A Review of Crime of Privilege: A Novel by Walter Walker

Crime of PrivilegeCrime of Privilege: A Novel

by Walter Walker

Of course you get the Kennedy vibe when you read this. There is a wealthy, liberal, political family with a home in Cape Cod. But the story is more about George Becket, and how his turmoil and inner conflict over his lack of action during a disturbing sexual molestation of an intoxicated young woman, leads to his dissatisfaction with his life.

George is threatened by a vicious representative of the wealthy father of the girl he stood by and watched be raped by two of the Gregory family. He is told that his life will be a living hell as long as he keeps the rape covered up. George is not a brave man, nor is he a brilliant lawyer, but after discovering that he had been betrayed by his ex-wife and one of his few friends, he realizes that he can’t continue to live with his life as a pawn of the Gregory’s. He then decides that he is willing to take on the powerful Gregory family, even if it will most likely cost him his job as an Assistant District Attorney.

Mr. Walker has written an interesting story, with the protagonist, George Becket, portrayed as a troubled, slightly incompetent lawyer. You get the feeling that George is a bit of an outcast without much of a backbone, but he seems to get smarter and stronger as the book goes on. There are some plot twists and surprises to keep you reading.

Overall this was a good read. I liked the book and give it 4 stars out of 5 and a Thumbs Up.

I received this book for free from NetGalley.com.

Book Description

Release date: June 18, 2013

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 questions. Not the police. Not the prosecutors. And certainly not George Becket, a young lawyer toiling away in the basement of the Cape & Islands district attorney’s office. George has always lived at the edge of power. He wasn’t born to privilege, but he understands how it works and has benefitted from it in ways he doesn’t like to admit. Now, an investigation brings him deep inside the world of the truly wealthy—and shows him what a perilous place it is.

Years have passed since a young woman was found brutally slain at an exclusive Cape Cod golf club, and no one has ever been charged. Cornered by the victim’s father, George can’t explain why certain leads were never explored—leads that point in the direction of a single family—and he agrees to look into it.

What begins as a search through the highly stratified layers of Cape Cod society, soon has George racing from Idaho to Hawaii, Costa Rica to France to New York City. But everywhere he goes he discovers people like himself: people with more secrets than answers, people haunted by a decision years past to trade silence for protection from life’s sharp edges. George finds his friends are not necessarily still friends and a spouse can be unfaithful in more ways than one. And despite threats at every turn, he is driven to reconstruct the victim’s last hours while searching not only for a killer but for his own redemption.

Advance praise for Crime of Privilege

“Walter Walker combines an experienced attorney’s sense of our flawed criminal justice system with a natural storyteller’s gift. Crime of Privilege is a twisting, engrossing, irresistible detective story.”—William Landay, author of Defending Jacob

Crime of Privilege is not only a first-class legal thriller, it is an astute examination of our society and how we are corrupted by power and money. The rich are indeed different; they get away with murder. An absolutely engrossing read from beginning to end. Not only is it a well told story of crime and punishment, but also a finely nuanced tale of sin and redemption.”—Nelson DeMille

Crime of Privilege is wonderfully written, and Walter Walker has a great talent, the God-given kind that can’t be taught or learned or acquired, and the reader knows it from the first paragraph of the book. The characters are complex and interesting yet also emblematic of all the players in the class war, which is the stuff of all epic stories. I love the protagonist, and I also love the portrayal of the world of the very rich. There is something about the very rich that is hard to describe, but Walter Walker got them in the camera’s lens perfectly.”—James Lee Burke

“A gripping, chilling tale that pits privilege against pride, with a not-entirely-innocent man caught in the untenable middle.”—Chris Pavone, New York Times bestselling author of The Expats

Product Details

Hardcover: 432 pages

Publisher: Ballantine Books (June 18, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0345541537

ISBN-13: 978-0345541536

Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

About the Author

Walter Walker is a trial lawyer in San Francisco. He lives in Marin County, California, and on Cape Cod.

The book description is from Amazon. Crime of Privilege: A Novel

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