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Betrayal In Black

(Zachary Blake Legal Thriller #4)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  907 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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 ...more
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Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jerry White
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Tony Parsons
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Mrs. Varela
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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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
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Monica Reents
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
The book needs editing and rewrite for veracity.
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Mark M. Bello is an attorney, lawsuit finance expert, and award-winning author. A Michigan native, Mark received his B.A. in English Literature from Oakland University and his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

After years of working high profile legal cases, Mark wanted to provide a front row glimpse of what a victim faces when standing up for justice. Each book in the Zachary Blake Betr

Other books in the series

Zachary Blake Legal Thriller (5 books)
  • Betrayal of Faith (Zachary Blake Legal Thriller #1)
  • Betrayal of Justice (Zachary Blake Betrayal #2)
  • Betrayal In Blue (A Zachary Blake Betrayal Series Book 3)
  • Betrayal High (A Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Book 5)

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“A racist cop pulls over a black driver for little reason other than the fact that the driver is black and a recent robbery was committed by a couple of young black guys in a white community. The cop quickly realizes the driver is not one of the robbery suspects. He sees a man with a wife and two small children. They are not a couple of young punks. Still,he persists. Why?
“He asks to see the driver’s license and registration. While locating the appropriate documents, the black driver respectfully volunteers that he is legally carrying a handgun. The cop panics—is it the image of a black man with a gun? He barks out conflicting orders and then shoots the man
to death, in front of his family. Why? “Is it because the cop is an insensitive racist? Maybe he wasn’t trained or taught any better? Perhaps he lived a completely different life in a completely different world than that of the black man. In this cop’s world, were all black men potential criminals, people to be watched, people to be feared?”
“His fear may have been race-related. You’d have to ask him. To me, a law-abiding citizen is a law-abiding citizen, regardless of race. So yes, I believe the result would have been different had I been the officer. I don’t believe I’d have pulled this couple over in the first place.” 11 likes
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