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The Betrayal, Precinct 11 Series #2
Tyndale House / 2011 / Paperback
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Detective Boone Drake has just masterminded 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. Despite top secret plans to transfer the witness ahead of his testimony before the grand jury, an attempt is made on his life. And the person suspected of leaking this information may be one of the CPD's own.
Detective Boone Drake is back in action in The Betrayal, the second book in the Precinct 11 series by Jerry B. Jenkins. In the first book, The Brotherhood, Boone, a detective in the Gang Enforcement Section of the Chicago Police Department (CPD), masterminded the most massive sting in CPD history, bringing down the heads of not only the biggest street gangs in the city, but also the Outfitthe old crime syndicate.
Boone now wakes up in the hospital recovering from near-fatal wounds received protecting his key witness at the end of The Brotherhood. This brief respite will be the only rest he and the reader receive until the end of the book. Against his doctor's orders and his family's pleadings, Boone leaves the hospital to search for the source of the leak in the upper echelons of the CPD that led to the near-assassination of the key witness and Boone's injuries. In the process, his must exonerate his new love interest, Haeley Lamonica, a CPD administrative employee, who has been charged as the source of the leak. Also, he must continue to protect the key witness stashed in a nearby location known only to a small circle of CPD officers. Boone doesn't know whom he can trust as evidence mounts and suspicion points too close to home.
Jenkins continues to prove that he is a master of serial storytelling and a first-class researcher who brings police department authenticity to the reader. While The Brotherhood started in first-gear with critical foundation information and Boone's personal family tragedy and moved to a strong and solid second-gear with his rebound into leading a major crime operation never seen before in Chicago history, The Betrayal starts in third gear and never leaves it except to pop into fourth. Both books have strong but not overbearing religious underpinnings that complement the storyline. The faith of several characters is not only revealed but challenged in a fashion that's actually entertaining and believable. The timeline of this nearly 300-page book is from February 2nd to March 1st, but it won't take you that many days to finish this book once you start it. Gary A. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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