I had a lovely surprise a few weeks back when I received a review copy of THE PLEDGE, book 3 in the Detective Betty series of crime novels from the wonderful author, Kathleen Kent. Well, it’s official, The Pledge went out on release today.
Many of you might know Kent for her historical novels like the award-winning HERETIC’S DAUGHTER and the equally successful follow up, THE TRAITOR’S WIFE. But I am so glad Kent decided to turn to a ‘life of crime,‘ bringing us the tough as nails Betty Rhyzyk, a Brooklyn born and bred cop who finds herself transplanted to Dallas PD.
“Things are looking up for Detective Betty Rhyzyk. She’s settled into a happy marriage and been promoted to Sergeant in the Dallas Police Department. But when a hostage stand-off puts her on the phone with legendary cartel leader The Knife, things take a turn. The Knife has heard a rival is making a play for the streets of Dallas—none other than Evangeline Roy. The matriarch of a ruthless cult, Evangeline also happens to hold a personal vendetta against Betty. So who better to draw Evangeline out of hiding? Betty’s got two weeks to catch her. Or else.
With Betty’s young charge Mary Grace already missing—having left her seven-month-old baby behind in Betty’s care—and the drug dealers of Dallas donning strange red wigs and delivering cryptic messages, Betty’s in a race for answers. With the clock ticking down, it will take everything she’s got to finally put an end to Evangeline’s reign of terror, and to keep her beloved Dallas—and her own family—safe at last.”
I’m really excited to be able to read and review The Pledge and catch up with what Betty, and the crew of dedicated cops she works with, get up to next.
Oh, and here’s a bonus for you all, a trailer for THE DIME (book one) giving us a glimpse of what the TV series might have looked like had FOX not been bought out by Disney.
Who knows, maybe further down the line, Betty will have her day on the small screen. This reader certainly hopes so.
For more, check out my review of THE DIME.