Blood Betrayal by Ausma Zehanat Khan @ausmazehanat @MinotaurBooks

Posted November 4, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 4 Comments

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blood Betrayal by Ausma Zehanat Khan @ausmazehanat @MinotaurBooks Blood Betrayal by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Series: Blackwater Falls #2
Published by Minotaur Books on November 7, 2023
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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In Blackwater Falls, Colorado, Harry Cooper, a police officer nearing retirement, is hot on the heels of some local vandals when the situation turns deadly: believing one of them to have a gun, Harry opens fire and Duante Reed, a young Black man, is killed. The "gun" in his hands was a bottle of spray paint.

Meanwhile in nearby Denver, a drug raid goes south and a Latino teen, Mateo Ruiz, is also killed. The officer thought to be responsible is Kelly Broda, a name Detective Inaya Rahman is all too familiar with. Kelly is the son of the police officer who led a violent attack on her when they were both in Denver: John Broda. No one is more surprised than Inaya when John turns up on her doorstep, pleading for her help in proving the innocence of his son, who he insists is a much different breed of man than John himself.

I continued in the Blackwater Falls series.  The town of that name is a smaller community not far from Denver.  It seems to be a real melting pot with Mexicans (Catholics), black refugees from Somalia,  and Muslims from several Middle Eastern and Asian locations.

The focus centers around the team of Community Response officers who work with the Sheriff, Denver police, FBI and other law enforcement.  Their cases revolve around the different cultures and the sensitive issues in dealing with them.   The team is not a fan of the Sheriff.

I am not knowledgeable about all these religions and cultures so I find those aspects interesting.       The main character Inaya is a police officer who lives with her Muslim family who came from Afghanistan. The other members of the team come from many of the other cultures.  The team has become close knit as they deal with bad situations.

There are two cases of officer involved shootings. The emotional powder keg of law enforcement and the communities of those killed requires the unit to have a cool head and dig for actual facts.  There were instances of racial, cultural and religion bias or hate, along with misogyny.  Inaya works with the team, and tries to help the various families in the community while solving the murders.

There are political and religious harassments, as well as police corruption making it all more difficult.  Inaya works hard and with compassion for the victims and families.  The cases get solved and the obvious solutions are not the answers.  The realities of why the killings happened are much more complex.  Blood Betrayal is another intriguing look at the different cultural  and family interactions.


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Posted November 4, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 4 Comments

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