Feb 062013

Review: The Sons of Jude

Review: The Sons of JudeThe Sons of Jude by Brandt Dodson
Published by Monarch Books on Jul 20, 2012
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Format: eBook from Author
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was an intriguing police drama that was full of twists, turns and surprises. While there was lots of action, the characters were the focus of the story. They were very complex, with realistic depth and personality. Each person was unique and seemed very real. I was impressed by the amount of work that went into creating such complex characters.

There was one character who was very religious, and yet it only popped up a few times. Each time it seemed like a surprise because while it was obvious that religion was very important to the character, it was also very personal. The religious angle wasn’t played up, instead it was simply part of that character’s make-up. Much the way a deep seated faith appears in a real person, it was subtle, but once revealed, seemed natural and important.

I really enjoyed the story as a stand alone book, up until the WTF moment in the last paragraph. I’m not usually a fan of cliffhanger endings, but this one was done very well. The cliffhanger was more of a surprise reveal, and came out of nowhere. I really want to read the next book, but I think it will have huge implications and want to see it play out.

Overall, I say well done. Police dramas tend to be forumlaic and predictable, and this book was anything but. Not the standard action-thriller, this book was full of in depth characters who stood out for their complexity. I would definitely recommend this book, and will have to explore the author’s other books while waiting for a sequel to be released.

  One Response to “Review: The Sons of Jude”

  1. Thank you so very much for taking the time to review my work: “The Sons of Jude”.
    I like the tag line on your website header. “Life is a handful of short stories pretending to be a novel”. Very true.

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