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Sunday, January 3, 2010
A Thriller - Ivory Tower Cop
Special Giveaway Notice below!!!
Professor David Roth was an expert in his field - he was a criminologist. A criminologist is a person who studies crime and criminal behaviour in order to understand who commits crime and why. Their experience generally comes from researching past crimes and patterns. They usually have not experienced crime in a first hand manner.
First he reads a news account about the rape of an elderly nun. Based on his previous research, he is very certain this is just the beginning of a series of more violent crimes to come.
One day when teaching one of his classes about the crime of rape, a student becomes upset. This student was a victim of rape and still has not come to terms with it. This causes David Roth to look at the crime of rape in a different manner.
This incident and the recent rape of an elderly nun causes David Roth to take it in a personal way. How personal does it become? It becomes a very personal challenge to him when he decides to take on a different avenue of research. Instead of just looking at documents and crime scene pictures he decides to do research that will actually require a more hands on approach - to become a detective in the sexual crimes division. Well ... , he decides to take a leave of absence from his duties at the college, go through the police academy for training as a cadet, and then become a detective in the sexual crimes division.
He partners with a female detective to find clues about the person responsible for this rape and other attacks that come. There is one similarity to these attacks that is evident - the time of the attack. Other than that the similarity that links them is hard to determine. It will not take long before it becomes a cat and mouse game between the detectives and the person committing them.
This is all I want to give away about this story. One thing I will say - I enjoyed reading the book. You have probably heard a phrase similar to this one - a good writer writes about what he knows. Well ... in this case there are a few ways this can be interpreted. First, this book is a fictional account - based on a true story. Second, the authors of this book come from a background very similar to that of the character - David Roth. This is probably why I liked the book. If this sounds like something you like then check out Ivory Tower Cop by George Kirkham & Leonard Territo. I think you would agree.
Now as I mentioned above, the publishers are offering a giveaway for this book. Send me your email address to enter. I will notify the winners to get addresses to send the book. Good luck!!! Send your email address to misterreereeder at yahoo(dot)com. Comments on the blog are welcomed. Deadline: January 15th, 2010!!!