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Suspense, Intrigue, and Social Commentary: Reviewing Mark M. Bello's "The Anti-Semite Next Door"
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Monday, January 29, 2024

 

Can one imagine livingnext to a neighbor who holds dangerous anti-Semitic views?

The Anti-Semite NextDoor by Mark M. Bello uncovers the emergence of bigotry inpresent-day America. Within the narrative, Bello examines theevolving backdrop where conventional bigot stereotypes, such asneo-Nazis, are replaced by a different reality.


The novel exploresthe unsettling idea that anti-Semites and racists can no longer beeasily identified. In contrast, they might present themselves astypical, even delightful, members of our localities. Bello exposeshow bigotry hides in our neighbors' seemingly harmless appearance,urging readers to confront their biases and confront theuncomfortable realities of prejudice in everyday life.

Bello's latest novel isthe ninth installment in the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller Series

Readers are instantly captivated by the opening sentences.Masterfully, Bello combines suspense, legal drama, and societalcommentary.

The story begins with ZackBlake attending his friends Rich and Gail's son Josh's bar-mitzvah,which quickly turns into a nightmare due to a bomb blast.

In the aftermath, JoshCooper and his neighbor, Chip Ellis, vanish, sparking a turbulentwhirlwind of suspicion and fear. Thankfully, there were no fatalitiesin the explosive attack.

It has been revealed thatJoshua and Chip are being held captive by a white supremacist groupcalled the Patrol Storm Troopers (PST), led by Winger Wright, whosefather was the founder of the organization. Despite being captive,Josh remains resilient by staying in contact with his fellow captiveneighbor, Chip, who assures him that things will eventually improve.

Overwhelmed with grief,Rich and Gail beg Zachary to track down Josh and make sure he comesback unharmed. Zachary promises to do everything possible to safelyreturn Josh to his parents. Zack suspects that the kidnapping of Joshand Chip could be a distraction due to a hidden motive. He ponders ifthe reason for the kidnapping is terrorism, financial motives, or amixture of both.

Zack encounters DetectiveLowery from the West Bloomfield police force at the crime scene.Lowery is convinced that Josh and Chip have perished, and isanticipating the discovery of their bodies amidst the ruins of thesynagogue. 

Zack disagrees with this perspective, stressing that amore powerful bomb would have completely destroyed the building andresulted in numerous casualties. Zack believes the incident is a hatecrime and urges Lowery to contact the FBI, specifically mentioningAgent Clare Gibson from Detroit, who he thinks is experienced inhandling such cases.

Lowery reluctantlyentertains Zack's theory on hate crimes and proposes the possiblerole of the Patrol Storm Troopers. He agrees to contact Gibson asZack recommended but cautions Zack against meddling in theinvestigation.

As we follow Zack on histumultuous journey full of unexpected surprises, we see hisunwavering faith in Micah Love, whom he regards as one of America'sfinest private detectives. 

Micah's skills have been extremely valuable insolving numerous crimes, resulting in thrilling adventures andlucrative prizes. Micah is both surprised and relieved when he learnsthat Zack was close to the synagogue bombing but is safe. Realizingthat local authorities are insufficient, Zack turns to Micah for helpin uncovering the truth about the attack and identifying who isbehind it.

Zack has no faith inparticular FBI agents and encourages Micah to get in touch with ClareGibson. He strongly believes that she should be responsible formanaging the case. 

Clare, who was transferred from Detroit to the LasVegas office, expresses her unhappiness with her relocation andwished to return to Michigan. 

The directorial opportunity in Detroitmakes her long for the four seasons of her home state. Micah, acolleague Clare knows from their previous job, reaches out to her onbehalf of Zack, asking for her help in the case. 

He assures her thatZack's influence will be sufficient in ensuring her smooth return toDetroit.

Chip Ellis  has surfaced as the main suspect in thekidnapping and bombing investigation. With every page turn, readersexplore a labyrinth of doubt, where alliances become unclear, andtruths slip away. While the novel tells a fictional story, itreflects real-world tensions and prejudices that sadly mirrorhistorical patterns and current dilemmas.

The novel forces readersto face the disturbing truth of bigotry in modern-day America, whereprejudice can exist within everyday people. By weaving grippingstorytelling and societal commentary, Bello encourages reflection onprejudice's complexities in daily life.s of resilience, redemption,and the blurred lines between innocence and complicity. Ultimately,Bello's account underscores the significance of acknowledging andtackling bigotry in every manifestation.

 Norm Goldman of Bookpleasures.com

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