By Laurie Lynn Drummond
This riveting debut choice of brief fiction approximately ladies police officers comes from the author's real–life event as a Baton Rouge police officer. In a completely clean and exact voice, those tales exhibit the humanity, compassion, humour, tragedy and redemption hidden in the back of the "blue wall." whatever you are saying Can and should Be Used opposed to You centres at the lives of 5 woman cops. each one woman's story–like each one name in a police officer's day–varies in its special drama, yet all of the stories remove darkness from the tenuous line among existence and dying, violence and keep an eye on, melancholy and salvation. as the tales come from the author's personal adventure, they open a curtain at the fact at the back of the job–how officials are proficient to house the odor of loss of life, how violence clings to a criminal offense scene lengthy after the crime is dedicated, how the police confirm while to interact in or diffuse violence, why a few humans make it from the academy to the strength and a few do not, and all of the friendships, romances, and dramas that occur alongside the best way. It illuminates not just how officials believe whereas they're in uniform, protecting their weapons, but additionally what they think when they cross domestic and placed these weapons apart.
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For one thing, star ing too hard produces imaginary spots of movement. To locate and evaluate danger you can’t look at it. As I shifted my eyes slightly right, the shotgun pointed at my chest came into full focus. Or at least full enough focus for me to rack one into my own shotgun and yell at the others. There was a tangled rush for cover, and the anony mous gunman fled around the corner, disappeared, blending back TASTE, TOUCH, SIGHT, SOUND, SMELL 27 into the blanket of night. We were left with thundering heartbeats in our throats and the exquisite, painful rush of adrenaline.
But we were also relieved. The next week would be a test of our character, a measure of our suitability as police officers. How could you stay inside your own skin if you were assigned to ride with a living legend? Not well, as it turned out. Not even for someone like Richard Marcus. These days most of us veteran officers, the ones who’ve been on the force fifteen years or more, bemoan the lack of camaraderie and closeness on the squads that compose a shift. “Everybody’s out for himself,” we say with a shrug.
He looked everywhere but at Katherine as he spoke. “Oh sweet Jesus,” Akers snorted. ” Hawkins squinted at her. We all laughed, even Katherine. Hawkins smiled hesitantly. ” Boudreaux asked. ” Our answers, delivered mostly in a shy, offhanded way, hardly var ied: to do some good, to give back to the community, to help people. Richard didn’t say a word. Bemused smiles greeted our answers. The officers cut glances at one another, lifted eyebrows, nudged one another. Only Katherine 42 L AU R I E LY N N D R U M M O N D watched us silently, her fingers playing with a small pearl earring in her left ear.
Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You: Stories by Laurie Lynn Drummond