Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Good Cop Bad Cop

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Sallie Moppert will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC+ 3 commenters will receive a prize pack consisting of pen, key chain, and magnet (US/Canada only) as a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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When his mother is beaten to death by his alcoholic stepfather, fourteen-year-old Samuel Marlowe is rescued from seeking revenge against him by a chance meeting with Officer Edwin Hill. The veteran policeman takes Sam under his wing and even becomes the boy’s foster father.

Sam becomes a cop and works alongside his beloved mentor until Edwin is killed in a shooting. Hailed as a hero for his actions in the case, Sam feels like anything but. He begins a dark descent away from the stand-up policeman he once was, turning to drugs and alcohol to numb his pain and his PTSD.

The police captain assigns Sam a partner hoping to salvage what is left of him by forcing him to become a good role model for the young recruit. Needless to say, Sam is not pleased with the arrangement, protesting it up until the moment Junior Detective Dahlia Bennett enters his life.

Will he try to shake her loose? Does her by-the-book ideals and strong moral code rub off on him? Will his relaxed attitude and views on true justice start to influence her?  What will ultimately lead to the two becoming a solid team? When Dahlia declares she wants to reopen some cases believing that the wrong person was sent to prison, Sam tells her straight out that in doing so, she would be putting her life at risk. As Dahlia persists, Sam is faced with the ultimate decision: let Dahlia reopen the cases and discover his crimes, or kill her to keep her from learning the truth.

My Review...

You know that feeling where you HAVE to go do something and you wish you could do your work and still hold the book or e-book in front of you? Well, this is that kind of book.

This is a book containing what you might think of as almost novellas, but it is really the continuing story a young boy growing up with an uncaring mother and a stepfather who is abusive. He has a hard time growing up but gets a few breaks in life. He grows up to be a cop. A cop that I was mad at a lot of the time and one I was glad for at other times. I think I was even mad at the author and how she portrayed him. But I think that is because of strong writing evoking emotion. I always try to say something when an author creates an emotional feeling in the reader. Think about it, this is a set of letters on your page or your screen. Somehow an author can craft those words to create an emotion in the reader. Pretty darned amazing isn’t it?

Those emotions created by the author’s writing and her ability to make me feel I knew those characters were what kept me reading. Every page; not one word skipped for fear I might miss something.

I could put down all those pat statements about descriptive writing and the smooth flow of the text, etc., etc., but it’s not what I want to get across to you here. This is a really good story. Sometimes hard to read only because of events and the people involved, but still one to make sure you read.

I read that Sallie Moppert is a freelance writer. I found books she has co-written with other authors but as far as I can find this may be her first fiction book written by herself. Whether my research is correct or not, we need to be watching for anything else she publishes.

read an excerpt...

Brian stepped forward, opening the massive doors with ease, and walked straight into the sea of microphones, camera flashes, and video recorders. Roderick followed a few steps behind his loyal attorney and stood at his side as he waited for the onslaught of the inevitable media coverage that was a result of the trial’s conclusion.

“People, please,” Brian started to speak, holding his hands up to halt the millions of questions that were being voiced to him all at once.

Once the media crowd quieted down, Brian addressed them: 
“I am pleased to announce that my client, Mr. Roderick Morgan, was found not guilty for the deaths of his parents, Walter and Cassidy Morgan. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan adopted Roderick and raised him as if he was their own flesh and blood. There was no way that he would repay their love and kindness by brutally murdering them as they lay sleeping in their beds.”

Roderick nudged Brian, who turned to look at him.

“May I?” he asked.

“Of course,” Brian said.

Roderick stepped in front of Brian to better face the endless crowd of media before him.

“I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone who supported me throughout this dreadful ordeal,” he said, speaking in the sweet and innocent tone that had helped him to win over the jury a short time ago.

Roderick’s gentle eyes and sincere expression then suddenly transformed to that of smugness accompanied by a sneer. “But that proves that you are all stupid as hell,” he said with a wink. “Because I got away with murder. Adios!”

Roderick pulled his designer sunglasses out of his designer suit coat pocket and put them on as his personal driver pulled up in front of the courthouse with his golden Maserati. The media watched in stunned silence as Roderick descended the concrete steps to his car, not a care in the world. Brian followed solemnly behind him, his head lowered in shame at the admission of guilt by his client.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

A New York native, Sallie has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, with a Specialization in Forensic Science. A lifelong mystery fan, she has combined her love and passion for writing with her interests in criminal justice, law, and forensic science.
Sallie currently resides in New York with her family and her “zoo,” which includes two dogs, two guinea pigs, a betta fish and a leopard gecko. She works as a freelance writer/editor and a legal assistant.

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  1. Thank you for taking the time to share your terrific book with us. I enjoyed reading about it.

  2. Thank you so much for hosting and for your kind words!

    1. Really enjoyed the book. Good luck with it.

  3. Are any of the characters based on real people? Congrats on the release.

  4. Do you have any ideas for your next book? Congrats on the release.


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