When corrupt politicians, the Italian mob, and a dirty cop collude to take over a Northeast neighborhood, Walt is recruited for the most bizarre undercover assignments of his new career. When conventional police work fails to solve the case, once again his band of scrappy seniors come to the rescue.
In the process, the amazing discovery of a previously unknown session by a deceased rock & roll idol stuns the music industry. What should be a joyous occasion soon turns dark as lives are threatened.
All of your favorite characters, along with two lovable additions, are back to help Walt in his quest for justice.
Their adventures and misadventures are sure to keep you captivated - and splitting your sides!
©2010 Robert Thornhill (P)2016 Robert Thornhill
Not having read the print edition I am not really qualified to say. But that's not going to stop me:..
I cannot imagine any way of 'reading' this superbly written book better than that of listening to the 65 years old, newly enlisted cop, Walt William's personal reminiscences of his adventures both in and out of the police job, recounted through the voice of narrator, George Much. He brings Walt, with his grumbles, aches, pains and hilarious stories fully to life. It's like having a friend telling tales around the table (even if a few comments are a little too private to be heard in this way). And some of the situations are really laugh out loud funny, like Thanksgiving dinner, as well as all the dressing up for the undercover jobs he is asked to do.
Throughout it all, Kuch's steady, warm voice is the perfect Walt. In conversations, each character is clearly distinguishable but that hardly seems to matter: it is being Walt with all of his ideosyncracies that is important.
Walt is a great character and his friends are equally interesting, from his partner in the force to the retired con man, and the lady realtor to an unrelenting one liner comedian. The book is so packed with verbal and visual jokes (told in low key, grumpy-old-man way), that it is surprising that there is time left for the crime story. But there it is, mixed into the personal life of Walt and his friends.
Oh, this is such an enjoyable book and I am greatly indebted to the right's holder for gifting it to me, via Audiobook Boom. Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes is the second book in the series but completely stand alone. However,. I'm pretty certain that anyone listening to this who hasn't heard book one (Lady Justice Takes a C.R.A.P.) will immediately put it on their must get list. It's a hoot, too.
Me? I'm going to start on book three, now.
Thanks to Audiobookboom I was introduced to a new author. I really enjoyed this audiobook it was full of great one liners and had me laughing . I loved the characters and the fact that it shows that even though they were in the later years of their life they were able to make such a great contribution to their neighborhood
I was given a free review copy courtesy of AudiobookBoom.
"Even better than book one"
Loved this book. The metaphors to candy bars, Elvis songs, I am an Elvis fan, and the Thanksgiving scene is too funny. Well done, Robert. These characters crack me up.
"Fun, light weight police story"
In line with the first in the series.
Funny, fast paced and entertaining.
It tells more than one story and the characters are fun.
Don't expect intrigue or a surprise ending.
The narrator is a good match for the main character.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
"Groan-worthy jokes & dead bodies!"
Note: While this is Book 2 in the series, it works perfectly fine as a stand alone novel.
Walt Williams was a retired senior real estate agent but he felt he still had more in him. So he joined the Kansas City police force as part of their senior citizens outreach program. Now he and his partner, Ox, traipse around the more colorful sections of town in this tale. The mafia wants certain real estate freed up and use nearly every dirty trick there is to get people to sell. Meanwhile, one of Walt’s friends uncovered a lost rock and roll treasure that needs to be kept under tight wraps for now.
This was a fun light-hearted murder mystery. There’s lots of corny jokes and the plot is pretty straight forward. The characters are lovable in a good-will-always-win-out sort of way. I really liked how this book had so many seniors in it. Some still work. Some are retired. Several do volunteer duties. Walt’s girlfriend, Maggie, is still working as a realtor and that gives Walt a bit of an advantage as he looks into the unusual circumstances of some recent sales.
Throughout this book, Walt plays dress up, going undercover more than once. The locations of interest to Walt and the police department include some lively bars that cater to the LGBTQ community. While there are plenty of jokes from both Walt and his fellow officers, they felt rather dated, like something an older uncle would say and the next generation would be slightly embarrassed for him.
