Review of The Betrayal by Jerry B. Jenkins


Genre: Mystery/Crime Fiction


This is a lighthearted, easy read and would be appropriate for teen readers as well as adults. Detective Boone Drake of the Chicago Police Department is celebrated as a hero after leading a sting that will take down the leaders of some massive street gangs. But a couple days before the case goes to trial, their star informant and witness is nearly gunned down (Boone playing the hero again by taking the bullet). It seems there must be a leak within the Police Department and Boone is determined to find the mole even though the culprit is likely amongst those he most respects. In the midst of his investigation, recovery, and personal life, Boone must decide who he can trust.

This book has just the right amount of suspense, mystery, and innocent romance. The characters are personable, and the story line is believable. My only criticism is that the story begins after the sting and readers are given only a short prologue to the history of the case at hand. I would have liked more development of the crime scene and the gang characters–especially of the prime witness, Pascual Candelario. The story moves smoothly once it is underway, but I did have some questions in the beginning. I later discovered that this is the second book of a trilogy, so perhaps it would have been helpful to read The Brotherhood first. But, even on its own, I found The Betrayal relaxing and enjoyable; it’s great reading for a rainy day, or any other time!

I received a complimentary copy of this ARC as a part of the Tyndale Blog Network.