The Betrayal: Police Procedural at Its Best

Renee Ann Smith —  September 5, 2011 — 59 Comments

I’ve always been fascinated by the kind of men and women who decide to become cops. These are the folks who work hard to prevent crime, even to the point of performing daring acts of rescue and self-sacrifice.

But once an illegal act occurs, another side of the cop personality comes out. That’s when police officers follow a careful procedure, a series of steps that helps them solve the crime. They fit the aberrations of human behavior into some kind of manageable form, which provides evidence for prosecutors to use.

Lenny Briscoe

Actor Jerry Orbach, who played Lenny Briscoe on Law & Order, first won me over to become a fan of police procedurals. More recently, I discovered the Precinct 11 Series by Jerry Jenkins, which features a great lead character named Boone Drake. Boone is a Chicago cop, who has had to overcome a life-altering tragedy. His story begins in The Brotherhood, where he learns that God can change the hardest of hearts—including his own.

The Betrayal, which picks up where the first book leaves off, shares a harrowing adventure. The woman Boone loves is being framed, and Boone’s life is in danger. He struggles to investigate in spite of the injuries he received at the end of The Brotherhood. Though he’s physically handicapped by his unhealed wounds, his inner man is stronger this time around. His new-found faith helps him win the day against all his enemies.

This series offers fast-paced action, an everyman hero, and a touch of romance, all tied together with a tough cord of faith. If this type of story is not your style, I bet you know someone who would love it. These books would make great gifts for the men in your life, from high school age on up. And Christmas is just around the corner!

***Thanks to the Tyndale Blog Network for providing a copy of The Betrayal for me to review. Follow this link to pick up the book for yourself or for that special action-loving guy in your life.

Giveaway: This post is the first September Giveaway Post! This September is a special month because I see my high school students again and then I’m off to the ACFW Conference in St. Louis. (Can’t wait!) To celebrate, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card at the end of the month. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below.

Another cop crime solver who's also great to watch!

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

59 responses to The Betrayal: Police Procedural at Its Best

  1. I love your reviews, Renee! This is totally not my typical read, but you really make me want to read it. πŸ™‚


  2. Ooh. I gotta read that one. I love suspense, cops, and Jerry Jenkins.

  3. This looks good! I love suspence/action books πŸ™‚

  4. This book looks really good! Thanks for the review! =]

  5. I like a good suspense story like STONE with Tom Selleck who is a strong character, I can see a tall dark handsome man as I read a story like this.
    love to be in your drawing for the gift cert. thanks

  6. I’ve been planning to read this series, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Please enter me in your giveaway!

    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. That book looks like a great read and I think the review that you wrote for it was great! πŸ™‚

  8. This one sounds really good, Renee! Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!

  9. Count me in Renee! I want to hear all about the ACFW conference when you get back πŸ™‚

    • I’m sure I’ll be writing about the conference, Gwendolyn. I’ll probably share way more than people want to hear! (And I’ll be over soon to catch up on the newest chapters in your story.)

  10. Please add me to your list for the giveaway too.

    I always loved Law and Order too. The Betrayal looks like a great book and I will be adding it to my TBR list. The Jesse Stone series is awesome too with my heart-throb Tom Selleck. How can he still be so handsome after all these years?

    Thanks, Robin
    robinorr2 [at] gmail [dot] com

  11. Gotta love Jerry Orbach as Lenny Briscoe. Law & Order just isn’t the same without him!

  12. Hey Renee,
    I read The Brotherhood and have this one on my wish list:) Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for your thoughts on it!

  13. This looks like a really interesting read. I can’t wait to check it out!

  14. This book sounds really good. I love having a hero and a little romance as well. Count me in on the giveaway too! ( I love shopping!).

  15. This series sounds great! I loved your review and hope you have fun in St. Louis. Please enter me in your giveaway.

  16. thanks for the chance to read this ‘thriller’ renee….sounds great!

  17. I love to watch what my husband calls “Cops and Robbers” shows! I like to make predictions to see if I can solve the mystery before it is revealed! Law and Order and NCIS are my favorite. I also love to read suspenseful books as well. I have read all of Patricia Cornwell books and many others. Looks like I better read The Brotherhood first!! Please enter me in the drawing!!

  18. Sounds like a good book.

  19. Thanks for sharing this review! I think this looks really interesting and would like to read the first one, and then start on this one. Hope you’re doing well!!

  20. This book looks great and I will probably read it! What an awesome giveaway! How generous of you! πŸ™‚

  21. Ooooh this sounds interesting! My husband is a police captain, so I have heard some stories! I do love reading books about police officers and watching cop shows! I’ll have to look into this one. Thanks!

  22. This sounds like a great book. Wonderful giveaway!

  23. I love your reviews. I miss that actor on Law and Order. I have a son that is a Sheriff deputy in a small town. He had a case a three years ago; that was very sad and mind blowing. He has written a book but has not had it published yet. The sad things is that the pay is poor for police officers and teachers; there is something wrong about that.
    Blessings to you!

  24. I love suspense books! This one sounds interesting πŸ™‚

  25. I have never read anything by that author but it looks interesting.

  26. I love Jerry B Jenkins and I hadn’t heard of this book yet. I thought Riven was an amazing book by him. Thanks I’d love to enter the drawing

  27. I like reading police procedurals . Thanks for the giveaway contest.

  28. I enjoy “cop” stories/shows, too…and with a great author like Jenkins, it’s a win-win situation! I’ll be adding this series to my ever-growing list of “Books to Read”!!
    Kelly Y. in Virginia

  29. Looks like a goodie! Thanks!

  30. The Betrayal looks neat. I read the first in the series, The Brotherhood, and enjoyed it. I’ll have to check into this one sometime soon. πŸ™‚

    Please count me in for the Amazon gift card. Can’t pass up a chance to get more books from my favorite online bookstore!! πŸ˜‰

  31. Hi Renee! (This comment is not for another entry into the contest πŸ™‚ I just wanted to let you know that I’ve awarded you “The Versatile Blogger Award” on my blog,

  32. love your recommendation – both book and dvd!
    a fascinating field and looking like a great read….
    count me in for your draw – enjoy that trip away – and blessings on your new school yr!

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