Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Midnight SinMidnight Sin by Michael Tabman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book Blurb:
When a rookie cop walks on to the midnight shift, the lines between right and wrong become blurred. Every step he takes and every decision he makes has unforeseen consequences. His life will never be the same.
Becoming a cop changes everything you thought you knew about life. "Midnight Sin" is an inside look at the dark and mysterious world behind the cop's badge. Rookie cop Gary Hollings quickly learns that wrestling street thugs and arresting drug dealers while trying to track down a serial rapist is nowhere near as tough as watching his back from his fellow cops. He must also fight his inner demons - ones that he never knew he had until he put on that police uniform. 

The police world is one of long hours and split-second decisions where the choices are not always clear.
"Midnight Sin" is a gritty cop novel that explores the complexities of the cop psyche. 

My review:
I definitely agree with that last line of the Blurb. This is a gritty cop novel that explores the complexities of the cop psyche. It's a cop story written as only a cop could write it.

Gary Hollings is a rookie cop with the Westland Park Police Department. In this novel we get to see Gary grow from a green rookie to a more seasoned patrol cop. The language is often crude, the attitudes are often rude. The book starts out with action, and continues with intrigue. You begin to suspect just about everyone of being dirty. 

Gary struggles with his morals, his ambition, his desire to be a great cop and his love life. In the midst of all his personal struggles he wants to solve the ongoing case of a serial rapist. 

This is a good psychological study as well as a mystery/crime/thriller. I will say the ending left me wanting to discuss the book with someone who has read it! 

What books have you read that leave you wanting to talk about them? 

About the author:
Michael was born and raised in New York City.  After serving as a police officer for three years with the Fairfax County VA Police Department on patrol, in plain clothes and as a hostage negotiator, he joined the FBI.

​A 24 year FBI veteran, Michael investigated crimes ranging from white collar to bank robberies, organized crime, drug trafficking and money laundering. He rose through the ranks reaching the level of Special Agent in Charge. His professional travels took him to Israel, Russia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand

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