Murder Behind the Badge by Stacy Dittrich Review by Yvonne Mason

January 31, 2010 at 2:46 am (Crime Novels) (, , , , , , )


Murder Behind the Badge by Stacy Dittrich is one of the best books I have ever read about Cops who have gone bad. She delves into the minds and psych of cops all across the country who have committed henious crimes. She ends her book with Gerard Schaefer Florida’s first serial killer.

Stacy used my book Silent Scream as her research for this chapter. It was truly humbling to see my work in her book.

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Stars & Shields, Cop Stories – Edward T. Cook, Author

August 1, 2009 at 9:07 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Stars & Shields

Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘One afternoon, two officers had parked their police vehicles alongside each other and they were talking. All of a sudden, one officer observed a homeless person taking his clothes off near their vehicles. The homeless person was asked why he was taking his clothes off. The homeless person stated to the officers that he was too hot. The homeless person then put his clothes back on and left the area.

About ten minutes later, the officers got a call about a naked man walking on the sidewalk in front of the downtown restaurants. When the officers arrived, there in front of them was their homeless man, fully naked and enjoying a stroll downtown.’

This is just one of the many “Cop Stories” told by Cook in his book Stars & Shields. Some of the stories will make you mad and some will make you laugh, but all will give you a better idea of the trials these unsung heroes go through day by day. This may be a short read but it’s a good one.

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Reviews of Gumbo Justice Author Holli, Castillo,

August 1, 2009 at 8:20 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


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Synopsis of Gumbo Justice

New Orleans can be a dangerous place. Especially for a prosecutor.

Ryan Murphy is an assistant district attorney who likes her Tequila cold and her cops hot. With a mouth that doesn’t know quite when to stop, her attitude plays well in front of a jury, but has a tendency to tick off judges, defendants, and other attorneys alike. Battling demons from her past and checking her self-destructive streak take a back seat to her ambition, and she’s not above skating the line just a little to get what she wants. It seems her hard work is just about to pay off. If she snags a detective in the process, well, that’s just a little lagniappe for her trouble. Life should be good.

Enter a demented psycho, with a plan to ruin Ryan’s life before he ultimately kills her.

Set against the backdrop of pre-Katrina New Orleans, Gumbo Justice is the first in a series that follows the tumultuous life of prosecutor Ryan Murphy.

REVIEWS:

A New Queen of Thrillers,

By J. M. Orenduff, author of THE POT THIEF 

 

“Move over James Patterson – Holli Castillo has arrived. Well, it makes sense doesn’t it? Patterson was an advertising exec; Holli Castillo is a criminal appellate public defender and former prosecutor in New Orleans. Which one do you suppose has been up close and personal with the seamy side of life? Castillo’s first thriller – Gumbo Justice – takes us on a wild ride into the drug scene in the Big Easy’s projects where we’re confronted with intertwined mysteries. Who is killing the defendants that assistant prosecutor Ryan Murphy failed to convict? And how is Murphy’s mysterious family history related to the killings? The plot takes more twists and turns than the old Zephyr roller coaster at Pontchartrain Beach. The final curve will blow you away, so whatever you do, do not peek at the last page. Murphy is the best hard-boiled heroine since V. I. Warshawski, but she’s smarter, tougher, and – in a piece of brilliant character development – paradoxically more vulnerable. Gumbo Justice is fast-paced and tightly woven, combining a psycho-thriller, a police procedural in a city where procedure takes a back seat to impulse, and a terrific love story – a stunning achievement.”

By Sunny Frazier, author of WHERE ANGELS FEAR and others in the Christy Bristol Mystery series“Holli Castillo has the pulse on law enforcement beyond the headlines in pre-Katrina New Orleans. Her background as a public defender lends her debut novel authenticity and a strong voice to prosecutor Ryan Murphy. Part police procedural, part legal drama, Castillo is a welcome addition to both genres.”

LINKS

website www.gumbojustice.net     www.hollicastillo.com

blog www.gumbojustice.blogspot.com

 

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