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The Authorities™

av Scott Meyer

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Sinclair Rutherford is a young Seattle cop with a taste for the finer things. Doing menial tasks and getting hassled by superiors he doesn't respect are definitely not "finer things." Good police work and bad luck lead him to crack a case that changes quickly from a career-making break into a high-profile humiliation when footage of his pursuit of the suspect--wildly inappropriate murder weapon in hand--becomes an Internet sensation.But the very publicity that has made Rutherford a laughing stock in the department lands him what could be the job opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to work with a team of eccentric experts, at the direction of a demanding but distracted billionaire. Together, they must solve the murder of a psychologist who specialized in the treatment of patients who give people "the creeps."There is no shortage of suspects.… (mer)
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Not bad, but not really all that funny in the end. I found the main character, Sinclair Rutherford, or just Rutherford, to be something of those characters that are easily trod upon by others, or get walked all over because he lacks a certain amount of decisiveness. On the other hand, Rutherford isn't stupid or lacking in knowledge, he just lacks the support of either family or colleagues that would have made his decisions different. As it is, however, he just gets swept up in events and finds his life not only uprooted, but quite thoroughly turned on its head.

Though the other characters were all right, they essentially filled in all the slots of the stereotypical team: a seemingly know-it-all old duffer, the tech wiz, the enigmatic brains of the outfit, the professor, and the manager, all working for a rich guy with more money than brains, but who has a killer instinct for making that money. Much as I would have liked it, the setup was just a little too silly for me, and I like silly (think along the lines of the show Leverage).
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  fuzzipueo | Apr 24, 2022 |
his originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader as part of a quick takes post is to catch up on my "To Write About" stack—emphasizing pithiness, not thoroughness.
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This is a comedic police procedural with a dash of SF. A beat cop who ends up featured on a very embarrassing viral video gets the opportunity to capitalize on his inadvertent fame by becoming the face of an oddball group of crime fighting experts assembled by a tech guru to revolutionize policing.

This screams TV movie as backdoor pilot to an 80s TV show. I could see this as a pretty long-running series. I'm guessing the sales weren't there--or maybe Meyer didn't have a second novel in him (maybe it was a stand-alone all along?)--because there hasn't been a follow-up. With something that feels so much a kick-off to a series, the fact that there's nothing more takes a little of the shine off the ending. Just a little.

I enjoyed this--decent mystery, great cast of suspects--great cast of characters period--fun set up, solid (and goofy) execution. Lots of fun.

The narration on this was done by Luke Daniels, who I am an unabashed fan of, I'm not going to waste anyone's time talking about what a great job he did with this one, because it's obvious. ( )
  hcnewton | Sep 1, 2021 |
I enjoyed this. Probably because it was quirky without being too insane.

I liked Rutherford. I could identify with him about not really knowing what's going on, but doing his b best. I think he did a great job. ( )
  nmorandi | Jul 16, 2021 |
I greatly enjoyed Scott Meyer's Magic 2.0 series. He writes with a quirky and humorous slant which i find relaxing and fun. In addition, the book is narrated by Luke Daniels, one of my very favorite narrators, who never fails to bring a book to life. This book could possibly be the first in a new series. If so, i'd be delighted. The book did not disappoint me at all. It is as quirky and strange as his other books and the story has you rooting for the main character from the start. Lots of unexpected twists and very interesting characters. At its heart, it is a book about a team of specialized police investigators, but it is so much more than that. Each of the characters have different abilities and roles and watching the main character fit into the team and prove his value will keep you listening, and then looking for excuses to listen longer than you had intended. ( )
  JohnKaess | Jul 23, 2020 |
Enjoyable. ( )
  josh513 | Feb 3, 2018 |
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Sinclair Rutherford is a young Seattle cop with a taste for the finer things. Doing menial tasks and getting hassled by superiors he doesn't respect are definitely not "finer things." Good police work and bad luck lead him to crack a case that changes quickly from a career-making break into a high-profile humiliation when footage of his pursuit of the suspect--wildly inappropriate murder weapon in hand--becomes an Internet sensation.But the very publicity that has made Rutherford a laughing stock in the department lands him what could be the job opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to work with a team of eccentric experts, at the direction of a demanding but distracted billionaire. Together, they must solve the murder of a psychologist who specialized in the treatment of patients who give people "the creeps."There is no shortage of suspects.

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