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True Blue

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  13,741 ratings  ·  1,107 reviews
Mason 'Mace' Perry was a maverick cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything - her career, her liberty - and spent two years in prison. Now, back on the outside, Mace is trying to rebuild her life and track down the people who set her up.
Hardcover, 454 pages
Published December 31st 2009 by MacMillan (first published 2009)
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Kaitlyn Barrett
I picked this up because I wanted a male voice to contrast my diet of ChickLit.


Baldacci tries too hard to sound like he knows this world. He writes eye-glazing passages about guns and “bandits” (I prefer perps…) and seedy neighborhoods in DC. He adds unnecessary details, puts his people in unreasonable situations where their characters aren’t consistent and the sequence of events is all too convenient.

For instance:

Mace escapes bad guys on her motorcycle while they’re trying to shoot her dea
Note to David Baldacci: you are not George Pelecanos, nor could you ever come to his level, this book makes that painfully clear. The forced and completely unnatural dialogue was really difficult to look past in this book. Honestly I'm surprised his editors even agreed to put it out. One of the things I do love about Baldacci is that he tends to keep locations, events, places in DC very accurate and real. It was clear that he went out of his way to not write about DC even though this book was ab ...more
I didn't finish this one. It was pretty lousy. Baldacci needs to learn that you can write a strong female character without her being so overtly sexual (nearly everyone she meets has to check out her butt. Seriously. That's how tough she is!) (Oh, and she nails every shot if you hand her a basketball, and she can ride a motorcycle better than anyone ever has. Because she's so tough SHE CANNOT FAIL.) The protagonist has just gotten out of jail (for murder), yet her D.C. Police Chief sister takes ...more
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Shaon Castleberry
Do I smell a sequel coming on?
Lydia Presley
This was my first Baldacci novel and there were things that I liked and things that I disliked about it.

This is the story of "Mace" Perry, a cop convicted wrongly and sent to prison for 2 years. Her older sister, Beth Perry, is the Chief of Police in D.C. When Mace is released from prison she gets involved in the latest case being tackled by her sister.

The book was easy to read and kept moving at a fast pace. Like most modern thrillers there's a neat package ending and everything is revealed in
True Blue

Mason "Mace" Perry had been an outstanding cop in Washington D.C. - until her public arrest for armed robbery and drug use. Mace knows that she was kidnapped and framed for the crime, but she's lost her badge, her apartment, the life that she knew. Two years have passed and Mace has been released from prison. Now Mace's one goal is to clear her name and win back her badge. It helps that her sister, Police Chief Beth Perry, believes in her and will not be deterred from hunting d
Mary Ann
Terrible. Could not even finish this book which is unusual for me. The main character, Mace, was not likable at all and very over the top masculine, rude, inconsiderate, and self centered.
Yvann S
I’m a huge fan of Baldacci’s, but this is not his best. Perfectly readable, entertaining plot, well-developed characters – it’s definitely one of the better ones. It’s just missing that something special that made me love Split Second.

In True Blue, Baldacci has moved away from his familiar FBI/CIA/NSA/acronym material to tackle Washington, its politics, law firms and police force. The change of setting is a refreshing one, and it gives him the chance to construct some new characters. The two lea
Nov 09, 2009 Richard rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes adventure/action/mystery
Recommended to Richard by: I read all Mr. Baldacci's work
What a complicated tale that could have been ripped from the headlines, except the true story would never see the light of day. The Washington, DC police chief's little sister has just come out of jail and is trying to clear her name so she can get back on the force.

The sense of place, dialogue and plot are all very believable up to the end. There is a murdered attorney who was also raped; a murdered Justice Department official who also may be connected to the basic plot; the attorney who found
Chris Schaeffer
True Blue by David Baldacci is a kick back to the old Last Man Standing days where the beat walking cop grinds down the details and solves the case using gut and grit. However, true to Baldacci’s character style, this story does not involve the typical hairy detective. Instead, it’s focused on a strong, independent woman that plays the role of the sticky gumshoe.

