Monday, October 15, 2012

Kregel Blog Tour Presents: The Sons of Jude (Sons of Jude series) by Brandt Dodson

A new series of gritty, fast-paced thrillers 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.

 About The Author
 Brandt Dodson was born and raised in Indianapolis, where he graduated from Ben Davis High School and, later, Indiana Central University (now known as The University of Indianapolis). It was during a creative writing course in college that a professor said, "You're a good writer. With a little effort and work, you could be a very good writer." That comment, and the support offered by a good teacher, set Brandt on a course that would eventually lead to the Colton Parker Mystery Series.

A committed Christian, Brandt combined his love for the work of Writers like Chandler and Hammet, with his love for God's word. The result was Colton Parker.

"I wanted Colton to be an 'every man'. A decent guy who tries his best. He is flawed, and makes mistakes. But he learns from them and moves on. And, of course, he gets away with saying and doing things that the rest of us never could."

Brandt comes from a long line of police officers, spanning several generations, and was employed by the FBI before leaving to pursue his education. A former United States Naval Reserve officer, Brandt is a board Certified Podiatrist and past President of the Indiana Podiatric Medical Association. He is a recipient of the association's highest honor, "The Theodore H. Clark Award".

He currently resides in southwestern Indiana with his wife and two sons and is at work on his next novel. 

My Review:

First I need to state that I received this book as a Christian read, but it really wasn't the case.  Andy Polanski, is a believer, but we don't find that out until a third of the way through the book.
The book itself is very good, and unfortunately all to believable. That in itself makes it sad, as the book is about corrupt Government and especially the Police of Chicago.
When an illegal, a young woman, is found murdered in a trash can on the pier, it begins a road to justice. You'll wonder right to the end of this book who is good and who is on the take. Really makes you feel unsafe and sick at the same time.
There is another book in this series Chicago Knights, and I hope it goes more to cleaning up this city.
Will Frank and Christy end up together, will Andy get out of the mess he is in? I should say that once you pick this book up you won't be able to put it down. Enjoy!

I received this book through Kregel Publications, and was not required to give a positive review.

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