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Police lights illuminate a dark street on a dark night in a small Michigan town. A vehicle has been pulled over; the cop claims the occupants resemble robbery suspects. No traffic law has been violated. The man is the wrong age, the woman, the wrong sex and small children are seated in the back. Still, the officer persists. The driver declares he is legally carrying, confu Police lights illuminate a dark street on a dark night in a small Michigan town. A vehicle has been pulled over; the cop claims the occupants resemble robbery suspects. No traffic law has been violated. The man is the wrong age, the woman, the wrong sex and small children are seated in the back. Still, the officer persists. The driver declares he is legally carrying, confusion reigns, shots ring out, and an innocent black man now lies is bleeding to death. The tragic events have been captured on video. The shooting becomes national news. The officer is placed on paid leave. After watching celebrity lawyer, Zachary Blake, discuss the case on television, the victim’s wife turns to Blake for justice. Facing an embarrassed yet emboldened police force, attorney and client face off against the dark side of police power. Can they successfully fight city hall? Suspenseful, powerful, and enlightening, "Betrayal in Black" explores an increasingly controversial clash between race and police power.


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Police lights illuminate a dark street on a dark night in a small Michigan town. A vehicle has been pulled over; the cop claims the occupants resemble robbery suspects. No traffic law has been violated. The man is the wrong age, the woman, the wrong sex and small children are seated in the back. Still, the officer persists. The driver declares he is legally carrying, confu Police lights illuminate a dark street on a dark night in a small Michigan town. A vehicle has been pulled over; the cop claims the occupants resemble robbery suspects. No traffic law has been violated. The man is the wrong age, the woman, the wrong sex and small children are seated in the back. Still, the officer persists. The driver declares he is legally carrying, confusion reigns, shots ring out, and an innocent black man now lies is bleeding to death. The tragic events have been captured on video. The shooting becomes national news. The officer is placed on paid leave. After watching celebrity lawyer, Zachary Blake, discuss the case on television, the victim’s wife turns to Blake for justice. Facing an embarrassed yet emboldened police force, attorney and client face off against the dark side of police power. Can they successfully fight city hall? Suspenseful, powerful, and enlightening, "Betrayal in Black" explores an increasingly controversial clash between race and police power.

30 review for Betrayal In Black

  1. 4 out of 5

    Book Reviewer

    In a fictional city, a black couple is coming back from a fair when they are mistakenly stopped by a police officer, unfortunately, it ends with a murder. What follows is the complex dichotomy inside the police department, the obstacles that a mother and recent widow has to endure for justice, and the length to which the parties that seek to benefit from this tragedy will go. A Betrayal in Black by Mark M. Bello is a story that doesn’t shy away from the harsh reality that black people in America In a fictional city, a black couple is coming back from a fair when they are mistakenly stopped by a police officer, unfortunately, it ends with a murder. What follows is the complex dichotomy inside the police department, the obstacles that a mother and recent widow has to endure for justice, and the length to which the parties that seek to benefit from this tragedy will go. A Betrayal in Black by Mark M. Bello is a story that doesn’t shy away from the harsh reality that black people in America face and how they have to adapt in order to survive. A Betrayal in Black opens up in a lighthearted way and then transitions to a much darker and cruder story. Throughout the story I felt that the author had a clear understanding of law and police affairs. When it comes to the technical parts of the story, Bello does a great job of immersing the reader into the world of law and order, with details that show the deep knowledge he has over legal prosecutions and police internal affairs. However, while this is immersing, it sometimes gets tedious and almost didactic, for example, when describing what a grand jury is, it almost feels like you are reading a law school book. But this is a minor flaw in an otherwise engaging story. The dialogue was interesting, and could even be funny at times. A remarkable thing about this book is how it details every single aspect that goes into a case, from the murder itself to the conviction, all throughout detailing the victims grieving and the lawyers seeking justice. A particularly moving chapter is when the wife of the victim is speaking with their mother and they are retelling a story of how racism has evolved in this country, and, as angry as she may be, she can’t show it, because she is a woman of color. This book was written in 2019, but the murder it describes is all too recent. The different ways black people have to think to present themselves to white people in order to be considered “equals” and not be dismissed as rude, is all too familiar. The themes in this book come at a crucial time, where stories like these are needed to paint a more vivid picture of the struggles minorities face in America. A Betrayal in Black is a must read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Coco

