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{March 30, 2014}   {Review} Enemy in Blue by Derek Blass (The Cruz Marquez Thrillers)

Enemy in BlueFrom Goodreads: 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?

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Imagine if you witnessed a murder but couldn’t go to the police. Who would you turn to? As I read this novel, I kept thinking, call the police! But these people WERE the police, and obviously no help was going to come to their aide. I know there are crooked people in all walks of life, but this novel really made me sit back and wonder how many crooked cops are actually out there… I seem to hear about it on the news every other day, though I’d like to think that if I had a problem I could call on them.  This novel, however, shows a very ugly side that I never want to see, and that I’m going to say is unusual and not the norm because it’ll help me sleep better at night.

This is definitely a thriller. The characterization is superb and it’s full of heart stopping actions that keeps going and going… it was really good, but it also felt just a tad too long. The novel came to its climax at about half-way through, and at that point, it could have ended, but instead it kept going, focusing more on new characters and situations that revolved around the original ones, but weren’t necessarily needed to carry the original story.

In light of the length, it seems that Blass has taken reviews of his original novel into account, and indeed did split his novel into two separate segments–The Chase and The Trial.  In retrospect, I think this is a great idea on his part, and I’m glad he did so–though I read the original version which was the novel in its entirety.  Regardless, though, it’s a very well thought out story that will leave readers questioning just how safe they really are… and I highly suggest picking up Enemy in Blue: The Chase to get a feel for Blass’ writing.  The cover I have shown here is for part one: The Chase.  Four stars.

4 stars

I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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