D/C Mike O’Shea, a young cop with a knack for working hard and following hunches, is on the verge of cracking a prostitution ring when an undercover from another unit burns him. With only days left before their pimps shuttle the girls out of the country, Mike pushes his team into overdrive. Hours later, with too little information, sleep, or luck, the unthinkable happens.
And now, the chase is personal.
In the first of the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, 10-33 Assist PC draws us into the dirty world of human trafficking through the eyes of the cops who put their lives on the line every day to shut it down. Written by a Real Detective, 10-33 Assist PC is the story of a cop who must decide how to move forward without forgetting the past.
Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction.
About the Author :
Very few books give you the real crime experience because even fewer authors have it.
Desmond P. Ryan has it.
For almost thirty years, he worked the back alleys, poorly-lit laneways, and forgotten neighbourhoods in the city where he grew up. Murder often most unkind, assaults on a level that defied humanity, and sexual violations intended to demean, shame, and haunt the victims were all in a day’s work. Days, evenings, midnights–all the same. Crime knows no time.
Exhilarating. Exhausting. Often heartbreaking.
Whether as a beat cop or a plainclothes detective, Desmond Ryan dealt with good people who did bad things and bad people who followed their instincts. He wrote thousands of reports describing their lives, the places they lived, and the things they did. He investigated their crimes and wrote detailed accounts of the activities that brought him into their world. Detective Ryan also held victims as they wept, talked desperate people off of ledges, and sat beside the decomposing bodies of men and women who, in life, had been discarded and long-forgotten by society.
Now, as a retired detective with three decades of research opportunities under his belt, Desmond Ryan write crime fiction.
Because he wants to tell you a story like no other. Because he wants to bring you inside a world that will both fascinate you and challenge what you thought you knew about human nature. Because he wants to seamlessly weave truth and fiction together to create a place for you where the Good Guys ultimately win.
And because you deserve to have the most authentic crime fiction experience every time you pick up one of Desmond Ryan’s books.
Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction.
’10-33 Assist PC’ is the beginning of a new series about Mike O’Shea, but that was not really the eye-catcher for me.
That it’s written by a real detective was!
That immediately created, for me at least, some expectations and they were met quite well I felt.
As it seems to be self-published I thought it was mostly greatly written, without too many mistakes, and the characters were strong, both likeable and irritating.
Take Sal for example, he annoyed the heck out of me with his sunflower seeds, but on the other hand it’s such a great characteristic to remember one by.
So somehow I can only say ‘well done, author’.
The story / plot itself then had, in my opinion, some unbelievable things in it. but as it says in the author’s bio : ‘real detective, real crime, FICTION’.
So I must confess it doesn’t bother me that much.
The fact however that it all builds to a distinct climax to having a rather anticlimactic, open ending bothers me a great deal.
I don’t mind series and cases that aren’t solved in one book, but here I feel kind of misled.
I have the feeling that it will be spread out in all the books to come.
I definitely would have liked to be warned about that on the cover.
As a matter of fact, the book isn’t that long so maybe the author should have considered to publish more parts together as one thick(er) novel with a more satisfying end.
I guess I would love it more then and be more keen to keep on reading as the story, the characters and the action really appealed to me from the start.
The Magic Of Wor(l)ds