Title: Benefit of the Doubt: A Novel
Author: Neal Griffin
Published Date: May 2015
Genre: Mystery / Suspense / Thriller
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Neal Griffin is a twenty-five year veteran of law enforcement. He’s seen it all, from routine patrols to drug enforcement to homicide investigations, from corrupt cops to men and women who went far above and beyond the call of duty.
Benefit of the Doubt is a gripping thriller that exposes the dark underbelly of policing in small-town America, where local police departments now deal with big-city crimes and corruption.
Ben Sawyer was a big-city cop, until he nearly killed a helpless suspect in public. Now a detective in the tiny Wisconsin town where he and his wife grew up, Ben suspects that higher-ups are taking payoffs from local drug lords.
Before long, Ben is off the force. His wife is accused of murder. His only ally is another outcast, a Latina rookie cop. Worse, a killer has escaped from jail with vengeance on his mind, and Newburg–and Ben Sawyer–in his sights.
This thriller started off a little slow for me with a lot of character introductions and I will confess I was a little hesitant as to how good this book was going to be BUT once that part was out the way it was full steam ahead and a real page turner.
Twists and turns, some of which I suspected and many I didn’t, had me trying to guess the outcome but ultimately failing. Fans of a good thriller will enjoy this story although note the graphic violence warning. It is certainly not gratuitous by any means but the author certainly can lay out a picture!
Overall a sold 4 stars from me. I would definitely read more!
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