I love reading crime novels. I especially love reading ones that make me think and rethink who the bad guy really might be. I love it more when there isn't a lot of extra stuff thrown in such as explicit crime scene descriptions and/or "extracurricular" activity if you know what I mean.
The Sons of Jude by Brandt Dodson filled all of my loves for good crime novels and then some. I have one issue with it and one only....it's only the first book in a series and then others still need to be published!
I loved this book. As I mentioned above, I really do enjoy reading crime novels. I'm not sure why. I think it may have something to do with the "who-dun-it" part of it. I will say that when I read the last page I literally yelled, "NO!!!!" because I didn't not want it to end. It was that good!
Brandt Dodson has done a fantastic job of drawing you in to the story. He shared this information with those of us reviewing the book....
"The Sons of Jude was written as the first in a series featuring a fictional Chicago police district and a rotating a cast of characters. Major characters in one novel may return in minor supporting roles in other novels, if at all. Characters will marry, die, or get transferred to and from the district. In that sense, this series will be similar to the late Ed McBain's 87th precinct novels, set in the fictional Isola, New York. But it will also be very different in that The Sons of Jude is set in a real police department in a real city. I've lived in the Chicago area and know it well."
The fact that the author was well versed in Chicago was apparent. I have never visited the city, but I now feel like if I ever do, I'll have a working knowledge of it already. I enjoy reading books set in places I've been to or I am familiar with.
You can check out the first two chapters of the book online and if you get drawn in, like I did, I have good news for you....the Kindle version of The Sons of Jude is currently on sale for $5 through Sunday, October 21st.
I, for one, am now eagerly waiting for the sequel to The Sons of Jude series to come out. And I'll be picking up some of Brandt Dodson's earlier works to enjoy in the meantime.
Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the book through the Kregel Publications Blog Tour program. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions stated above are mine alone.