D/C Mike O’Shea, a young cop with a knack for working hard and following hunches, is on the verge of cracking a prostitution ring when an undercover from another unit burns him. With only days left before their pimps shuttle the girls out of the country, Mike pushes his team into overdrive. Hours later, with too little information, sleep, or luck, the unthinkable happens.
And now, the chase is personal.
In the first of the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, 10-33 Assist PC draws us into the dirty world of human trafficking through the eyes of the cops who put their lives on the line every day to shut it down. Written by a Real Detective, 10-33 Assist PC is the story of a cop who must decide how to move forward without forgetting the past.
Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction.
I have to be honest, it took me slightly longer than normal to get into this book and wasn’t sure to begin with if it would be one for me, having now finished it though, I can safely say it definitely was.
Set in Toronto, Mike and his partner Sal are part of the Juvenile Prostitution Task Force. I’m not even sure if we have such a thing here in the UK, we probably do, but don’t think I have ever come across it in a crime series so was very intrigued to see just what sort of work they actually do. It must be hard coming across young girls whom have been forced into that sort of life and definitely not a job for everyone.
Sal had to be my favourite character in the novel. He is like a big kid. Annoying yet lovable. His love of Sunflower seeds was certainly rather annoying and I had every empathy for Mike having to sit in a car with him whilst he ate them. Not to mention how they get everywhere! The bond between both men was really great to see as they are definitely more than just work colleagues.
As Mike, Sal and the rest of the team close in on the mission they are on, I was well and truly gripped. I was so wrapped up at one point that I hadn’t even realised I was crying as what I was reading had affected me that deeply. Certain parts really make for some very emotional reading and was very unexpected.
10-33 Assist PC turned out to be an engrossing read that overall I really enjoyed. It has left me very much looking forward to the next in the series and getting to know the characters even better. This probably isn’t one for the faint hearted but if you love a crime novel that is dark, raw and gritty, then look no further.
My thanks to Shell Baker at Baker’s Blog Tours and Promo for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Desmond P. Ryan – Author Bio
Very few books give you the real crime experience because even fewer authors have it.
Desmond P. Ryan has it.
For almost thirty years, he worked the back alleys, poorly-lit laneways, and forgotten neighbourhoods in the city where he grew up. Murder often most unkind, assaults on a level that defied humanity, and sexual violations intended to demean, shame, and haunt the victims were all in a day’s work. Days, evenings, midnights–all the same. Crime knows no time.
Exhilarating. Exhausting. Often heartbreaking.
Whether as a beat cop or a plainclothes detective, Desmond Ryan dealt with good people who did bad things and bad people who followed their instincts. He wrote thousands of reports describing their lives, the places they lived, and the things they did. He investigated their crimes and wrote detailed accounts of the activities that brought him into their world. Detective Ryan also held victims as they wept, talked desperate people off of ledges, and sat beside the decomposing bodies of men and women who, in life, had been discarded and long-forgotten by society.
Now, as a retired detective with three decades of research opportunities under his belt, Desmond Ryan write crime fiction.
Because he wants to tell you a story like no other. Because he wants to bring you inside a world that will both fascinate you and challenge what you thought you knew about human nature. Because he wants to seamlessly weave truth and fiction together to create a place for you where the Good Guys ultimately win.
And because you deserve to have the most authentic crime fiction experience every time you pick up one of Desmond Ryan’s books.
Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction.