in the book.
Each an every book I begin with a clean slate. I don't mind fiction, as long the patterns in daily life are strictly followed.
Now that I have stated this, is it every day that a deputy distict attorney does police work? Since when does he have the authority to search for criminals?

Furthermore, if you are shot at while you're doing a criminal investigat...more
Elizabeth Quinn
I was jazzed when I saw that Walter Walker had a new book coming out after 20 years of silence. While I hadn't loved all of his earlier novels, his first -- A Dime To Dance By -- made it onto my Top 10 mysteries list. The fact that Crime of Privilege takes place on Cape Cod, where I lived for a time in the late 1970s, only added to my interest. However, I did not love this novel. The main character, George Becket, is an assistant district attorney who has been rewarded with a job for failing to...more
Ruthless Baba
Given that I AM NOT an author myself, I feel parasitic in negatively commenting on an author's work. But I enjoy reading what others have to say about a book I have read so I am contributing my opinion. Just keep in mind I admire anyone with the fortitude to write a book!

When I learned of this book, I thought of Dominick Dunne's A Season in Purgatory. After I read that book, I said "wow". I found that book very affecting and was particularly disturbed by the way money/power trumped and destroyed...more
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