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Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite
Following a shootout during the Federal trial of Chicago’s infamous bank robber, “The Bearded Bandit”, some members of the Chicago Police Department lost their lives. Unfortunately, former Chicago PD Detective Harry Belluomini was among the officers who were killed. While the media houses gave “The Bearded Bandit” more than enough exposure, with even movies made about him, they never gave the fallen heroes the recognition they deserved. Thirty years after Harry Belluomini’s demise, Matt Hader introduces Chicago residents and perhaps the whole world to the late Harry Belluomini in his book Protector: The Harry Belluomini story. Get yourself a copy of this detailed memoir to know what the life of Chicago PD’s finest detective was like both professionally and domestically.
Matt Hader’s style of writing is great and he is, by any standard, an accomplished writer. His writing exhibits the ability to paint a moment in time, harnessing emotions with his words and capturing the mood with originality. Given that the memoir consists mainly of conversations with the closest of Harry Belluomini’s circle and supplemented with anecdotes, the latter in particular firmly embeds a nostalgic tone into the narration. Matt gives life to his depictions, which made me feel as if I was right there participating in his conversations. His short simple sentences, his conversational and friendly tone, together with his well-considered choice of words, make the memoir perceptive and engaging. He aligns his thoughts in such a way that the story has a beautiful flow. You will have a chance to meet the late Harry Belluomini and know him at a personal level in Protector.