Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Sons of Jude by Brandt Dodson

From the Back of the Book:

The body of a young woman is found in a dumpster in Chicago and detectives Andy Polanski and Frank Campello are charged with finding the killer. The two are polar opposites. Polanski is the son of a disgraced Chicago police officer and is fastidious about his reputation. He has also recently been transferred from another district having blown the whistle on some corrupt cops. Campello, however, takes a live-and-let-live approach to his life and job.

It soon becomes clear, as another young woman--a potential witness--is murdered, that a sex-trafficking operation in Chicago is preying on illegal aliens. As the ill-matched pair dig deeper, an influential alderman and his son are implicated. Then Polanski is framed for a narcotics offense, devastating the cases against the corrupt officers and the alderman. Only when Campello is challenged by a local minister, whom he meets when visiting Polanski, does he find the motivation to seek justice.

My Thoughts:

Brandt Dodson's new criminal justice series takes the best elements of some of my favorite procedural shows and breathes fresh life into the 'told-by-a-cop' type of story.

Detective Andy Polanski comes into Franks unit with a scarlet B on his uniform, for breaking down the implicit trust in the blue wall.  As a result, Andy has a difficult time figuring out who has his back and who wants to take him out back.

Detective Frank Campello have been heavily influenced by 'the Chicago Way' of operating (have no idea what I mean?  Catch a few reruns of the FOX show "The Chicago Code" and you will have a clue.  Campello is a no-nonsense cop, and he resents being paired up with the whistleblower.

Until the case takes on a life of its own, twisting and turning in directions no one could see coming.  Will Polanski and Campello have one anothers' backs or leave the partner behind?  Just how truly honorable is Polanski, and is Campello dancing on the dark side?

Written very well, "The Sons Of Jude" reads like a movie for the mind.  Not too much description to get bogged down in, but just enough that you see it as you read it.  A gift that not every author possesses.  I received a complimentary copy from Kregel in exchange for an honest review, and I honestly recommend this book.

This series would make a great gift for the male readers in your family...and then you can read them as well!

Happy Reading!



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