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Crime of Privilege
by Walter Walker
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Ballantine, 2013 (2013)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Walter Walker's Crime of Privilege addresses the bystander's responsibility as a witness to crime, especially in the case that the perps are amongst society's most privileged.

As a student, George Becket witnesses rape at a party to which he had been invited by wealthy friends from influential backgrounds. Though it seemed initially consensual and he does eventually step in to halt what's going on, it was not a good scene. The party was held at the Palm Beach mansion of influential Senator Gregory of Massachusetts.

When asked to testify by an agent of the girl's father, George makes a bad choice. And after the victim kills herself, her father unleashes relentless, unending pressure against Becket, who ends up as a lowly ADA in Cape Cod, given the job by his old connections. There, another case involving the Gregorys intrudes on his peace of mind. Bill Telford has never stopped pressing the DA's office for further investigation of the unsolved murder of his daughter Heidi almost nine years before. He pushes George hard to look into it.

Haunted by his guilt over the prior case that ruined his life, George begins to investigate, and gets into deeper and deeper trouble. His quest takes him to Idaho, Costa Rica, Hawaii and France. He's shot at, kidnapped, knifed, and suspected of murder before it's all over. And when it is, 'the Gregorys have gotten away again', leaving our hero with only one option. Curious what it is? Read Crime of Privilege and you'll find out; it's well worth your time.

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