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Hot Pursuit [Kindle Edition]

Paul Bishop
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A Calico Jack Walker / Tina Tamiko L.A.P.D. novel . . .

It’s 1977 and veteran L.A.P.D. cop Calico Jack Walker and his rookie partner, Tina Tamiko, are planning to make Calico’s last shift on the job something special – but plans, as they do, come apart because Walker and Tamiko are good cops no matter what the cost . . . even if they're L.A. cops, in uniform, in their patrol car, on duty, and way out of their jurisdiction on the Las Vegas Strip.

When a major crime is going down, good cops never hesitate.


PRAISE FOR HOT PURSUIT: “The closest equivalent to Joe Wambaugh yet . . . Hot Pursuit could hardly be better.” — The Los Angeles Times

"A full-throttle reading experience that sweeps you aboard with its opening sentences, speed shifts into high gear, and doesn't give you a chance to catch your breath until you've reached The End . . . the most exciting caper you're likely to find in print this year." — Wayne Dundee, Editor, Hardboiled


A thirty-five year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Paul has twice been honored as Detective of the Year. Aside from his numerous novels, he has written scripts for episodic televison and feature films. As a nationally recognized interrogator, he appears regularly on the hit ABC reality series Take The Money And Run.

He categorically denies ever making an on-duty run such as the one described in this novel and will continue to do so until the statute of limitations has expired . . .

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  • Print Length: 259 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00571O3X2
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to Put Down! August 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As of this writing, this e-book is available for $2.99, and let me tell you THAT is a bargain. If you love mysteries and/or police proceedurals and/or "buddy" relationships - this book is for you. I have been looking for this as an ebook for awhile, under its' original title - "Citadel Run" - which talks about a famous (fictional?) race that LAPD officers would sometimes do to see if, on their shift, they were able to get to Vegas and back in record time.

Add to that an about to retire male cop and his new female (japanese american) partner (remember this is 1977 - so all of this is a big deal within the plot), as well as a nice mystery for them to solve - you have on great book here.

The author, Paul Bishop, is a law enforcement officer himself and his writing offers the reader the feel of being behind the scenes while still presenting an entertaining story. This was, as I recall, the first book by Bishop and set the stage for many other works, and characters. His books are always engaging and enjoyable.

If you want to begin with a bang, then "Hot Pursuit" (aka Citadel Run) is for you. You will not be sorry, and this will definitely leave you wanting more!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Pursuit by Paul Bishop August 30, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
"Hot Pursuit" by veteran LAPD Detective Paul Bishop is an outstanding book! I love the characters especially the relationship between the veteran Officer Calico Jack Walker and his rookie partner, Tina Tamiko. Mr. Bishop knows the LAPD inside and out and it shows in his writings about that very interesting organization.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! July 13, 2012
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This is an example of everyone winning when an author's backlist is published as low cost e-books. Polished writing and a good story that are not normally found in a $2.99 book (or free like I got this one).

A couple of caveats, mentioned by other reviewers:

1. If you are offended by racial/gender/otherwise slurs, skip this. This book seems like a relatively accurate reflection of policemen in several decades ago, long before PC training and sexual harassment lawsuits came about. The narrative is more believable because of the banter and language used, but it can be heavy handed, so buyer beware.

2. The Kindle formatting is terrible in spots. My guess is that the publisher just grabbed an old paperback book and scanned it into the computer and published it without having someone do a read-through to sanity check it. I can look past a lot of scanning errors though, since there's no grammar or punctuation abuse like you'll find in the newer under-edited offerings you'll find in the same price range.

Conclusion: If the formatting was perfect, I'd be tempted to give this a full five stars or at least a 4.5.
Recommend to others? Yes
Read again? Yes
Read the next in the series? Already finished it
Read anything else from this author? I'm in the middle of Penalty Shot and am really enjoying it so far.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Lousy Layout January 31, 2012
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I love this book! In fact I loved it so much that I just bought the sequel. And since I got this one for free, that is an endorsement.