Speaking of the humor, there’s plenty of it in this book. Everything from a whoopee cushion to a stand-up comedian to one-line zingers to ribbing from fellow officers. Some of it was well timed and funny. Some of it was rather worn and just got a groan from me. Sometimes I felt like the author had a big book of jokes sitting beside him as he worked on this book and he felt obliged to put in at least 3 jokes per chapter.
I did enjoy the main plot concerning the mafia moving in and forcing owners to sell their houses or businesses cheap. The story did a good job of showing the various ways the mafia went about getting their way. They did everything from polite requests to buy outright to dirty trickery to intimidation to torching a place. At first Walt is the only officer that is interested in checking this out but as things escalate, the force in general becomes committed to putting an end to it.
The minor plot line, that dealing with the lost tapes of a rock and roll idol, didn’t really appeal to me. I just wasn’t into the R&R idol and therefore, this chunk of the book didn’t grab me. When the main plot line wrapped up, I still had about 1.5 hours of book to listen to! Well, that was mostly this second minor plot line and a big holiday celebration. They were cute but not nearly as interesting as the mafia.
All in all, it was a fun, quaint little mystery. If you’re looking for something light and, perhaps, a bit predictable, then this would be a good book to check out. For me, it was so-so.
I received a free copy of this book.
The Narration: George Kuch did a good job. He had an unexpected range of voices and even did a decent job with the female voices. His voice really fits well with the variety of seniors. There were a few times where I heard a few mouth noises but they didn’t distract from the narration.
"Similar to others in the series"
Similar to others in the series, book two in the Lady Justice Series takes us on a not-stop ride with senior citizen and police officer Walt Wittman which is full of humor. Just like the others in the series its has an over reaching thread but it’s really feels like a bunch of short stories where Walt moves from one ridiculous issue to the next. If you like the others in the series you’ll like this one as well.
"Another great hit"
Throwing Elvis in the mix of the many characters Walt had to play.
I love his accent and how he gives each character their own identity.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
"Fun characters, decent story, but narration issues"
I wrote a review for this a week or so ago but for some reason it's not here anymore. Or maybe I just forgot to finalize the review.
Anyway, I'm supposed to post this legal disclaimer that: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Moving on. I wish I'd saved a copy of my previous review so I wouldn't have to type this all up again. I'll try to remember what I said the first time but I think I'll forget. At any rate, this book was an enjoyable listen. It's the second one in the series, and by now I'm detecting certain patterns of predictable plot, etc. So if you're looking for something deep, this probably isn't really the series for you. But for some lighthearted entertainment, it works well. I actually liked this one a little better than the first book (which felt a bit short on overall plot), and there were moments where I literally laughed out loud at some of the antics and inner musings of the main character, Walt Williams.
However, I have to knock the overall score down a bit because of the narrator. It's not because he doesn't perform well, because he actually does a great job and feels like the perfect fit for the characters and story. But. There's a problem that I noticed more with this book than the first one. Mouth noise. By that I mean the extraneous noises/sounds/clicks our mouth makes when we talk. When they're recorded on a microphone they sound so loud and if they're not properly dealt with in audio processing, they tend to become very noticeable. Having said that, I'm a narrator as well so maybe I notice things like this more than the average person would. Still, it did interfere with the flow of the story for me, unfortunately.
But don't let that turn you way from giving this series a try. It's worth checking out.
Never read the book
Walt in the tranny outfit
I love the puns. I think one of the best things about this book is the interaction between Walt and his friends. Keep 'em coming. I received this audiobook for free from the author for my unbiased review.
"Great second book"
I listened to the first book in this series and was very happy to see that there was a book two. This listen picks up right where book one ends but I think it works as a stand alone as well.
I love this narrator. He is the perfect embodiment of Walt! That, in itself, is a treat.
There were some great backstories to the police efforts and I seriously loved the ending.
I hope there is a book three.
Being of an age, (late 50s) it is heartening to see the possibility of continued usefulness if only in fiction. I can identify with the protagonist both in experience and in the vicissitudes of age. I look forward to the continued adventures of Walt and am grateful to Robert Thornhill for the ride. George Kuch is an able narrator and I intend to avail my self of his other audible efforts. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher, Thanks.
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