Under Color of Law
by Aaron Philip Clark

A huge thank you goes to Aaron Philip Clark for gifting me an advanced copy of his book, Under Color of Law, in exchange for an honest review.

This book was published on October 1, 2021 – AVAILABLE NOW!

I had no idea what to expect when Aaron Philip Clark approached me and asked if I would be willing to read and review his book, but boy am I glad that I took a chance on it because it is absolutely incredible. It is powerful, mesmerizing, and heartbreaking all at the same time. In fact, I finished this one over a week ago, but I’m STILL getting lost in my thoughts thinking about it. This one, without a doubt, is completely read-worthy and gets ALL the stars!

Under Color of Law is the first book in a new detective series by Aaron Philip Clark, following Detective Trevor “Finn” Finnegan, a black police officer in the LAPD whose aim is to try and fix the broken and morally corrupt police department. Four years ago, Finn (as a rookie) witnessed a horrific crime done by his fellow officers (one being his training officer). When he tries to report it to the department, he is immediately bribed into changing his story, ultimately leading him to get a fast-tracked promotion to detective. However, this whole incident ends up resurfacing when he is tasked as the lead detective of a new case—a black LAPD recruit, who has not yet made the force, is found naked and murdered along a hiking trail. Over the course of the book, it is revealed that this recruit was murdered by one of their own, and the story that unfolds is absolutely heartbreaking, but also SO powerful.

Although this book is fictional, you can tell that it is HEAVILY influenced by the recent events involving police brutality and by the Black Lives Matter movement. It is set in 2014-2015, around the time that Eric Garner was killed by a police officer in New York (his murder is even referenced in the book), but you can tell that the events of 2020 were at the front of Clark’s mind as he was writing this book.

This book is thrilling and suspenseful. It’s jam-packed with action. It’s entertaining, but absolutely horrific at the same time because of how real the events that take place are. There’s an array of characters—some lovable and inspiring, while there are some that you will hate. This book will have you absolutely GLUED to the pages from the moment you start it. I cannot wait to see where Aaron takes Finn, and the rest of the characters, in the next instalment of this series.


ABOUT UNDER COLOR OF LAW:

The murder of a police recruit pins a Black LAPD detective in a deadly web where race, corruption, violence, and cover-ups intersect in this relevant, razor-sharp novel of suspense.

Black rookie cop Trevor “Finn” Finnegan aspires to become a top-ranking officer in the Los Angeles Police Department and fix a broken department. A fast-track promotion to detective in the coveted Robbery-Homicide Division puts him closer to achieving his goal.

Four years later, calls for police accountability rule the headlines. The city is teeming with protests for racial justice. When the body of a murdered Black academy recruit is found in the Angeles National Forest, Finn is tasked to investigate.

As pressure mounts to solve the crime and avoid a PR nightmare, Finn scours the underbelly of a volatile city where power, violence, and race intersect. But it’s Finn’s past experience as a beat cop that may hold the key to solving the recruit’s murder. The price? The end of Finn’s career…or his life.

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