    All of Mark M. Bello's book reference current events, but 'Betrayal in Black' could have been taken straight from the news. A black man has been shot and killed in front of his family by a white police officer in a traffic stop. His widow Sarah wants justice for her husband and approaches lawyer Zachary Blake to sue the police. But, in a country where a blatantly xenophobic and racist man sits in the oval office, will the justice system really be n her side. This novel draws attention to institut All of Mark M. Bello's book reference current events, but 'Betrayal in Black' could have been taken straight from the news. A black man has been shot and killed in front of his family by a white police officer in a traffic stop. His widow Sarah wants justice for her husband and approaches lawyer Zachary Blake to sue the police. But, in a country where a blatantly xenophobic and racist man sits in the oval office, will the justice system really be n her side. This novel draws attention to institutional racism, the uncertain political climate, and most importantly to the Black Lives Matter Movement. The plot was confronting, honest, and uncompromising, whilst still managing to handle the difficult subject sensitively. I've read all four of the 'Betrayal' series of books in a little under a week, and I'm not sure how I'm going to wait until August for the next installment, but it is definitely on pre-order.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Seacaves

    This has got to be the most hard-hitting and emotive book of the series and not just because of the current situation in the U.S. right now. Before I even started this I knew it was going to be a difficult book to read and Bello captures the events and the heartbreak so well. The story is told through different perspectives like the others in the series and it creates such devastating and unsettling feelings that stay with you until the end, and beyond that because this is more than just a ficti This has got to be the most hard-hitting and emotive book of the series and not just because of the current situation in the U.S. right now. Before I even started this I knew it was going to be a difficult book to read and Bello captures the events and the heartbreak so well. The story is told through different perspectives like the others in the series and it creates such devastating and unsettling feelings that stay with you until the end, and beyond that because this is more than just a fictional story. You won't regret reading this.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jerry White

    These books have been a favourite of mine from the beginning of the series. Amazing crime thrillers with stories that feel like they have been plucked straight from the news. This one especially will hit hard for most because of the current situation in the U.S. and all around the world. This is a heartbreaking read and will evoke strong emotions in everyone that reads it without exception. Giving readers the chance to see points of view from all sides is Bello's speciality and although everyone These books have been a favourite of mine from the beginning of the series. Amazing crime thrillers with stories that feel like they have been plucked straight from the news. This one especially will hit hard for most because of the current situation in the U.S. and all around the world. This is a heartbreaking read and will evoke strong emotions in everyone that reads it without exception. Giving readers the chance to see points of view from all sides is Bello's speciality and although everyone has their stance on such a topic it can still be eye-opening to get a different view, from a family unjustly torn apart to a police officer dealing with the guilt and remorse of the murder he has committed. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    Vinewood/9th. 2 male occupants matching description of Burger King (Cedar/Pennsylvania) robbery suspects had been sighted. Officer Randy Jones (Caucasian, Cedar Ridge PD) had stopped Marcus Hayes (A/A, husband/father, former Best Buy; dist. mgr., Comp USA, CS) & Sarah Hayes (A/A, wife/mother, daughter Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village tour guide). In the back seat were Aisha Hayes (6, A/A, daughter/sister) & Little Tasia Hayes (A/A, baby). Case # BIA-2018-437. Lieutenant Douglas Kelly (Cedar Ri Vinewood/9th. 2 male occupants matching description of Burger King (Cedar/Pennsylvania) robbery suspects had been sighted. Officer Randy Jones (Caucasian, Cedar Ridge PD) had stopped Marcus Hayes (A/A, husband/father, former Best Buy; dist. mgr., Comp USA, CS) & Sarah Hayes (A/A, wife/mother, daughter Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village tour guide). In the back seat were Aisha Hayes (6, A/A, daughter/sister) & Little Tasia Hayes (A/A, baby). Case # BIA-2018-437. Lieutenant Douglas Kelly (Cedar Ridge PD Internal Affairs, Wayne County Community College; CJ/LE certificate, Wayne St.; BA CJ, Detroit College of Law; JD) interviewed Officer Jones (# 2431, Wayne County Community College; CJ/LE certificate). Sergeant Thomas Fowler (union rep) & Robert Olson (attorney) were present. 1st Lieutenant Brian Bigalow, Bill Lane (task force), & Chief Brooks were discussing Officer Jones case. Birmingham (burb), MI. Original Pancake House (Woodward Ave). Zachary “Zack” Blake (Jewish, Detroit, MI. WDIV studios (Fort St.). Live. Devon Harlan (ViewPoint talk show host) introduces DA Lawrence Bialy (Wayne County), Zachary “Zack” Blake, & Stacey Schwartz (Detroit News reporter). The subject matter was the shooting in Cedar Ridge. ADA Rochelle Lynch (Wayne County) & Adam Rock (prosecutor) were present for the grand jury indictment of Officer Randall Jones (Cedar Ridge PD, CRLETC, Ferris State College) for murder in the 2nd degree, or perhaps the lesser crime of voluntary manslaughter of Marcus Hayes (A/A, husband/father). DA Lawrence Bialy (Caucasian, Wayne County) & ADA Lynch made a public press announcement. Hayes vs. Jones, et al. Brenda Jones (widow) was beside herself. Randy had taken his own life. Aisha had been kidnapped. Detective Billy Ellington (Detroit PD Homicide) called Brenda with some great news. Steve (owner) had called & said Aisha had turned up at Nana’s restaurant (Cedar Ridge). She was taken to Children’s Hospital to be checked out. Will the kidnapper be caught & brought to justice? Judge Berg court-ordered trial lawyer Barry Frazier to mediate the trail case of Hayes v Cedar Ridge, et al. Zachary called Sarah with some news. I do not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing free books from publishers & authors. Therefore, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. Warning: This book contains descriptive accounts of extremely graphic adult content, violence (African American racial issues), or expletive language &/or uncensored sexually explicit material which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive or have potential adverse psychological effects on the reader. If you are especially sensitive to this type of material, it is strongly advised not to read any further. An awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very professionally written legal thriller book. It was extremely easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great description list of unique characters, settings, facts etc. to keep track of. This could also make another huge legal thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. Another extremely easy rating of 5 stars. Thank you for the free author; 8 Grand Publications; Goodreads; MakingConnections; Making Connections discussion group talk; ARR PDF book. Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Varela

