Friday, April 20, 2012

"Enemy in Blue" by Derek Blass

Enemy in Blue

by Derek Blass

Do you know who your enemy is?

The streets aren't safe when your enemy wears a blue uniform and a gold badge.

What if the good guys weren't good?

What if a cop went rogue and killed an innocent man?

What if it was all caught on video and the cop would do anything to cover it up?

Chase this lawless cop through the streets and to a scintillating series of showdowns with Cruz Marquez, a young attorney trying to nail down his enemy in blue.

Will justice be served?

With the opening of “Enemy In Blue”, Blass grabs hold of you and doesn’t let go until the last page, and even then, well, let’s just I have no doubt readers will be glad there’s a follow up coming out!
Shaver is a corrupt police officer who has literally been getting away with murder. After a police raid gone horribly wrong, Shaver is determined to cover up the murder he committed, killing an innocent man in front of his family. What ensues is a high speed, intense chase where they good guys are fighting to keep the evidence and of course, Shaver and his cronies are intent on covering up all the loose ends.
The second half of the book is the trial of Shaver and that’s where we really get to know Cruz, our young Latino lawyer protagonist. Throughout the trial, the action slows some, but still the plot twists and turns should keep you on your toes, and wondering what happens next.

A couple of points to take note of.

  1. There is a lot of hard language in this book. Now, as a reader, I can’t help but check out other reviews before I take a book on and I saw that this fact offended a lot of people. Here’s the thing, I have several cops in my family and foul language is a part of the system, in large part because of the side of society that they deal with. So, if coarse language is an issue, I’m not sure you will like the book. For me, it was realistic in the settings and keeping in tune with the characters.
  2. One of the points I love about this book is its raising issues that we deal with in the world (as a good book should). Such as : Are the people that we trust with our safety (not just cops but all those we are taught look out for best interest) truly people that we can trust? Good questions, tough answers.

The long and short of this review is that yes, this book is controversial, it will make you think and that might make you angry, or upset, or even shock you. Still though, I would give it a 5 star rating because of those very things. A book should make us think, and that’s exactly what Enemy in Blue does.
This book is for those who love police procedurals, John Grisham style court room thrillers, and people who love a good controversy.

Enemy in Blue on Amazon-
Reviewed by Shannon Mayer
Twitter @TheShannonMayer

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