After a couple of years without any new releases and few updates in between, I have confirmed that W.E.B. Griffin’s Badge of Honor series will continue in 2019 with The Attack.
The 14th book overall (and the first book in the series since 2016’s Broken Trust), The Attack — which Griffin co-authored with his son, William E. Butterworth IV — will follow Homicide Sergeant Matt Payne as he searches for a killer, ultimately stumbling upon a much bigger attack that’s being planned behind the scenes. Check out the official synopsis below.
A dead girl, a wealthy family, and indications of drug use. It’s a toxic mix that leads Philadelphia detective Matt Payne deep into an unexpected maelstrom of deceit and madness in the latest entry in the New York Times bestselling Badge of Honor series.
In the dark shadows of downtown Philadelphia, the body of a seventeen-year-old suburban high school cheerleader, clad only in her uniform top and with massive bruising on her throat, is found floating in the Delaware River.
When Homicide Sergeant Matt Payne surveys the scene, he shakes his head at yet another vicious murder in a city that’s suffering record number killings. And he knows this one, involving the petite pretty daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur, will play long and loud in the media.
Payne soon learns that the father had his vessel outfitted with miniature security cameras. Almost the entire crime was captured as digital video. Despite some imperfections, the video shows—in painful, shocking detail—what happened. And who the parents feared was responsible: The University of Pennsylvania student, an ill-mannered and arrogant Middle Easterner with movie star looks, who they had forbidden their daughter to see again.
Still, it’s not case closed. The murderer has gone underground. Payne races to find the killer before he can unleash an even more savage attack.
W.E.B. Griffin is the author of seven bestselling series: The Corps, Brotherhood of War, Badge of Honor, Men at War, Honor Bound, Presidential Agent, and Clandestine Operations. He lives in Fairhope, Alabama, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
William E. Butterworth IV has been a writer and editor for major newspapers and magazines for more than thirty years, has worked closely with his father for several years on the editing and writing of the Griffin books, and is the coauthor with him of eighteen novels, most recently Broken Trust and Death at Nuremberg. He lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Attack is slated to come out on August 27, 2019, though that date could change in the coming weeks and months. We’ll update this article just as soon as it’s available for pre-order.
Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.