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Betrayal of Justice (A Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Book 2)

Mark M. Bello

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Betrayal of Justice (A Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Book 2)

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Before the 2016 U.S. Presidential election I would have thought this novel was ham-handed and so far outside the realm of possibility as to be ridiculous. Fortunately for this book, and unfortunately for the U.S., the racist, homophobic, misogynistic, ignorance of the US president in this novel is actually toned down from reality enough to be believable.

This is the second in the series of Zachary Blake legal thrillers (see my review of the first one). It is a standalone novel so you do not need to have read the first one to enjoy this one. Your views of the the first novel will determine whether this is a positive or negative aspect of this book. For me it worked really well and was a good follow-up to the first book of the series.

This book finds Zach defending a Muslim from murder charges in a politically difficult climate of distrust and concern over immigration and what it means to be American. Additionally, the U.S. president has taken interest in the case and pressured for deportation hearings of his client’s parents.

The story revolves around these pertinent topics at the expense of character development. It is a well-written, engaging novel with a couple of twists. It is more predictable than the first book but still a solid follow-up.

If you enjoyed the first one, this is one you would enjoy. If you are concerned about the current political climate it is nice to escape into a fictional world where characters with a conscience are highlighted.

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