THE HUNTERS BECOME THE HUNTED!
Saint Jude is the patron saint of lost causes – and police officers. When Chicago detectives Frank Campello and Andy Polanski are assigned to investigate the murder of Trina Martinez it seems like an ordinary homicide. An unfortunate young girl in the wrong place at the wrong time has been brutally murdered. But their investigation is halted by a wall of silence, a wall erected by powerful interests that will render their inquiry a lost cause.
Then they enlist the support of reporter Christy Lee – and come under immediate fire. Polanski is arrested. Campello threatened. Christy is attacked.
It’s the case that every cop gets. The one that changes his life. The one where justice is elusive and the hunter becomes the hunted.
Frank Campello and Andy Polanski are The Sons of Jude.
Brandt was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, which he would later choose as the setting for his Colton Parker Mystery series. Although he discovered in grade school that he wanted to be a writer, it would be another twenty-one years before he would put pen to paper.
“I knew in fifth grade that I wanted to be a writer. Our teacher had given each of us a photograph which we were to use as inspiration for a short story. The particular photo I was given was of several young men playing handball in New York City. I don’t remember all of the particulars of the story now, but I do remember the thrill that writing it gave me.”
In high school, Brandt’s English teacher uncovered his growing desire and encouraged him by saying: “If you don’t write, you’ll regret it the rest of your life.” Same comment in college.
“But life intervened and I found myself working at a variety of jobs. I worked in the toy department of a local department store and fried chicken for a local fast food outlet. Over the course of the next several years I finished my college degree and worked for the Indianapolis office of the FBI, and served for eight years as a Naval Officer in the United States Naval Reserve. I also obtained my doctorate in Podiatric Medicine, and after completion of my surgical residency, opened my own practice. But I never forgot my first love. I wanted to write.”
Still, it would be another twelve years before Brandt was able to secure the publishing contract he so desperately desired.
“I began by writing the type of fiction that I enjoyed; I wrote edgy crime thrillers that were laced with liberal amounts of suspense. Over the years, I’ve begun to write increasingly more complex work by using broader canvases and themes.
Chicago Police Department. District 28 Headquarters.
Detective Frank Campello lost his partner, Rand Adams, during a shootout. Julio Lopez, the 28th district commander, is reassigning a transfer, Detective Andy Polanski, from District 31, to Campello. Considered a turncoat in the two districts for turning on two of the officers involved in another shootout in the 31st district, Campello wants nothing to do with him. But he has no choice in the matter. Lopez wants Campello to keep an eye on Polanski.
Campello and Polanski’s first investigation together is to investigate the homicide of Trina Martinez. No matter where they turn for tips, they ram into a wall of silence and powerful interest groups and criminals, which get them nowhere. Animosity reigns between the two detectives. So much so, that Frank keeps some information from his new partner.
Christy Lee is a newspaper reporter that thinks Polanski is on the up-and-up. She negotiates with Campello to get involved with the homicide, off the record, using her ‘tenacity, sound observation skills, and a hard-won knowledge of the human psyche’ to garner up information on everyone they suspect.
Brandt Dodson, in Sons of Jude, has ramped-up multiple plot twists that keep you intrigued from beginning to end. There are internal and external corruption and betrayals, but who is behind it in both sectors is what turns this book into a fast-paced thriller. You have multiple murders, but do they connect? Peter Green’s ego creates totally out of control behaviors that jeopardize well-laid plans.
Eventually Polanski is arrested, Campello is threatened and Christy is targeted for murder. Feathers are being ruffled, but the actors behind the scenes are still elusive. Instead of being the hunters, the three have become the hunted. Will they succeed in bringing down the power mongers before they lose their lives?
Personally, Polanski is haunted about all the circumstances because of his father’s actions, and he wants to exonerate his family. Will his Christian faith hold him together to end his grievances? He won’t back down, knowing God has his back one way or another.
For a high-riveted book of suspense, murder and betrayal, pick up Brandt Dodson’s ‘first in a series of gritty, past-paced crime thrillers with an ethical twist.’ Dodson is top-notch in his field of expertise!
This book was provided free by Noelle Pedersen of Kregel Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received.