True Blue finally shows strength in its characters, where other Baldacci novels have been weak. While the independent women character i
I like David Baldacci. We just listened to two of his books on our trip. So I went with True Blue. It is aboubt two sisters in the Washington DC police force. Beth is the Chief of Police and Mace Perry was a police officer but has just served two years in prison because she was set up. She is one tough cookie. Too tough for me. She is bitter, angry and wants to know the truth and get revenge. I like police officer novels. But the two women are just too tough and the story has several things happ ...more
I really like David Baldacci’s work, but I think his publisher must have been pushing him for a new novel, so Baldacci hired a ghost writer to write this. This book is just bad, really bad. Mace Perry is a former DC police officer who was in prison (or something not her fault, of course) and is now released. She gets involved in trying to solve a crime that has nothing to do with her or the reason she was arrested. Her sister, Beth Perry, is the chief of the Washington DC police runs around resp ...more
ilovebakedgoods (Teresa)
I really, really liked Mace Perry. She's strong and kicks ass, without resorting to being a 'bitch' type. She's independent but not afraid to accept help from others. In the author's acknowledgements, he states that someone named Michelle (turns out she's his wife, I later learned) is his primary reason for writing strong, independent women. I am going to read more by him just because of that.

Some of the political stuff went over my head but whatever, I knew who the good guys were and who the b
This is only my 2nd Baldacci book and I must say I am hooked! This one has sisters as its main characters. Beth Perrywho happens to be D.C.'s cheif of police and her sister Mace who is a former cop, but just got out of prison. The characters are well developed and interesting without being over the top...a Baldacci hallmark. The plot was fast paced and unpredictable. The story was wrapped up nicely, but still leaves you wanting more, but in a good way.
Ireally look forward to delving further into
OK, a lot of people love David Baldacci but not me, at least not any more. You cannot write a book that wastes so many pages on how tough someone is (Mace Perry) and not develop any other characters or plot. You can't introduce an Islamic terrorist at page 375 of a 450 page book and then drop him after 2 pages at which point you introduce a Russian assassin and expect people to actually keep reading this drivel. I also don't think there is such a word as "inputted".
Quick read, especially considering it was 480 pages long. Easy to follow. Constantly captivating. Likable characters. Does it get any better? My only complaint was the ending. It wrapped up too quickly and I think was stretching a bit. My 2nd Baldacci book. A good filler if you get stuck on a "bad" book, or if you've been reading more symbolic/thought provoking books and need a break. I'll grab more books by this author.
Katie Q
I really enjoyed this book. However I felt many parts were quite unbelievable. It has some yawningly slow patches but they did not deter me from continuing on in the book. I did not think it was a thriller at all. Just a nice book to read if you like a whodunnit with a little bit of minor thrills thrown in. Certainly not edge of your seat stuff.
Nick Brett
Oh dear, possibly the worst book I have read by Mr Baldacci.

Framed ex-cop is out of jail, and her sister happens to be Chief of Police. And luckily they are both attractive, smart and gutsy women. Oh and their main adversary is a very attractive devious DA. Of course.

Within hours of her release our heroine is joining her sister at a murder scene (of course) and within a day is doing all sorts of daft. investigating and is joined by a lawyer who is more than happy to get involved and put his care
May 07, 2015 Rhonda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that likes murder mysteries
Recommended to Rhonda by: Beth Irish
Great book!
Loved all the twist and turns, but it only got the 4 stars due to the fact that "Mace" would get herself into situations that she should of realized was stupid, and the times she let other people catch her by surprise was kind of lame, considering she has a cop background and should of known better.
Otherwise the book was good and the government involvement was kind of scary, since it is suppose to be fiction, but one could see how this is probably happening right now. It's not that fa
Mace Perry just spent two years in Federal prison for crimes she did not commit. Actually, she did commit the crimes; she just did not know she was doing so. While an undercover narcotics detective for the Washington, DC, police force, she was kidnapped off the street, forcibly addicted to drugs, and then dragged along as part of a crew that specialized in armed robbery. After one of their forays, the crew deliberately slipped away and left Mace in the store holding the gun, literally.

