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.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Set in Canada the story follows Mike O’Shea and his partner Sal working in the Toronto Juvenile Prostitution Task Force as they are watching the comings and goings on a gang they are close to making arrests in and hopefully rescuing the young girls. There is word about that the gang will be upping sticks and moving out very soon, so it is a type of now or never situation. Communications between departments aren’t the best though with errors that expose each other a regular occurrence.
Mike and Sal make a pretty entertaining pair that feel like an old married couple way past the honeymoon period where habits become a real annoyance for each other. The dry humour is crisp between them and the swearing a lovely shade of blue but they are the salt of the earth. Each knowing the others thoughts as well as being extended family to each other after work.
It comes across clearly in the story that not all the cases have a happy ending as the daughter that left the family isn’t the one they are getting back, that little girl doesn’t exist anymore. Some families just can’t be mended. The ultimate aim is to bring the criminals to justice with the story taking a turn I wasn’t expecting.
This is a truly moving story in so many ways from so many different angles. The author has personal experience as a police officer and shows a great understanding of people and situations from all sides. A pretty good debut novel with more to follow on from this novel.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
For almost thirty years, Desmond P. Ryan began every day of his working life with either a victim waiting in a hospital emergency room, or a call to a street corner or a blood-soaked room where someone had been left for dead. Murder, assaults on a level that defied humanity, sexual violations intended to demean, shame, and haunt the individuals who were no more than objects to the offenders: all in a day’s work.
It was exhilarating, exhausting, and often heartbreaking.
As a Detective with the Toronto Police Service, Desmond P. Ryan wrote thousands of reports detailing the people, places, and events that led up to the moment he came along. He investigated the crimes and wrote synopses for guilty pleas detailing the circumstances that brought the accused individuals before the Courts. He also wrote a number of files to have individuals deemed either Not Criminally Responsible due to mental incapacity, or Dangerous Offenders to be held in custody indefinitely.
Now, as a retired investigator with three decades of research opportunities under his belt, Desmond P. Ryan writes crime fiction.
Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction