This review is over ‘Crime of Privilege’ by Walter Walker. This novel was published May 28, 2013 by Ballantine Books. Full Disclosure: I received Crime of Privilege as an ARC book for free through the Goodreads First Reads program.
Rating: 3 Stars, but if I was able to I would rate it at 3.5 stars.
Anyone with an interest in politics will be eerily reminded of the Ted Kennedy Chappaquiddick incident while reading this book. A lawyer name George Becket is pulled into a story full of political corruption and deceit which could very well be his undoing or salvation. Somehow George is directly tied to not only a rape but pulled into a murder investigation that spans three continents. His investigation involves a prominent high society family whose political ties and powerful allies tend to keep their reputation from being tainted. As George continues his search to prove the families guilt he finds skeletons in closets he didn’t know exist as well as friends that were enemies bought by greed. As he struggles for redemption George is pulled into the world of the truly wealthy and must come to grips with the decisions he must make.
In the beginning I felt the story was slow to develop but half way through I could not put it down. The mystery involving the whereabouts’ of those present the night of the murder peaked my interest. As the story unfolded I not only wanted George to solve the crime but I wanted justice to be served. Mr Walker created characters that were as complex as the story itself not to mention adequately describing the arrogance of the rich and famous.