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Credo's Hope Paperback – September 15, 2012
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For me, growing up on a working cattle ranch in Arizona was nothing short of incredible. I learned to ride almost before I could walk. I loved racing after a stampeding herd of cattle over the desert floor on Smokey Jove, my coal black quarter horse. I hunted with raptors and played tackle football in the cow pens with the hired hands. My father taught me to shoot when I was six and I trained my first dog, well, when the dog was still bigger than me!
Joining the Tucson Police Department seemed like a natural transition after such a rough and tumble childhood. I had earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in writing at the University of Arizona and was looking for a career that could satisfy my other great passion in life - the need to know what "it" is like. What is just around the corner that I can't see? What haven't I done that I'd love to do?
A police officer is always waiting to see what will happen next. And the exciting part is, you have to meet the challenge head on. There is no choice. That's what I loved about police work.
While I was a cop, I worked every possible job I could, changing assignments every few years just because I could. I loved working as a patrol officer on the city's south side, but the idea of becoming a detective fascinated me. When I was a detective, I wanted to be a sergeant, and when a sergeant, I spent hundreds of hours studying to be a Lieutenant. I was a hostage negotiator, I commanded Undercover Units and Riot Control Squads, just because I could. Just because I wanted to know what "it" was like.
Then something strange happened. Again, passion is a funny thing. Someone asked me if I would have any regrets when I retired. I thought, "What have I missed?" The answer was easy. Shortly thereafter, the K9 sergeant position opened, and against the advice of all my fellow commanders - except one wonderful Deputy Chief of Police (she really is a saint in my book) - I took a voluntary demotion from the rank of Lieutenant and became the Sergeant/Supervisor for the 11 man K9 squad. That assignment was a rocky ride, but well worth it because now, I'll always know "What it's like".
When I retired after twenty exciting, extraordinary years on the police department, I went back to working with Raptors at a wonderfully unique program at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. I also learned to fox hunt (don't know why they call it hunting, the darn fox constantly thumbs his nose at the poor fox hounds) and most importantly, for now at least, I began to write. I love to write just as I loved to train animals and just as I loved being a cop. I hope that through my writing, you can share a little of my passions and my experiences and know what it's like to wonder what "it" is really like.
Top Customer Reviews
I will gladly shout from the rooftops about how much I enjoyed this book. From page one I was interested in the story and the characters, and couldn't wait to read more. Wolfe was smart and bold, and felt incredibly genuine. Perfect reactions, I'd say she was one of the best, real feeling characters I've read in, well.. maybe ever. I was struck by how accurate Wolfe's police career was portrayed, only to find out the author not only works on the police force, but also offers tips on her blog for authors that want to write accurate police characters. For readers who enjoy comparing characters and book series, I found some similarities between Wolfe and Stephanie Plum, though Stephanie relies almost entirely on luck, and Wolfe has the brains and the guts to solve the case.
I loved the plot, and the mystery was well thought out, with just enough little hints along the way so the ending was a pleasant surprise (I never expected that one!), but not a huge, out-of-left-field kind of shock. My favorite part? When Wolfe's supervisor, Kate, assigned Wolfe to on-call duty as "punishment" for going against her orders. Talk about some great revenge! But you'll just have to read it and find out why.Read more ›
The horse on the cover, as I found out while reading, is a racing horse named Credo's Hope. The lady with the gun on the front is Detective Alex Wolfe. So, the cover is an apt depiction of a couple of main character(s) that is in the story.
Alex is an arse-kicking, quick-tempered detective who has a knack for getting into trouble without even trying. Her mother is constantly trying to get her invited to get-togethers where Alex could possibly meet "Mr. Right."
Casey is Alex's work partner. She thinks before speaking and tries her best to get Alex to do the same thing.
Kate is Alex and Casey's boss and finds Alex's antics somewhat humorous, but extremely tiresome. She is a hard boss, but fair.
Megan has been Alex's best friend since pre-K and teaches dog training classes. She helps Alex and Casey on a side investigation that Alex is working on in her spare time.
The story is very engaging and will keep you reading wanting to know more. There seem to be two main plots with a few sub-plots, but it is all kept well organized and does not get confusing at all. As a matter of fact, it is part of what keeps you engaged and continuing to read.
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a good mystery with a strong female lead who can kick arse with the best of them. =)
Two things really set the story apart from the current wave of crime dramas. The first is the level of detail involved in the police work itself. It just seems authentic and realistic, and never resorts to those conveniently lucky breaks that make you roll your eyes and wonder what the characters would do in real life. The second is that the story excites you. It makes you want to cheer for the detectives, and makes you want to play along at solving the mystery (without any eccentric genius detectives or new-fangled CSI techniques to break the case).
I don't generally read a lot of detective stories, but I would gladly sign up for another in this series.
Alex, and her partner Casey, are called to a case where a prostitute has been shot, a young girl injured and the suspect is in the wind. It's going to take hard work and a bit of luck to track him down, but Alex can't resist her best friends plea to take on a cold case involving a death row inmate. Investigating on her own time, Alex manages put her boss offside and to step on a few toes, including those of the Prada shod mafia boss, Giannina Angelino. Despite being assaulted, shot at, kidnapped and harassed, Alex is determined to follow every lead and see justice done.
I enjoyed the multi layered plot spear headed by Alex's official and unofficial investigation. Holt's own experience as a police officer is evident in the details, from the investigative process to the physical confrontations. There are also some interesting subplots, such as Casey's ongoing argument with another detective, Mrs Highland and Alex's accidental involvement with the local mafia. There is no sense of crowding despite all the action and the pacing is well handled. The dialogue is well written, snappy and realistic and generally the standard of writing is high. There were a few occasions where I thought the writing could be a little tighter, I think it would benefit from an experienced editor just to provide a final gloss of professionalism to the manuscript.
Holt displays real strength in developing a cast of realistic, dynamic characters all of which are appealing. Alex is smart and grounded with enough attitude to make hard choices for the right reasons.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
How much more could any one person want or need than two best friends who would fight for them through thick and thin. Who shared the good times and bad times. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
I truly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the next one "Credo's Legacy". Detective Alex Wolfe is always in trouble in life, work and everything in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by B. J. Brown
Thank you Ms Holt!
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the sequels.
Keep up the good work!
Very much enjoyed the book. It had my attention as much as James Patterson's Women's ClubPublished 17 months ago by Andy
Love the character's in this series. I was not sure about this book but once I started I could not put it down and I stayed up all night to finish. Read morePublished on September 15, 2013 by leesht1
My opinion of this book is the same as Credo's Legacy. Alex Wolfe Mysteries......... Just the best. Read them. Would read anything by this GREAT writer.Published on July 7, 2013 by Shoich
I loved this book. I like all the friendships between all the woman cops, and also Megan. I also like dogs so this book was extra special to me.Published on July 2, 2013 by Paulette F. Roy
This book was well written and fun to read. It kept me hooked in suspense. I love to read. This book kept me going I couldn't put it down.Published on May 28, 2013 by Joe Huskey