The Anti-Semite Next Door

A Zachary Blake Legal Thriller

Fiction - Mystery - Legal
327 Pages
Reviewed on 01/09/2024
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Author Biography

Mark M. Bello was one of the first attorneys to sue the Catholic Church over sexual abuse by clergy, an experience that inspired his debut novel, “Betrayal of Faith.” Through his “ripped from the headlines” novels, he takes readers deep into the courtroom fights that protect our most precious rights, giving readers a front-row glimpse into what victims face when standing up for justice.

Bello and his spouse, Tobye, have four children and ten grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. For more information, please visit

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Anti-Semite Next Door? is a work of fiction in the legal thriller, mystery, and suspense subgenres, and is part of the Zachary Blake Legal Thriller collection penned by author Mark M. Bello. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience owing to adult themes and some strong language. Our protagonist, attorney Zachary Blake, is drawn into a complex case when a bar mitzvah is disrupted by a bomb, leading to the disappearance of Josh Cooper and his neighbor, Chip Ellis. As the investigation unfolds, it is revealed that the perpetrators are alt-right extremists, demanding both money and a platform for their hateful ideology. Rich Cooper receives a ransom demand, and the situation becomes a high-stakes negotiation. When the FBI intervenes, the plot takes unexpected turns, putting Chip Ellis in a precarious position as he faces accusations of being involved with the terrorists.

Author Mark M. Bello's latest legal thriller is an intense experience, blending legal drama with societal issues in a seamlessly poignant way that leaves you thinking long after you set the book down. The narrative has a fantastic pace in shifting between scenes of high drama and emotive, dynamic discussions, navigating the complexities of issues like domestic terrorism, hate crimes, and the flaws in the American legal system. Bello creates a thought-provoking scenario that delves into the dynamics of prejudice and the lengths people go to challenge or perpetuate it, and it’s clear that the subject matter is well-researched and deeply considered. Zachary Blake's central character portrayal shines through with some fantastic speech and thought presentation techniques, giving us a complex serving of this determined and principled attorney navigating the murky waters of justice. Overall, The Anti-Semite Next Door? is a gripping addition to the Zachary Blake legal thriller series, and I would highly recommend it to fans of suspenseful drama, mystery, and thrills everywhere.

Alma Boucher

In Mark M. Bello's legal thriller, The Anti-Semite Next Door?, Zack met Rich's neighbor Chip Ellis at Temple Kol Yisrael when he went to his buddy Rich's son's bar mitzvah. Investigators were able to connect an Oklahoma City-style device to the explosion that occurred shortly after Josh Cooper and Chip Ellis entered the Temple men's room. No bodies were found among the men's room debris, and neither Josh nor Chip could be located. Winger Wright's Internet browsing allowed him to blend in with the masses while he was hidden in plain sight. Although Winger is not in a rush to free the captives, he makes a mistake and reveals his position. When most of the terrorists were eliminated and the prisoners were released, Winger was nowhere to be found.

The Anti-Semite Next Door? is a gripping legal thriller with compelling characters. As is customary with author Mark M. Bello, the story is engaging with unexpected twists and turns. The plot advances quickly as tension and fear grow, building to a dramatic conclusion. This book is a page-turner, and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters were well-developed and relatable. Zack is not allowed to interfere with the investigation, and he contacts his friends to investigate the case. However, he always makes sure that a case gets all the attention it needs. The story is well-written and had me hooked from the start until the end. This thriller exceeded all my expectations, and I enjoyed the surprises.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

The Anti-Semite Next Door? by Mark M Bello is a Zachary Blake Legal Thriller. Zach is at Josh Cooper’s bar-mitzvah when a bomb goes off. Now Josh has disappeared, along with Chip Ellis, his neighbor. When Josh’s father, Rich, receives a ransom demand, it comes to light that the kidnappers are homophobic, anti-Semitic terrorists. They don’t just want money. They want to get their manifesto out to the world and are in no hurry to release the hostages. One false move tells the Feds where he is, but when they storm the place, they find the hostages. However, Winger Wright, the terrorist leader, is nowhere to be found, until Josh identifies Chip Ellis from a photo. When Chip is arrested, Rich tells him to hire Blake. Is Chip guilty? Blake thinks he is, but he might just have been in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Anti-Semite Next Door? by Mark M Bello is the first one I have read by this author, and it kept me hooked. A taut legal thriller, this will have you on the edge of your seat all the way through as the action heats up and the plot gets more intricate with each page turned. The characters are very real people and highly relatable, and there is enough information on the main character, Zachar Blake, to understand him. However, although this could be read as a standalone, the entire series should be read to truly get a feel for the story and characters. This is a rollercoaster ride, a tale of domestic terrorism that could, and likely does, happen regularly in today’s world. Highly enjoyable story; I recommend this to anyone who loves a good legal thriller.