A to Z Book Reviews

by Zack Barnes


September 2016

Currently Listening: A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

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A Good Month for Murder: The Inside Story of a Homicide Squad
By: Del Quentin Wilber
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

I have always been fascinated with the work of police officers. I was a part of Police Explores when I was in high school. Police Explores allowed people between the ages of 14 and 20 to get a glimpse into what it was like to be a police officer. We had to do physical conditioning, which was no fun, but we also learned how to conduct felony traffic stops, search cars, how to clear a room, and how to properly handcuff someone.

Many of those involved went on to the join the local police department when they turned 21. As you can see, I did not end up a police officer. The whole colorblindness thing got in the way. I doubt you would want a color blind officer running around chasing the guy in the green shirt when it should have been the guy in the brown shirt. But the fascination of policing still persists.

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The fascination has led me to watch a lot of real life crime shows so I can get a glimpse into the real workings of a police officer: Cops, Dallas SWAT, Alaska State Troopers, Nightwatch, and many more. A GOOD MONTH FOR MURDER: THE INSIDE STORY OF A HOMICIDE SQUAD by Del Quentin Wilber is the book form of all those reality police shows. The premise of the book  is this: the author spent a whole month with a homicide squad following their every move. I couldn’t pass a real life glimpse into a homicide unit. Continue reading “Review: A GOOD MONTH FOR MURDER”

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