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Review: The Broken Blue Line by Connie Dial

[ 4 ] July 4, 2011 |

Reviewed by Jessa Larsen

Detective Mike Turner can’t stand corrupt cops. That’s why he’s back in the Internal Affairs department and tracking down one or more uniformed men who are running around preying on the people they have sworn to serve and protect. Despite interference and lack of cooperation, Turner tracks the renegades all around California, determined to catch them and turn them in even if it costs him his career and possibly his life.

Meanwhile, Turner’s home life is in a similar disarray. Recently single and living alone, Turner takes his next door neighbor, a retired cop, under his wing. Whilst dealing with everything else, Turner’s ex-lover reenters his life at the same time as he is falling in love with another woman with whom he should never be involved with. And yet, amidst all this chaos, Turner keeps his eyes on target and is determined to put a stop to the corruption no matter the cost.

The Broken Blue Line is the second book involving Detective Mike Turner and I must say, I do feel as though I missed out by not reading the first one. Connie Dial is a retired detective herself and after 27 years in the force, her expertise definitely shows. Each character is so complex and unique that I found myself wanting a book for each one of them.

The Broken Blue Line is one of those books that will keep you up all night because you can’t possibly sleep until you find out what happens next. I’m definitely picking up a copy of the first book and crossing my fingers for a third.

Rating: 5/5

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, 2 sons, 2 cats, and 2 dogs. She goes to school full time as an English major with a focus in creative writing. She likes anime and reads books and plays video games in her moments of spare time.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Permanent Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.

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Category: Contemporary, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  1. 4

    written by an expert gives the authenticity to make a great read! thx for this heads up + a lookout for the 1st one “))

  2. 3
    Colleen Turner says:

    I am not one for detective/cop books but this does sound interesting. I can only imagine how law abiding law enforcement officers (you would think they all would be :)) must hate those corrupt cops that can give them a bad name and go against everything they have sworn to uphold. Now making it your life’s mission to bring those baddies down, even at the expense of your own life, seems a little extreme to me, but I guess that is what makes for a good read. Thanks for the review!

  3. 2
    Pamela says:

    You made this sound so interesting. Interesting as in “gotta-find-this-today.” I’ll have to pick up her first book. I hate reading series out of order.

    Great review.


  4. 1
    Carol Wong says:

    This sounds like a humdinger of a book. I have read several of Joseph Wambaugh’s books and now it would be good to see what a woman can do with similiar material. I am definitely interested in this one and if I like it will pick up her first book. She has the advantage of being a retired dective and knowing what really goes on.

    Carol Wong

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