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Enemy in Blue: The Trial (Book #2) (The Cruz Marquez Thrillers) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 746 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Rogue Books, LLC (January 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B4IHXZM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,792 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Derek is the bestselling author of the Cruz Marquez thrillers, which starts with Enemy in Blue: The Chase. He is also a trial attorney in Denver, Colorado. He has first and second chaired trials ranging from medical malpractice with surgeons to the detention of alleged illegal immigrants.

Derek graduated from Duke University and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. His new novel, The Room, was just released and he is working on the sequel, The Church.

Visit his website at www.roguebookspublishing.com. Check out his blog on writing at derekblass.wordpress.com. Friend him on Facebook. Follow him on Twitter (@DerekBlass). You can also email him at publisher@rogue-books.com.

Brief Interview:

Why did you write this book?

Stories are often born from tragedy. Just look at all of the news inundating us on a daily basis. In my case, I came to Denver, Colorado in 2003. Pretty immediately, I got involved in the Denver Latino/a community by serving on Mayor John Hickenlooper's Denver Latino Commission. While on the Commission, we dealt with several cases involving allegations of police brutality. Just in the Latino/a community, Frank Lobato was shot and killed, Juan Vasquez was beaten to the point he suffered severe internal damages, and Michael DeHerrera was violently arrested for standing on the sidewalk. In the African-American community, Paul Childs was shot and killed by Denver police, and Marvin Booker was tazed while in custody in jail to the point that he died. These are the events that catalyzed me to write Enemy in Blue.

It should be understood that Enemy in Blue is not an indictment on all cops. There are certainly good cops. There's simply no room for ANY bad cops though. These people have the right to carry a deadly weapon and use it against us if they see fit. They have the authority to arrest us, thereby taking away our freedoms, based solely upon their discretion. So, they need to be held to a higher standard, and in many instances, they are behaving worse than normal citizens.

How did you come up with the title?

That's a fun question. There was one working title, that ended up not working by the time the book was done. Things change, A LOT, over the course of writing a book! Once it was apparent that a new title was necessary, I enlisted my wife and some of my readers to help me find a new title. Through countless brainstorming sessions, one of my readers came up with "Evil in Blue." I liked it, but not 100%. I was grabbing the mail one day, and "Enemy in Blue" just came to me. Funny how things happen!

How did you choose your genre?

Hard to explain, but I can see action in my head. Fight scenes. Car chases. Torture, kidnapping, etc. (Honestly, I'm not a violent guy in real life!) It was as natural to me to write thrillers with a heavy dose of action as it would be for Christopher Moore to write cheeky fiction.

What inspired you to be a writer?

I've written a lot since I was young, and started on many novels but never followed through to finish one. It's really a labor of love, and with a full-time job that I am committed to (attorney), it takes substantial discipline to keep writing. That being said, there is nothing more beautiful than writing a story, or more appropriately put, to having characters write a story for you. When I write, I'm just as surprised by their decisions as my readers. My characters drive my story and that is an amazing aspect of writing that everyone should try! If people are interested, I started a blog on writing a while back (www.derekblass.wordpress.com) that describes many of the fun, and tedious, nuances of writing.

With all the other thrillers out there, why buy Enemy in Blue?

It's a no nonsense book, full of action and entertainment. I wrote the book for my readers, not for myself. I promise you will be captivated by the action over the course of the book. At the same time, the book invites you to be introspective on issues of illegal immigration, police brutality, and political corruption. It's not just mind candy, but it's also not a book that will club you over the head with principles. From a purely cost/benefit analysis, both versions of the book are very competitively priced, and the Kindle version is less than a dang cup of coffee at Starbucks! I promise it will deliver more lasting enjoyment than that cup of joe!

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 20, 2013
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I love it! full of suspense. Stayed up half the night reading. If you like action I would advise you read it
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Roberts on February 10, 2013
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You need to have all three books in The Cruz Marquez Series because once you finish with "Enemy in Blue" (Book 1)
you'll need to continue with "Enemy in Blue: The Trial" (Book #2), then finish with "Allegiance." All three are
riveting, compelling one to turn pages faster and faster. Mr. Blass, I can hardly wait for Book #4 and please keep
writing.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly L. Black on March 25, 2013
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Loved this book. I am a big fan of Cruz and wish there would be many more books on this series to follow. Read it!! You won't be sorry!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sweet Falene on February 2, 2013
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This second installment of Enemy in blue is just as intense as the first, only in "The Trial" the action plays out in a courtroom instead of on the streets. On the edge of your seat tension as the trial plays out, If you love Grisham, you won't want to pass up Enemy in Blue!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JUDY DANIEL on June 28, 2013
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Good story but again sentences missing that just ruins the book,this is the third time this has happened to me.does anyone review these books before putting them out for the public?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sunny on June 14, 2013
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I read a little bit of it but it never captured my attention so I deleted it off of my kindle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Del Robison on July 24, 2013
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Good book. Excellent court scenes showing what the poor face in our courts, particulary when it seems all the courts want to do is plea bargain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Lee on June 30, 2013
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Enemy in Blue: The Trial is the second book in the Cruz Marquez series and it piqued my interest immediately. I am coming back for the first of the series and any others I can find.
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