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Bad Luck Cadet & Bad Luck Officer: A True-life Adventure Paperback – May 15, 2012
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About the Author
I became a police officer in my 40's. I'm now a detective in a small Arizona town and I write about my adventures. My granddaughter calls me Princess Cop though most days my tiara is slightly crooked. I'm currently working on Book III of my Bad Luck series "Bad Luck in Small Town"
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Bad Luck Cadet is the story of the decision Suzie Ivy made to attend the police academy in Arizona. She was already in her mid 40's and had the added strike against her of being over weight. But Suzie is one of those people who will positively prove you wrong if you think she can't succeed. She won acceptance to the academy and this story is a true telling of the months leading up to leaving home to attend the academy and her eighteen weeks of survival during her training. Because this author has a gift for making her readers feel they are right there experiencing everything with her I often found myself practically worn out just reading about all the physical and mental training she endured. I also learned to thoroughly dislike one of her trainers, but to like several of the other cadets she was training with. Don't get me wrong, the instructors needed to be thorough and to push the cadets as hard as possible in order to find those who just couldn't quite make it through. Luckily for the law enforcement community in the town she works for in Arizona, Suzie made it through.
Bad Luck Officer takes up immediately after Suzie finishes her cadet training. This is the retelling of true events which she experienced during her first several years on the police force. She said in the book that she had to make some slight changes in recounting the cases she worked for legal and moral reasons, but the essence of each case is still firmly intact. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the other officers on the force with their differing personalities and specializations. I also appreciated the way Suzie related how the other members of the force reacted to her as a female officer and how she chose to handle those situations. This is real, live policing with the good and the bad aspects of what goes on behind the scenes. Throw in a little political patronage, dealing with some unsavory people, and Suzie discovering a talent toward certain specific aspects of police work and this is a book that I just didn't want to end. A gifted storyteller relating real life events.
Both of these books were great, but by putting them together in one volume they are now a wonderful continuing saga. Granted the first book isn't quite as well written as the second, but that simply shows me that this talented woman has once again taken up a challenge and given it her all. The second book was so accomplished it read like it had been written by a professional and that's exactly what this author has become, both in her police work and in her writing. Her humor is infectious (probably for me that's because I seem to see the same humor she sees) and her empathy for those she encounters in her job is wonderful to behold. But, lest you think she might be a softie, I'm thinking she can be quite formidable when she steps into cop mode and uses that "I will have your undivided attention" voice. When combined these two books make a compelling story. I can't wait to see what happens next as this police officer's career moves her in another direction. Faster writing on Suzie's part would be nice. Just a thought ma'am.
Just the basic facts of the story amaze me. At the age of forty-four, Susie Ivey decided to follow her dream of becoming a police officer. The first book, "Bad Luck Cadet," chronicles her decision and application through her time at the police academy and the final victory of graduation. I learned a lot of really cool stuff about Tasers, pepper spray, polygraph tests and body searches, just to name a few.
I had no idea that police training was so intense, so I certainly came away with more respect for officers than ever. But my respect for Officer Ivey is even greater. I don't know that I've ever wanted anything -- and I mean ANYTHING -- in my life badly enough to go through that kind of hell. (Of course, I am the girl who forged her mother's signature for nearly a year to get out of PE in middle school; the idea of all that brutal physical exertion makes me break out in a cold sweat.)
Just reading about the training exhausted me. I would have died in the first week. (Who am I kidding? The first day.) Facing some obstacles in your own life? Need a role-model for stamina, courage, and perseverance? Pick up a copy of "Bad Luck Cadet." It's inspirational for anybody, but especially for women.
"Bad Luck Officer" follows Ivey further as she begins her life as a rookie in a small town in Arizona. We are treated to an insider's view of all the quirks and characters of a small town, all told with a sense of humor. Ivey deals with everything from the angry town witch to snakes in the living room to a little old lady who refuses to give up her driving license. But she also takes us along to the darker side of law enforcement with truths of what happens in the lives all around us: domestic violence, drunk driving, drug abuse and child molestation.
Officer Ivey has a blog ([...]) which I am now addicted to.
There's another "Bad Luck" book on the way, "Bad Luck Detective," and I'm really looking forward to it!
The later parts of the book follow the author after police academy graduation and through several years "on the job". This was again fascinating to me, and it was well-written and easy to read. Lots of gritty details about "the street" but also about the internal culture of police departments, what being a cop is like (and what being the first female cop in Small Town PD is like), and many other things that most of us don't experience in our lives.