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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
Chicago's Ugliest Badges by Michael Julius Green is a thrilling, suspenseful novel which tells the story of corrupt police officers who are arrested for a variety of heinous crimes spanning a period of eight years. Protected by their shields, their indiscretions include racketeering, theft, assault, and corruption. Prosecutor and Executive Assistant District Attorney R. M. Samuels is up against seven seasoned lawyers representing the accused men, who are all supported by wealthy, dangerous members of the Mafia. While in prison, some of the accused get a taste of their own medicine when inmates from their neighborhood seek revenge for past crimes. The scales of justice are weighing the balance as Judge Roy Burkett Jr. prepares for a lengthy trial, unaware of what is transpiring in his own courtroom as well as behind the scenes.
Chicago's Ugliest Badges is well researched and well written. Author Michael Julius Green has created a graphic story depicting atrocities committed by the men who are entrusted with protecting the very citizens who become their victims. The characters are well described including the victims, lawyers, and the accused as well as their cohorts. The scenes and locations such as prison, city streets, and the courtroom are accurately and vividly depicted. The story moves around between the past and present to include details of crime and corruption from the lowest to the highest levels. This novel brings to light the rampant disregard for law and order by people in power. All-round, a great novel recommended for adults only.