Monday, September 12, 2011

Betrayal by Jerry B. Jenkins - Don't Miss This One!

 I didn’t know what to expect when I opened the latest book from Jerry Jenkins called Betrayal. Yep, the author is the same guy that with Tim LaHaye wrote all those Left Behind books.

Other than Left Behind, what I know about Jerry Jenkins are varied and sundry tidbits of information. He used to live in my neck of the woods, the Chicago burbs. He’s a very good friend of some people from my church, and a writer friend of mine used to see him at family reunions. He worked for Moody Publishers for a long while and wrote many biographies about sports figures. A few years ago he purchased the Christian Writers Guild, a correspondence school for writers, and has built it into a premiere go-to place for writers of both fiction and non-fiction to learn the craft. Then soon after that left Chicago for Colorado Springs. Now who would want a visual of Pike’s Peak out one’s window to inspire their muse when you can have the Midwestern plains?
Betrayal is a police story set right in the heart of the Chicago Police Department and Cook County Jail. Fast paced with short chapters that keep you turning pages.

As a resident of the area affectionately known as Chicagoland, I loved have the story set right here and being able to visualize the settings. Jerry knows the city well and he writes it well. Although I had not read the first book in this series called District 11, I had no problem picking up the storyline. It works very well as a stand-alone book.

Detective Boone Drake has just pulled off the most massive sting in Chicago history, bringing down the heads of not only the biggest street gangs in the city but also the old crime syndicate. The story is the biggest in decades, and the Chicago Police Department must protect the key witness at all costs. Yet despite top-secret plans to transfer the witness ahead of his testimony before the grand jury, an attempt is made on his life.

It soon becomes apparent that someone inside the Chicago PD leaked information to the shooter. As evidence mounts and suspicion points too close to home, Boone doesn’t know whom he can trust. An investigation reveals that the turncoat might be someone very close to him, even someone he loves—or is the guilty party just trying to cover up corruption at the highest level of the police department? Trusting the wrong person could prove fatal.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves detective, cops and robbers type of stories. The genre is not my first choice of a good read, but when I find a good one I enjoy it. This one is a keeper.

Note: I was provided a complimentary ARC of this book from Tyndale Publishers for the purposes of review. All opinions expressed here are my own and none were provided by the publisher.


Frances said...

Sounds like a good read. He's really branching out. I just started his book called Soon. It's futuristic but different from the Left Behind series. I know I'm going to love it and I'm definitely going to read this detective series.

Peggy Blann Phifer said...

I need to get this book. I don't have the first one and I'm one of those who doesn't like to read series' out of sequence. So, this goes on my Wish List.

It's been a while, for some unfathomable reason, since I've visited your blog, Pam. I like your new "digs" :) I'll be returning.