    I was extremely excited to learn that Mark M. Bello had written a new book. His latest book Betrayal in Black could not have been written at a better time. This story addresses a hot topic in the nation concerning systemic and institutional racism. The author handles this topic with a great deal of sensitivity and impartiality. In this story fiction is much closer to reality. When Officer Randy Jones, who is White pulls over a vehicle believing the occupants may have been involved in a recent rob I was extremely excited to learn that Mark M. Bello had written a new book. His latest book Betrayal in Black could not have been written at a better time. This story addresses a hot topic in the nation concerning systemic and institutional racism. The author handles this topic with a great deal of sensitivity and impartiality. In this story fiction is much closer to reality. When Officer Randy Jones, who is White pulls over a vehicle believing the occupants may have been involved in a recent robbery, circumstances change in an instant. The driver, Marcus Hayes informs the officer that he has a gun and is licensed to carry. The ensuing results are devastating for all parties when the bewildered officer shoots the driver. There is no apparent reason for the killing of this man in front of his family who was merely driving them home from a family outing. As the officer wrestles with what he’s done, his superiors and colleagues try to make sense of it after viewing videos of the shooting. With the case drawing national attention, it looks like the case may head to court and word get to Bello’s familiar character Zachary Blake. Zachary cares deeply for people who have been wronged and is ready to seek justice. Teaming together with the widowed Sarah Hayes and his investigator, Micah Love they work together to build a strong case against the officer and the Cedar Ridge Police Department not only for a wrongful death, but the violation of Marcus’ Hayes civil rights. There is so much more to this story that readers won’t help but want to talk about it. The author does a superb job representing differing points of view and opening much needed dialogue on the topics of civil rights, Black Lives Matter and reforming the training of police across the country.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pegboard

    Mark M. Bello is a bold author that is attuned to the conflicts that trouble the American people. Betrayal in Black is the novel that affects everyone. We all have powerful feelings about the rights of all Americans, and Mark M. Bello puts it in your face as an attorney would. Zachary Blake handles his hardest case yet, defending an American whose husband was killed by a police officer. Was this a racial act or a nervous cop doing his job? Will this case be tried fairly without all the groups ju Mark M. Bello is a bold author that is attuned to the conflicts that trouble the American people. Betrayal in Black is the novel that affects everyone. We all have powerful feelings about the rights of all Americans, and Mark M. Bello puts it in your face as an attorney would. Zachary Blake handles his hardest case yet, defending an American whose husband was killed by a police officer. Was this a racial act or a nervous cop doing his job? Will this case be tried fairly without all the groups jumping on a bandwagon for their agenda?   Betrayal in Black sits close to home as our country faces similar trials. Mark M. Bello is fierce in his writing. His characters face tremendous obstacles and walk on a thin line of justice. Zachary Blake is an aggressive champion of justice whose powerful and resourceful team step-up to recover the truth. Overall, I love reading novels from this author. This book stirs up emotions, yet seizes your attention. I can’t wait to read Betrayal High.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bunny

    The plot of this book regarding police brutality against people of colour is obviously a very delicate subject and has been portrayed perfectly by Mark M. Bello. The lead up to the event gives a real sense of impending doom and the emotive writing following this really gets under your skin. The suspense and unpredictability of the story creates so much tension. Another brilliant book from this author.

