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Hot Pursuit: A Walker / Tamiko L.A.P.D. Adventure (Volume 1) Paperback – November 29, 2017
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"The closest equivalent to Joe Wambaugh yet...Hot Pursuit could hardly be better." -- The Los Angeles Times
"Afull-throttle reading experience that sweeps you aboard with its opening sentences, speed shifts into high gear, and doesn't give you a chanceto catch your breath until you've reached The End...The mostexciting caper you're likely to find in print this year." -- WayneDundee, Editor, Hardboiled
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"Hot Pursuit" is a macho reader's dream book. It has it all - rough and tumble cops, red hot love interest, lightly touching moments about family and friends, crime, wild car chases, brawls, shooting, and to add to the machismo, the hero is also a hard riding rodeo competitor. And he likes fishing. Have we covered everything? Probably not, but you won't feel cheated.
The action is non stop, and the author weaves a spellbinding story, and I found myself totally engrossed, and still reading long after I should have shut off the light. Definitely not for the faint of heart, or those who shy from strong language, or violent scenes. The last segment is a real payoff to the book - no spoilers - but you may want to read it twice - once to get to the outcome, and a second time to appreciate all the action and the details.
A strong 4+ rating. I hope future books by Paul Bishop go through a thorough editing and proofreading before they are released.
Police work is not the safest job in the world and an officer will always expect to be in put in harms way sometime during his shift. Jack is ready to retire at the end of the week and his partner, Tamiko, is a rookie at the end of her probationary period. They depend upon one another for survival and develop a special bond over time; protecting and supporting each other in the face of adversity. Even if it means losing your career and pension.
Together, Jack and Tamiko make a fine team - successfully taking out the bad guys. Some of the police officers in their unit are not so lucky and find themselves on death's doorstep. It's almost over for Jack and he's finally looking toward retirement at the end of the week. A challenge from a cop in the Central Division puts all that at risk. It seems that Calico Jack Walker also holds the record for the fastest time of a squad car driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back within the course of a work shift. This is against policy and cause for dismissal, but to Jack Walker it is well worth the risk to keep his record intact. A Race is scheduled during Jack's last shift as a police officer. Some want him to fail and lose the race, thus, forfeiting his pension. Others are supportive and will cover his back. Tamiko, as his partner in "crime" will also be booted from the police force. Jack is confident of winning and will do whatever it takes.
Once a cop - always a cop, meaning that if a crime is in progress, it is his obligation to take action and catch the perpetrators - regardless if it is in his jurisdiction or not. When Jack and Tamiko find themselves in that situation when reaching Las Vegas, no decision is needed. They are obligated to take action even if it means to lose the race and everything else they've worked for.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to all. Hot Pursuit will keep you on the edge of your seat - Paul Bishop has created a masterpiece.
John Podlaski, author
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I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next one.
Another thing I know little about is cops, not from the inside as this story takes us. Sure I've known some, encountered others. Some that I've liked and others I haven't, my preconceived notions of them much like many in relatively closed social environments that have elitist "us versus them" attitudes. We're all guilty of that, to some extent. But I digress: Calico is facing retirement, an ex-wife that wants half his pension after already striking a deal in divorce court, a supervisor that has it in for him, a beautiful young rookie he feels responsible for, and rivalries within the department that goad him into a contest that shouldn't be. Getting caught would jeopardize everything. Maybe even the post-retirement business he's going into with his son, the one bright spot in his life. But chickening out would strike a blow to his pride that he'd never recover from.
Things happen fast in this roller coaster ride of a story that's part Police Academy, part Gumball Rally, a little Dirty Harry, and a touch of far-fetched James Bond thrown in just for fun, I think. I agonized whether to give Hot Pursuit four or five stars. As far as entertainment value goes, it's a five. But technically, due to typos and formatting issues like I've struggled with myself, it isn't perfect. They don't take away from the story, per se, as long as you aren't too picky and don't get hung-up on the trivial. So in the name of integrity, I'm giving it a four. But four out of five ain't bad, and it's well worth the price.