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Benefit of the doubt, Neal C. Griffin

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Benefit of the doubt
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Benefit of the doubt
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Neal C. Griffin
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eng
Summary
"Neal Griffin is a twenty-five year veteran of law enforcement. He's seen it all, from routine patrols to drug enforcement to homicide investigations, from corrupt cops to men and women who went far above and beyond the call of duty. Benefit of the Doubt is a gripping thriller that exposes the dark underbelly of policing in small-town America, where local police departments now deal with big-city crimes and corruption. Ben Sawyer was a big-city cop, until he nearly killed a helpless suspect in public. Now a detective in the tiny Wisconsin town where he and his wife grew up, Ben suspects that higher-ups are taking payoffs from local drug lords. Before long, Ben is off the force. His wife is accused of murder. His only ally is another outcast, a Latina rookie cop. Worse, a killer has escaped from jail with vengeance on his mind, and Newburg--and Ben Sawyer--in his sights"--
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  • In a moment of lost control, straitlaced police officer Ben Sawyer becomes the poster child for police brutality, and he’s forced to accept his father-in-law’s job offer back home at the Newberg, Wisconsin, PD. When his father-in-law suffers a stroke, Ben is left supervising a crop of contemptuous detectives and struggling to right his ethical compass. Ben senses something amiss with new chief Walter Jorgensen and Detective Doyle McKenzie, probably involving crooked narcotics operations, and he makes it clear that he doesn’t intend to look the other way. Then Ben’s wife is arrested for the murder of a local coffee-shop owner who is rumored to be her lover, and Ben finds himself forgoing the rules to find the truth behind his wife’s certain framing. With help from rookie cop Tia Suarez, Ben uncovers a puzzling array of suspicious arrests connected to the Newberg PD. Penned by a veteran police officer, this debut boasts the creepy, dangerous feel of the film Cape Fear and offers a compelling portrait of ethical burdens that often come with bearing a badge. -- Tran, Christine (Reviewed 05-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 17, p20)
  • At the start of Griffin’s uneven debut, Harlan Lee, fresh out of a 17-year stint in a Wisconsin prison, murders the girlfriend of the prosecuting attorney who figured in his imprisonment—the first of many well-planned and often grisly acts of revenge. Harlan sets his sights on the small town of Newberg, Wis., the home of another potential revenge target, cop Ben Sawyer, who has his own haunting backstory. An ill-advised encounter with a fugitive in Oakland, Calif., resulted in Ben’s resignation and an ignominious return to Wisconsin. In Newberg, he’s an outsider, mistrusted by his fellow officers. Further complicating Ben’s life is an increasing estrangement from his wife and son. Things in Newberg are tense, and they just get more so as Harlan zeroes in on Ben. Griffin is at his best in presenting the culture of the contemporary police force—his previous career was in law enforcement—though the plot itself feels dated, like a 1950s muckraking thriller. Agent: Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 9, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 10, p)
  • Harlan Lee, paroled after serving 17 years for murder, is bent on revenge against anyone involved in his arrest, including former Newberg, WI, police chief Lars Norgaard, who, after suffering a stroke, is an invalid. Ben Sawyer, Norgaard's son-in-law, fired from the Oakland, CA, police department for excessive use of force, returns to Newberg, where Norgaard hires him as a detective. When participants in Lee's jailing start getting arrested themselves and random killings occur, the current Newberg police chief is on high alert. But his concern may be self-serving. When Sawyer's wife (Norgaard's daughter) is taken into custody for homicide, Sawyer gets involved to prove her innocence. VERDICT This debut novel by a 25-year police veteran is a well-written and action-packed crime thriller, featuring well-drawn characters who range from despicable to honest. With only one ally in the department, Sawyer must conquer his self-doubts and overcome the antagonism and corruption of other officers to solve the case, in the process transforming himself from disgraced cop to hero cop. This also sets up the next installment of what promises to be a popular series.— Edward Goldberg, Syosset P.L., NY --Edward Goldberg (Reviewed April 15, 2015) (Library Journal, vol 140, issue 7, p76)
  • Griffin's debut novel propels readers into the chilling worlds of big-money drugs, small-town corruption, and a murderer who strikes without conscience. Vicious killer Harlan Lee's out of prison, but his plans don't include leading a redemptive life: all Lee has on his mind is revenge against the people who put him there. First to suffer is William Petite, the district attorney who put him away. Afterward, Lee heads for Newberg, Wisconsin, to finish what he started by systematically going through the rest of the players involved in his case, including both a former sheriff, Lipinski, and Norgaard, Newberg's retired police chief. But Norgaard's institutionalized and almost not worth bothering with until Lee discovers the elderly man's family: Ben Sawyer, a disgraced Oakland officer now with the Newberg police; Alex, Ben's wife and Norgaard's daughter; and their son, Jake. Ben, a good cop with a career-changing mistake behind him, hated returning to Newberg, where he and Alex grew up, and longs for his old life. Now Lee, as well as Ben's current chief of police, Jorgenson, and his thoroughly evil narcotics head, McKenzie, have it in for him, and there's no limit to how far they'll go. Griffin instinctively creates a compelling atmosphere, but the bad guys in this novel—who seemingly include every law enforcement officer in the state of Wisconsin—are so plentiful and consummately evil that readers won't ever look the same way at the patrol cars they pass. And that's the novel's biggest issue: Griffin has created characters so vile and depraved that the book reads like a Hannibal Lector convention. As a plus, Griffin is a cop in real life, which adds authenticity and the patina of the real deal to his work. Over-the-top evil turns this otherwise excellent first novel into an exercise in extremes, but even at its worst, Griffin's work proves superior to the unrealistic fare that often passes for a police thriller.(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2015)
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10414703
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Griffin, Neal
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3607.R54845
LC item number
B46 2015
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Newberg novel
Series volume
1
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  • Murder
  • Police
  • Revenge
Target audience
adult
Label
Benefit of the doubt, Neal C. Griffin
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book"
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
348 pages
Isbn
9780765338501
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
2015012420
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 906171987
  • (OCoLC)906171987
Label
Benefit of the doubt, Neal C. Griffin
Publication
Note
"A Tom Doherty Associates book"
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
348 pages
Isbn
9780765338501
Isbn Type
(cloth)
Lccn
2015012420
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 906171987
  • (OCoLC)906171987

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