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The Traffickers (Badge Of Honor, #9) (Badge of Honor #9)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,484 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Griffin’s popular Badge of Honor police series returns, with a story of murder and lawlessness as compelling as today’s headlines.

Just as with his remarkable military novels, millions of readers have been captured by the rich characters and vivid realism of W. E. B. Griffin’s police dramas. “Griffin has the knack,” writes The Philadelphia Inquirer. “He sets his novel befo
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Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars ~ Enjoyable read but not great.

I believe some of the newer Griffin readers are missing the boat. 2 things one should note ref Griffin. First and foremost, THE Griffin is 85+ years of age which most likely means he is NOT writing anymore, merely lending his name / legacy to his son and the son is no WEB Griffin. Hence the latest versions of all of his series are not nearly as good as the older ones.

Secondly, the books do repeat a lot of old information and tidbits as that is how he has
Jul 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Andrea by: KT via B&N
An interesting plot mired down under the weight of having to constantly announce that it takes place in Philly. Seriously, one or two landmarks per chapter would suffice; this reads more like a travelogue to the seedier side of the city. And does the author really need to explain twice that salsa is sorta like spicy ketchup? Hellooo! It's been outselling ketchup nationwide for about a decade now. And if there's a Philly cop out there who doesn't know what cojones are, someone needs to take his/h ...more
Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like The Badge of Honor series. I like the main characters and feel as if I know them. The stories are interesting and keep my attention. The main complaint I have is all the dialogue describing a scene or what someone is thinking, it can go on for pages. Then there are the text messages that are sometimes 4 or 5 pages. To me this is just padding. I skip tons of descriptive narrative until I see the characters talking again. Also each book describes the same people, their relationships, ...more
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have enjoyed this series until this book. It's much less a police procedural than a thinly veiled diatribe against gun control and immigration, ending with the bad guy being executed by one of the "good guys", who launched into a spiel about why this was good for the US in general and Philly in particular. Devoutly hope this is not an indicator for the rest of the series
Lisa Ford
Dec 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this as a book on tape. This was the first one in this series that I read. Right from the beginning, I thought he overdid it on the overused cliches. The plot was okay but the writing was tiresome to get through. I felt like the author wrote it quickly just to have another novel completed.
Sep 18, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't wait to finish it so I could start something better; but for some reason I felt compelled to find out how it ended. Drugs, human trafficking, cowboys and cops. I now need a break from W.E.B. Griffin.
Feb 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2018
Matt, helps the Texas Ranger's find a Mexican Drug Lord who is chopping the heads off of women
Feb 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A reader of mystery books for years, I looked forward to reading a new author with a book rating of 3.92. However, this book was a great disappointment. Don't waste your time.
D. Marie
Mar 21, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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I was looking forward to this book, as Griffin is very adept at telling a story, but since he has began handing off the reigns I find the quality of the writing to not be all that great.

Don't get me wrong, its not that its bad, just not the level i had come to expect, i found the addition of some characters to be moot, and completely outside the scope of the story, why the Ranger character was brought in seems to be unnecessary as well as formulaic, Griffin novels, always seem to have east coas
May 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I wonder at my inability to put pieces together. In this case, it's character names - the main character being a police officer who has lost several people close to him and who has shot people in the line of work. Last name Payne. His wise superior at work, last name Washington. 2 other characters with last names Law and Justice. Subtlety, apparently, is not Griffin's strong suit. And yet I didn't notice it until book 9 in this series. To be fair, it's not like one looks for deep meani ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Not quite as good as the rest of the Badge of Honor series, this one is still worth any WEB Griffin fan's time. This was also definitely one of the fastest reads I've had in a long time. As a result, it was a little disappointing that I was able to finish it in about 8 hours because the story was not as well-developed as it could have been. The plot was not as detailed as many of Griffin's earlier works, and parts of the story-line seemed to bog down in background details that weren't accompanie ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I started this series a few months ago and loved it I read back to back and just finished the traffickers. All the previous books were very good they seemed realistic with flawed heroes but made larger than life and lucky to they had no magic voice n their heads telling them how to solve a crime I loved em this 1 kinda annoyed me though because seemed to list everything b. Most of the characters from the previous books weren't in it at all and isn't that abc listing annoying then Payne the ...more
Chloe Sturgill
This book is mainly about drug trafficking, human trafficking, and sex trafficking, and the different businesses that trafficking creates and how it destroys families and how it impacts peoples lives. It has about three different stories that all are happening during the same time and all some how relate to each other in the end. It is a pretty good book and would probably be a fast read if you have time to sit down and just read it. This author is one of my favorites and has many books out that ...more
El Gato Heroin and Sex Slave Smuggling Caper. Seemingly unconnected crimes occur all in one day, the beheading of a Latino girl of which attracts the attention of the Texas Ranger, who send SGT Jim Byrth to investigate. A successful 'coyote' from the border has set up a network to infiltrate illegals into Philly and pawn them as sex slaves and gardeners to work off their fees. Matt finds Miss Right in a hospital where his sister works, and she fits the bill of putting up with cops. El Gato begin ...more
Jul 26, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

A convenient love story intertwines w. the mystery, which involves a psycho first-generation Mexican who traffics -- a la title -- in illegal aliens.

