Friday, October 19, 2012

The Sons of Jude by Brandt Dodson

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, a payback for bringing 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.

About the author:

Brandt Dodson comes from a long line of police officers dating back more than seventy years on both sides of his family. In addition, he was employed with the Indianapolis office of the FBI. He has lived in Chicago and travels to the city annually.

Here is my review of this suspenseful read:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Brandt Dodson and his publisher for sending me a copy of "The Sons of Jude" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

I don’t know why I was surprised by Brandt Dodson’s “The Sons of Jude”. This wonderful novel captured my attention from page one and held me hostage until I devoured the last words. Dodson writes from experience, and it shows. The details of our protagonist’s story engaged me on several levels: emotional, spiritual and intellectual, primarily. These details could only be penned by one who experienced them.

Frank Campello is a seasoned police officer who has recently lost his partner in a shooting. Andy Polanski is a recent transfer to the 28th precinct and a “troublemaker”. When Frank is saddled with Polanski as his new partner so he can keep an eye on him, his troubles intensify. Although resistant to the pairing, Campello maintains professionalism as these colliding worlds begin to crumble. Reporter

Christy Lee is staying close to Polanski, waiting for a break in what promises to be a juicy story of police corruption. But the nightmare that has unleashed itself upon the Chicago cops has found its way to Lee’s doorstep as well. The three must work together to defeat the true foe in this thrilling, suspenseful read.

1 comment:

Teena in Toronto said...

I liked this book.