  9. 4 out of 5

    the-librarian

    Betrayal in Black is the fun and exciting continuation of the Zachary Blake series (of which I’ve reviewed the three previous entries in the series). This book continues the character development and adventures of Zachary Blake. While a continuation of the ongoing series, it serves just as well as a stand-alone novel. Obviously, reading the three other books will make this one far more interesting and get you invested in the story more quickly than picking it up fresh but does not in any way tak Betrayal in Black is the fun and exciting continuation of the Zachary Blake series (of which I’ve reviewed the three previous entries in the series). This book continues the character development and adventures of Zachary Blake. While a continuation of the ongoing series, it serves just as well as a stand-alone novel. Obviously, reading the three other books will make this one far more interesting and get you invested in the story more quickly than picking it up fresh but does not in any way take away from the enjoyment if you have not read the others. The book kicks off with a white police officer pulls over a black man with a legal firearm. The transaction is caught on video and the man is shot and killed by the officer. Obviously, this story is pulled straight from the headlines (if not directly, it certainly is timely and provides interesting insight and commentary on the current state of policing in the United States). Zachary Blake is quickly consulted and pulled into the case. Navigating social justice and legal justice is a tricky thing that Zach has to pull off in addition to juggling the rest of his often chaotic life. I love the whole series and this book adds to the already great existing entries. The story is fast-paced and the plot unpredictable but easy enough to follow and enjoy. Overall, a great legal thriller and a book I would recommend to anyone who has enjoyed the previous books or think they might enjoy a new legal thriller or social justice commentary skillfully woven into the story and not used as a tool to beat the reader over the head.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John

    I received a copy of this book from the author and chose to leave a review for other readers. Once I started reading this story I couldn't put it down without finishing it. The story fits right in with the current political climate that we are in. This story relates to to a single police officer who stops a vehicle because he believed that it contained the individuals that had robbed a Burger King earlier. Unfortunately, after arriving at the vehicle, he disregarded the fact that the robbers were I received a copy of this book from the author and chose to leave a review for other readers. Once I started reading this story I couldn't put it down without finishing it. The story fits right in with the current political climate that we are in. This story relates to to a single police officer who stops a vehicle because he believed that it contained the individuals that had robbed a Burger King earlier. Unfortunately, after arriving at the vehicle, he disregarded the fact that the robbers were described as 2 male teenagers who were black. When he got to the vehicle the only similarity displayed was that the occupants were Black, however they were older and comprised of a family of 4, Mother, Father and 2 toddlers. The officer instead of acknowledging his mistake immediately demanded the driver's license and registration. The confrontation resulted in the killing of the driver. While the police were doing their crime investigation, and after they completed their investigation, the information was presented the District Attorney for presentation to the Grand Jury. Sara, the deceased wife, hired Zach Blake to represent her in a Civil Suit against the police officer, the police department and the city. The suit was filed in Federal Court. The description of the method that Zach took in gather information using depositions from the various parties was particular interesting. To find out what action the Grand Jury took and what the the end result Zach's suit obtained, then you must read this book. Unfortunately there is too much of this going on in the country and it appears that our current administration is more concerned with White Supremist then our other minorities. I recommend this book highly and it is a great lesson that should be leaned by all of the racism that our country is living.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Beanka

    Enlightened Experience Betrayal in Black by Mark Bello is an astounding story of a family destroyed in a sheer moment of unjustifiable racism. A husband, wife, and their 2 children driving home from a beautiful day out is pulled over by a police officer. The officer, either scared for his life or simply careless with the lives of colored people, shoots the husband right in front of his wife and two young girls. The story is told from the eyes of the family, trying to survive the most tragic thing Enlightened Experience Betrayal in Black by Mark Bello is an astounding story of a family destroyed in a sheer moment of unjustifiable racism. A husband, wife, and their 2 children driving home from a beautiful day out is pulled over by a police officer. The officer, either scared for his life or simply careless with the lives of colored people, shoots the husband right in front of his wife and two young girls. The story is told from the eyes of the family, trying to survive the most tragic thing that has happened to them, as well as from the eyes of the police officer who shot him and the lawyers and officials who defend them both. I love how strong the wife is. In the midst of this crisis and with the help of those around her, she rises and demands justice for her beloved husband. She creates stability for her daughters. She becomes the rock people need her to be. This story is so relatable in today's time and so heartfelt, many times I found myself tearing up at the tragedy of this story.  This story is so very well written its tale can easily become a reality for its readers. It's interesting as well as educational and shines a light on a very real subject in today's time.  I give this book a 5 star review!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lenor

