Dennis Patrick Murphy, MSCJ is an international author and member of Mystery Writers of America (MWA) whose novels are based on real life experiences in true crime. From the mundane life of a cop to the front-page exploits of being a detective, Murphy covers the ground of rarely observed behind the scene drama and intrigue into the everyday aspect of what men and women do to walk The Thin Blue Line. Murphy draws from over thirty years of local, state, and federal experience of being On The Job to bring a fictionalized version of actual crimes that will entertain, shock, and give a certain humility, to the everyday hero's that protect and serve on American streets.
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Book #4 in The Thin Blue Line Series
After being summarily thrown out of the DEA Task Force, Office Patrick MacKenna finds himself once again pushing a marked police car around on street patrol in the City of Syracuse, New York. The middle-aged cop is revaluating his law enforcement career while solely taking care of his three children - when he receives a call from the captain of a new investigative unit asking him to come on board.
The Abused Persons Unit will be handling sex crimes that occur in the urban metropolis. Transfer requests to the unit went out with little fanfare. Most veteran cops didn’t want to touch the assignment. They knew the bulk of the investigatory work would be dealing with unsavory content that most would rather avoid.
Mac deliberately passed up on putting a transfer request into APU - but now he has a feeling that if he doesn’t take the captain up on her offer, he may never get back to wearing a gold shield again. In principle, he agrees to a one-year transfer to the unit, but in essence it might just be too much for the veteran police officer to endure…
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