Interesting to see that a Mexican immigrant exposed to the bad guy's work -- he finds the head of one female Mexican sex slave to punish another, who has escaped) -- does does some detective work on his own.

Thought it was a far-fetched device - deus ex machina - to have a Texas Ranger come to Philly to help solve the crime. Even
Sep 19, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am a fan of historical fiction and of military fiction and as such, I have read (and enjoyed immensely) approximately 43 W.E.B. Griffin books. I’m not sure why Griffin seems to be passing the baton to his son William E. Butterworth IV (starting with “The Saboteurs (Men at War #5)”), but it seems to be that “IV” has fumbled the delivery. Once again Griffin is allowing “IV" to degrade an ongoing series with this book “The Traffickers (Badge of Honor #7)”. If Griffin ever restarts his “The Corps ...more
The Traffickers is a part of Griffin's Badge of Honor series. So it is the best. Griffin is a great storyteller and The Traffickers is fast paced and enjoyable. Griffin's books are always enjoyable and they are like a literary Snickers bar won't fill you up but you are satisfied.

The best part of The Traffickers was that it made me think about my views on immigration and the drug war. While not changing my views made me think how much of an issue this is and what are the solutions.

I highly recco
This Badge of Honor book by Griffin follows the drug scene in Philadelphia. The drug trade is causing problems and Matt Payne is in the middle of it. 2 of his friends are severely hurt in a meth lab explosion and he starts to investigate their murder only to be asked to babysit a Texas Ranger who is coming to hunt for a drug dealer who cuts off women’s heads. The cases come together and a showdown ensues when Payne’s girlfriend is kidnapped. OK book but they seem to rush the story line along at ...more
Aug 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A continuation of the "Badge of Honor" series (number 9)...of all Griffin's series, it is the one I like the best...Mathew Payne has a compelling back-story and creates, for me at least, a character I desire to know more about and I look forward to the continued the title implies this one will deal with "south of the border" issues resolved with the help of a new character from the Texas Rangers...maybe the start of a new series???
Joel Ungar
Sep 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Definite difference in this book - first in the series where it was co-written with his son. Much more on the bad guys than usual.

First 200 or so pages was kind of dull. Final 100 pages were pretty good.

The book also displays a typical Griffin hallmark - the story all of the sudden and rather undramatically resolves in the last 8 pages.

I don't think Peter Wohl even appears in this book.
Dec 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe I have read of W.E.B. Griffin's books - and have read some of them twice - but I found this one to be just ok. It is part of his police series - badge of honor which stars Philidelphia detective sgt. Matt Paine. Matt becomes involved with traffickers in drugs and illegal immigrants from central america. The bad guys are bad and the cops are smart, but some of the characters did not make sense.
Kristin R
Griffin does not disappoint! I couldn't wait to read the latest in the Badge of Honor series and it was exceptional. The audio reader was fantastic, however I think it makes it a bit more graphic than traditional reading. As always the drama unfolds in Philadelphia and in this book also in Texas and deals with illegal immigrants and trafficking of the immigrants. Most of the regular characters (family and other police officers) make an appearance in this book mainly starring Matt Payne.
Jul 29, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining, easy to read, with good characters. The author continues a very good series with another quality addition to it. The book stands alone on its own, but also continues the story line nicely and leaves the reader looking forward to the next one.
There are probably no life lessons or morals to be gained from this book, and it will probably not affect your life in any way, but like most of his other novels, it's like watching a good movie.
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For 300 pages, this was a five star read. Griffin created a fast-paced, yet detailed and totally engrossing story about immigrants, those who would violently take advantage of their plight and the police who work to arrest those who would do so. And then, with tension at its peak, the author rushes through the last 30 plus pages to reach a satisfactory but hurried end. Good book that could have been great.
Aug 14, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to rate this better than average because he's my favorite author. This is the third co-write with one of his sons. I thought it was the best of those, though there may have been some continuity errors in the "little histories" that he provides to give context at the beginning of the novel. On the other hand it may be my memory is faulty; it has been a while since I read the Matt Payne stories.
Sep 11, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel much better after I get my latest fix of WEB Griffin. The Investigators is Griffin's errr Butterworth's weakest effort besides "Men at War". But even a weak, straight line plot, slightly heavy handed Griffin is better than most writers in getting your attention, keeping it and making the pages turn faster and faster.
WEB Griffin is my guilty pleasure.
Michael Welge
Too much Butterworth & not enough Griffin...
Matt Payne has always been the central character in this series, but he was always surrounded by a large collection of interesting supporting characters. Junior (W.E.B.IV) seems to have chucked most of them to the curb, with the book losing much by their loss...
Aug 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kelly by: Dad
It had been a long time since I'd last read anything by W.E.B. Griffin -- the last books of his I read were the Corps books when I was thirteen or so. W.E.B. Griffin (and son) do plot very, very well. Romance . . . not so much. That's okay, though -- I was definitely not reading this book for the romance.
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