Tuesday, February 9, 2010
And a New Book for Me
Before the month is over, I'll have copies of An Axe to Grind, the latest in my Rocky Bluff P.D. series.
Unlike my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, these tales are told from multiple points of view--officers of the Rocky Bluff P.D. and members of their families. Rocky Bluff is a fictional beach community located between Santa Barbara and Ventura on the Southern California coast.
The story begins with the discovery of a headless corpse. The victim turns out to be a stalker and the suspects include the father, brother, and boyfriend of the young girl being stalked, as well as the victim's foster father.
The romance between Detective Doug Milligan and Officer Stacey Wilbur is put on hold because of the investigation. Maria Navarro continues to have a problem with her mother-in-law.
Stacey is called on to investigate the report of a child molester. Barbara Strickland, a mother and the wife of the handsome public information officer, learns something surprising about herself.
During the investigation Doug disappears and Stacey sets out to find him.
Though this is a series, I've written each book so it can be read as a stand-alone.
Because the Rocky Bluff P.D. is small, they don't have all the modern equipment larger cities have and most investigations are done the old-fashioned way. Asking questions, following clues.
I've had a great time writing about all these folks and have come to know them as well as I know any of my friends, and Rocky Bluff is as real to me as any of the many towns I've visited.
Having a son-in-law who was a 15 year veteran of a similar police department gave me the incentive to write this series. I really wanted to show how the job affects the family and what's going on in the family affects the police officer on the job. I also wanted to show something my son-in-law pointed out to me, the police never work on one case at a time, as shown on TV and in the movies.