The gun wa
Story about former police detective Mason "Mace" Perry is released from prison and determined to solve a big case to get reinstated to the police force. She bends the law to investigate the murder of a lawyer. Her sister, Police Chief, Beth Perry, is put in the role of saving Mace over and over again. Roy Kingman, finds the body of lawyer, Diana Tolliver in the refrigerator at work. Lots of alphabet soup government agencies and agents involved in the story.

So far this is a standalone book, but t
In this start to a new series (I hope) Mace Perry has just been released from prison. She was incarcertated under the worst possible scenario … falsely accused and a cop in jail. But she survived, got physically and emtionally stronger and is now out to clear her name. With the help of her Chief of Police sister Beth, she sets out to do just that.

I enjoy action thrillers and Mr. Baldacci just never disappoints. His books have enough car crashes and shoot ‘em up scenes to keep action junkies happ
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
True Blue is a phenomenal stand alone thriller from David Baldacci. The action begins on page 1 and never stops until the very last word. Baldacci utilizes the short chapter style now adopted by many thriller authors to quickly move the story line and ratchet the thrill factor. I would have given True Blue 5 stars if the ending was different. I'm hoping to see the two Perry sisters featured again. But of course that is Baldacci's decision. I liked the two women as strong protagonists. They are t ...more
Teresa Collins
You know, I feel a little silly reviewing this book when everyone else I'm following are reviewing all these high-brow, top 100 books to read. But, you know, I finally realized that if I were sitting at my Daddy's dining room table with my sister, talking about books, these would be the ones I'd be talking about. So here goes. I really like David Baldacci anyway, so it was easy to get started in this book. Like all of his others, it grabs your attention at the beginning and doesn't let go.
Mar 15, 2010 KarenC rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to KarenC by: Read all by this author

I kind of liked this book. It was nice to read a Baldacci book with two smart, capable, physically tough female characters as the central protagonists. The Perry sisters were able to carry most of the story and I'm sure if this book sells well we'll see more of them in a new series. There were plenty of backstory blanks to fill in as well as more complete character development. It did get tiresome to constantly be reminded of the sister relationship and Mace's obsession to return to the ranks of

Simon Taylor
True Blue is a top-class legal thriller, and Baldacci ticks so many boxes that many other writers don’t even bother to consider. Set in two polar opposite worlds: the rich middle and upper classes of lawyers, police chiefs and millionaire philanthropists, and the scrape-off-your-shoe estates of junkies and gangs, Baldacci leads you deep and believably into each. Whether in a top-notch restaurant with a motorcade of bodyguards or escaping a drug-laden shack of a flat, we are immersed so deep into ...more
This was my first Baldacci novel and it was very easy to read. However it was a bit unrealistic. I don't think the Police Commissioner of DC would be out at murder scenes let alone with her former cop sister who had just been released from prison!

However the book was easy to read and moved at a fast pace with short chapters. Will try another Baldaci one day.
Angus Mcfarlane
The first novel by David Baldacci I've read, bought to accompany me in a transpacific flight home. Two sisters confronting crime and conspiracy in DC. A lawyer trapped in a well paid position looking for something more meaningful and finding it through a dead colleague stuffed into the office fridge.....
This is a police drama seen through the eyes of a renegade cop looking to regain her reputation and see justice done. However, the pace and pathos of this is far different from the roguish Rebus
Abheek Kakkar
A high-profile murder. Chapter 1. That's all it takes to pique your interest into the story of true blue. A few dull chapters in the middle, a good (but not so great) ending, however, overall, this book is an interesting read.

So, fire up the ducati and enjoy as Baldacci takes you to D.C through the fictional life of Mace Perry.
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David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 28 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 cou ...more
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