    Mark M Bello once again manages to touch such strong topics with his stories, with such 2020’s problems; the police force, the racism, the justice system, the despair of the families; this book is heartbreaking, the living situation in the US only makes this book more real. A black man has been shot in front of his family, in any other circumstances police would have just pull them over and let them go, but this time, the wrong color, the wrong word choices is what pulls the trigger and makes thi Mark M Bello once again manages to touch such strong topics with his stories, with such 2020’s problems; the police force, the racism, the justice system, the despair of the families; this book is heartbreaking, the living situation in the US only makes this book more real. A black man has been shot in front of his family, in any other circumstances police would have just pull them over and let them go, but this time, the wrong color, the wrong word choices is what pulls the trigger and makes this story the living mirror of the situation in US news. This book was perfectly executed by an amazing author.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Mark M. Bello’s Betrayal series covers attorney Zack Blake and a series of cases pertinent to the political and social environment today. This novel is about a white cop stopping a black man, pulling him over because “he didn’t fit it” in the neighborhood. The officer claimed that he was stopping the car because the passengers resembled suspects in an robbery. The only resemblance was that they were black. This novel examines the trauma in a community when the police aren’t trusted to behave app Mark M. Bello’s Betrayal series covers attorney Zack Blake and a series of cases pertinent to the political and social environment today. This novel is about a white cop stopping a black man, pulling him over because “he didn’t fit it” in the neighborhood. The officer claimed that he was stopping the car because the passengers resembled suspects in an robbery. The only resemblance was that they were black. This novel examines the trauma in a community when the police aren’t trusted to behave appropriately and when things are racially motivated. Bello’s novels are very timely in light of our current environment. I think his works are an important statement on our world and give a great perspective, although the novels are just novels, and can have a judgmental feel to them. #BetrayalInBlack # MarkMBello

  14. 4 out of 5

    Monica Reents

    Betrayal in Black, book 4 in the Zach Blake series is another incredible read! Each book in the series handles a different topic, this book centers around the issue of race and I appreciate the author's ability to handle race with objectivity and sensitivity. This book felt more emotional than the others. I have really enjoyed reading a series that is full of suspense, action, and drama that is centered around current events. Knowing how to handle a situation and see the point of views from all Betrayal in Black, book 4 in the Zach Blake series is another incredible read! Each book in the series handles a different topic, this book centers around the issue of race and I appreciate the author's ability to handle race with objectivity and sensitivity. This book felt more emotional than the others. I have really enjoyed reading a series that is full of suspense, action, and drama that is centered around current events. Knowing how to handle a situation and see the point of views from all sides is important and being able to get that in a novel is incredible. This is a wonderful way to create conversation. Mark M. Bello knows how to craft characters that are perfect for his, often realistic feeling, story. He is able to convey feeling, drama, excitement, fear, twists, and suspense to move the story forward to a satisfying conclusion. Highly recommend!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bluebird

    Such an important book to read at this time. Another very delicate subject masterfully portrayed by Mark M. Bello. Bello seems to have a great skill in seeing things from multiple points of view and putting it across in writing, I'm sure his years as an attorney complimented this talent. This book, like the others, is so well thought-out and really hits home the sorry state of the world we live in. Such an important book to read at this time. Another very delicate subject masterfully portrayed by Mark M. Bello. Bello seems to have a great skill in seeing things from multiple points of view and putting it across in writing, I'm sure his years as an attorney complimented this talent. This book, like the others, is so well thought-out and really hits home the sorry state of the world we live in.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Annotaré

    The book needs editing and rewrite for veracity.

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    Corrine Gubbins

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  19. 4 out of 5

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  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 5 out of 5

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Deana Raught

  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Willetta Hench

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gus Venegas

  26. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Catus

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ramiro Gaubert

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nanci Salandy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Randee Cushway

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lawanda Parchment

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