It's 1978. Training officer Calico Jack Walker and his partner probationary officer Tina Tamiko are about to reach different milestones in their careers. Calico is about to retire after 30 years on the job and Tina is about to end her probationary status. One really bad night on patrol sets several wheels in motion, sparking a feud with two officers from a different division,and an unlikely romance. It all culminates in a race to Las Vegas and back while both sets of partners are supposed to be on duty, and proof that good cops - really good cops - are good cops whether their on duty, off duty, or a few hundred miles outside of their jurisdiction...while on duty.

Paul Bishop wrote this story in the 1990s but because it doesn't feel dated. That may be because of the period setting. The book is a mix of low even slapstick comedy, high tension drama, caper story, buddy tale and rip-snorting adventure, with a touch of sex and romance for a little extra flavour. None of it, including the sex and romance feel extraneous or forced. One can imagine a bunch of cops sitting around a bar telling stories and having this one come up in the course of the evening. Sailors call this "yarning" and this is a good yarn.

So, if I love the book so much why only four stars? Well while the book is great there are enough typos and problems with the layout that it had a negative impact on my enjoyment of the novel. Beyond the usual mispellings and extraneous characters that you sometimes find, there are sentences that have a paragraph break in the middle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Police Novel November 19, 2011
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I've been there and can tell when a police novel is written by someone who's also been there and done (or witnessed) some of the traumatic and comical that makes up the life of a police patrol officer. Paul Bishop hits a home run with HOT PURSUIT. It has been a long time since I read so enjoyable a book about cops. Patrol Officers are hard to write about because their lives are so episodic. Not connected enough for most novels, unless someone who really knows how to write does it - like Paul Bishop. If you like stories about cops - GET THIS BOOK!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Knight
This book puts me in mind of Thumper from Joseph Wambaugh. An old cop facing retirement. A lot of reminiscing and a lot of action. Read more
Published 23 days ago by David Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
If you liked the old Joseph Waumbaugh books, I mean the original ones, you'll love this one too!! Great characters and inter-play among them, a totally out of control LAPD... Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Pursuit Plus
There is a lot of crime and police activities underway here. While the story centers around inner police department antics and manly chest thumping, there is action aplenty. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Twostory
2.0 out of 5 stars Started with promise....but ended with silliness.
This book started out really good. It promised to be a gritty 'cops on the beat' type of book.
But then about half way through it turned into a 'Smoky and the Bandit'... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Emmil Priebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Pursuit
A very good book by Paul Bishop. Kept me Interested throughout entire book. Two very good characters that had various experiences which keeps the reader wanting to read more. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael D. Connell
4.0 out of 5 stars Are You A Fan Of 70's/80's Action/Buddy Cop Movies?
Then you definitely should give HOT PURSUIT a read. Given that Paul Bishop had a long and distinguished career with the L.A.P.D. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Derrick Ferguson
2.0 out of 5 stars ok. Nothing more
interesting book, but does not add nothing interesting or different from others writters, except from the race, but there are so many "coincidences" of unrelated stories in the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by André Luiz Cabral Dutra
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
As I have stated before, I,love these mystery books. This was one of the best. I have recommended this to my friends.
Published 9 months ago by Peggy Burroughs
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and often very funny
This easy comparison here is with Joseph Wambaugh, who also chronicled the ribald adventures of LAPD cops. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mets6986
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't understand all the good reviews
I read a quarter of the book and besides acting like arrogant idiots, these cops are the worst of the worst. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Georgia Carter
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More About the Author

A thirty-five year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, Paul Bishop's career has included a three year tour with his department's Anti-Terrorist Division and over twenty-five years' experience in the investigation of sex crimes. His Special Assaults Units regularly produced the highest number of detective initiated arrests and highest crime clearance rates in the city. Twice honored as Detective of the Year, Paul has also received the Quality and Productivity Commission Award from the City of Los Angeles.

As a nationally recognized interrogator, Paul starred as the lead interrogator and driving force behind the ABC TV reality show Take The Money And Run from producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Based on his expertise in deception detection, he currently conducts interrogation seminars for law enforcement, military, and human resource organizations.

Paul has published twelve novels, including five in his L.A.P.D. Detective Fey Croaker series. He has also written numerous scripts for episodic television and feature films. He currently writes and edits the Fight Card series of hardboiled boxing novel under the pseudonym Jack Tunney

Paul can be found blogging at, and followed via Facebook ( Twitter (@BishsBeat). The Fight Card series can be tracked at

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