The Sons of Jude

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Title: The Sons of Jude
Series: Sons of Jude
Author: Brandt Dodson
Publisher: Kregel/Monarch
Published: September 1, 2012
Pages: 320

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Detective Frank Campello just lost his partner in an ambush and is now trying to get things back to normal while trying to do his job. When he’s paired with Detective Andy Polanski, a man who told of a crime involving two officers and a man whom he has no respect, he is just trying to keep his contempt for the man in check. Together they’re assigned to the homicide of Trina Martinez and what seems like an open-shut case. An unfortunate girl at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Little do they know, nothing is as it seems. They start uncovering a huge secret and a determination to keep it a secret. A wall of silence formed by powerful interests halts their progress and makes their inquiries a lost cause. Not only does their investigation stir up trouble but it puts everyone involved lives in danger. A simple case with anew partner turns into a nightmare.

Enlisting the help of reporter Christy Lee, a stubborn journalist that refuses to give up on a story she knows is important, puts them under immediate fire. With Christy’s help they hope to fight the system and hopefully smoke out the criminals. As they start to have a growing respect for each other, they start to find out that this secret is a lot bigger than they thought.

Will Frank ever be able to see why Andy did what he did to his fellow officers or will he forever view him as a snitch? Will the trio be able to catch the elusive killer or will they end up just another victim? How will the trio fight a system that wants to keep this secret buried as deep as it can get?
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I’ve never been a huge fan of police suspense. I feel like they’re pretty much predictable and this book didn’t change my opinion in that respect, but it did try. Though this book has a pretty predictable storyline, it ended on a nice nail biter with an interesting cliffhanger. Though cliffhangers drive me crazy, I do like them, they make me want to read the next book in the series, so it’s safe to say that I have a love-hate relationship with cliffhangers.

Like I said, the storyline is pretty predictable. It involves mob influence, corrupt politicians, and curry or cops. Sounds pretty typical of every police story ever right? However, despite its predictability, the authors execution of the novel was flawless. Coming from a long of police officers and being previously employed by the FBI, I would expect no less and he showed his knowledge perfectly about the subject.

There’s even a little bit of romance in the book if you can believe it. It didn’t interfere with the storyline and was a nice little side story. It wasn’t forced and wasn’t really touched and it’s basically the average romance written by a man. There but not at the forefront of your mind. I appreciated the effort and felt that this romance was fit nicely into the storyline.

As far as the suspense goes, there’s really no question as to who did, just why did it happen. A nice angle but I prefer the question of who not how and why. However, it was handled nicely and shows the author’s skill in not only police but in suspense writing as well. This suspense is different from what I normally choose or prefer and I don’t think that’s going to change, but I do want to read more by this author.

This author’s execution of this novel is flawless and I loved how it turned out. I intend to at least read the next books in this series. After the cliffhanger, I feel like I have to to find out what’s really going down at CPD. I encourage this author to continue doing what he’s doing because he’s amazing at it. Though he didn’t fully convert me to police fiction fan, he did change a few opinions I have about the genre, including that all of them are boring. I intend to keep an eye on this author and suggest you do the same.

Overall, this book is a good police suspense and is perfect for fans of the genre. I highly recommend this book for fans of books about police officers. I give this book a three and a half out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

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