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The Assassin (Badge of Honor #5)

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A political assasin is ready to make his move. The police department's only clue is a single, perfectly typed bomb threat. And worse yet, the police aren't sure they can trust their own people. In a few short days, the corruption of one cop--and the madness of an assasin--could blow the whole city sky high...
Paperback, 453 pages
Published May 1st 1993 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 1993)
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Rick Matson
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all of his books, it's about the characters and not about the plot. He makes his characters come alive, and that's what makes book after book a great read.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
The books are getting less racist but remain sexist. And I'm ashamed to admit this is the first book in the series that it occurred to me none of the books pass the Bechtel test.
Brad T.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I love these books but I hate how they end. Too quickly, too easily.
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The plot to 'disintegrate' the Vice President and the Airport bust. A nominally deranged market analyst is called by God to explosively assassinate the US VP when he comes thru Philly, and sets about staging the necessary materials to do so. Simultaneously, the mob plots to enlist an impressionable cop in their drug smuggling operation at the airport. Young Payne finds himself once again at the epicenter of the action after he stops to get some groceries at a store that is about to be robbed but ...more
Alec Sutherland
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: web-griffin
WEB Griffin's "The Assassin" is the fifth book in his Badge of Honor series. "The Assassin" is both a great addition to the series as well as being a fantastic read. The plot detail is great, the multiple intertwined story lines contained in the book are great and provide a more realistic look at the work the police do. The one major problem that I have with this book is that Mr Griffin has a tendency to repeat the plot lines of his previous books in too much detail, several times in different p ...more
Jun 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoy Mr Griffins Badge of Honor series. I started reading them out of order and have enjoyed getting to know the characters. Peter Wohl, who I really liked in the last book seemed like a presumptuous jerk in this book. Amy, Matt's sister has always been one of my least favorite characters. She's always mad and many times jumping to conclusions. I think the people and setting are believable in their time period. Sometimes Mr Griffin gives too much information and I just skip forward until the ...more
Joel Ungar
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was a pretty good one. Like other W.E.B. Griffin books, I don't read them expecting to be spellbound and unable to put them down. He has great characters (who tend to drink a lot and eat a lot of pastry) that you get to know and enjoy visiting with from time to time.

One thing I thought of while reading The Assassin is another common thread the Badge of Honors series seems to have with the Corps - the Corps started by focusing on Ken "Killer" McCoy, but then seemed to shift focus after sever
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
First off, I really enjoyed the Brotherhood of War series, I've read the set 3-4 times. I like how Griffin lets you see how the characters grow over time. That being said, I've been trying to enjoy his Badge of Honor series just as much. Meh, NOT so much. This, the 5th book in the series, was plodding along just as the first 4 had done, until.....the (anti) climax. The end was just abruptly...there. I'm not sure what his intent was, if any, or he just got tired of this storyline and BAM. I'll re ...more
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: overdrive
I consider this a pretty fair book. It's plots are interesting, but require a long, long time to develop: primary is God's plan to disintegrate the VPOTUS via a wacko bomber and secondarily a drug smuggling dirty cop scheme that detracts from the main plot by expanding the already long book. For some reason, Griffin felt the need to continue development of already explained police administrivia, delaying the ending interminably. The tried and true Griffin formula continues as Matt develops his s ...more
Johnny Williams
Oct 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it a lot-- This is the 5th in The Badge of Honor series -- so I am "hooked" -- I am deep into the characters and their backgrounds-- so my ratings are slanted to the positive-- I think you have to read the other 4 to appreciate the 5th-- This one pushes Matt Payne further into his career -- he his now a career cop -- and could never change his mind ( i think) -- the ending could have been a little more dramatic-- kind of let me down on the soft ending-- but I suppose that's really life a ...more
Carol Aselton Benoit
I like W.E.B. Griffin, but not sure on this book. The first 3 quarters of the book dealt with developing who the law enforcement characters were. It was developing the assassin too, but it seemed to me he was secondary. When you got to the last quarter, the plot and the assassin were very quickly figured out and squashed. This was one of his "Badge of Honor" series, I'll have to reach some more of them to decide what I think.
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Not as good as the other Badge Of Honor books, but still enjoyable. The only problem I had with this book is that not enough time was dedicated to the actual assassin in this book, and a great deal of time was spent on a narcotics smuggling plot with a bad cop. There was enough material here for two books, therefore the ending was somewhat rushed.
Sep 20, 2016 rated it did not like it
Wow. This author drones on and on with details of the Philadelphia police department organizational structure, and the payoff is so lame, so tepid.... I'll never understand why this book would rate more than one or two stars for anyone.
Pat Malon
The 1st book I read by this author was great. This one however; is not. I gave up after 100 pages. There were too many names, departments, organizations etc. I couldn't keep up with who was on 1st and who was at 2nd etc.
Normand Kosztko
Mar 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Good books .
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, fiction, police
Certainly not literary but I always enjoy, especially audio
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Paul Echols
Apr 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Took a long time to get going and then wrapped up too fast .
May 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: jim-read
Jim didn't much like this one.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Racist and sexist. Good story if not for that. Are all his books that way?
C.L. Swinney
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Pretty decent read. It was not as fast paced as some of the Shooter series, but it was a great read!
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Assassin (Marion Hammersmith) is planning to "disintegrate the VP who is going to visit Philadelphia. Really liked the book but thought the ending was anticlimactic.
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Just love this series. Can't wait to read more about Inspector Wohl and Detective Payne! (sigh)
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W.E.B. Griffin is one of several pseudonyms for William E. Butterworth III.

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W.E.B. Griffin is the #1 best-selling author of more than fifty epic novels in seven series, all of which have made The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and other best-seller lists. More than fifty million of the books are in print in more than ten languages, including Heb
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