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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Crime
  • Language:English
  • Series title:The Night Police
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:286
  • Format:Paperback
  • Paperback ISBN:9781543996869

The Night Police

Beyond The Line Of Duty

by Chris Berg and Paul James Smith

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Based on real-life events, THE NIGHT POLICE is a deeply complex, page-turning anthology. These thematically linked short stories reunite five warrior lawmen for a cathartic night of drinking, a homecoming of sorts. Instead, they are sucked into a violent tale that unburies the past. No one escapes unscathed.
Based on real-life events, THE NIGHT POLICE is a deeply complex, page-turning anthology. These thematically linked short stories reunite five warrior lawmen for a cathartic night of drinking, a homecoming of sorts. Instead, they are sucked into a violent tale that unburies the past. No one escapes unscathed. In this gritty, police procedural, you'll meet the dangerous men that are The Night Police, the street monsters amongst their peers. A true crime-inspired debut book by two veteran lawmen provides a peek through the keyhole into the professional and private lives of five rough men. Never politically correct, the hard edges have not been ground smooth to avoid abrasive thoughts or suspect tactics. Meet the rebel trooper Max Golden, the common thread in a dark journey from which not one of these men will escape unscathed. Max isn't content to spend his career as a humble, rule-following civil servant. Refusing to seek danger isn't his style. And in the squalid, crime-ridden streets of Bristol City, he finds danger in spades. Dope deals gone bad, street brawls, murder and more keep him and the other members of The Night Police bonded tightly together in their self-made fraternity. The city was a disheveled, comfortless township of 900,000 somewhere not too far west of the Mississippi. Born of the rust belt and failing in the final decades of the 20th century, it provides the backdrop for this cast of characters in blue. For these men and women who rode out the final chapters of the millennia, policing the city's streets was a dangerous endeavor. It required special, often extraordinary lawmen in decaying neighborhoods, spilling over with crime. Bristol City's finest were routinely exposed to the unthinkable. The unknown cry for help, complex and sometimes deadly. Blistering and dangerous pursuits through the city's perilous streets. Tense, urgent undercover buys with everything at risk. Death as seen through the eyes of lawmen, who saw it often. Gruesome, chilling, painful, and yes, sometimes even comforting. Many of them found refuge from these experiences and emotions by embracing a new family. This is a chronicle of the fraternity that helped shield them from the intense pressures of urban policing. It tells the real stories, with the authentic voice of those who lived to reveal the truth. In true ripped-from-the-headlines fashion, the stories related in this book may seem improbable but are all based on true events. The Night Police provides truth and insight into the demons behind the badge. And for those of you in law enforcement, The Night Police will have special meaning for anyone who has ever worked the streets, dealt with informants and lived the life on that razor's edge.
About the author
Except for a short stint living in New York City, Chris Berg has lived on the left coast all his life. After graduating with his B.S. from San Jose State University, he found his true calling and in 1977, he became the third generation of his family to sign on as a lawman. The graveyard shift suited him just fine, and it was there he joined the ranks of the Night Police. He worked as an evidence technician, long before CSI was a thing, and as a detective, his assignments included Vice and Intelligence. But it was his posting as an undercover narcotics agent that fit him best. With hundreds of narcotics investigations under his belt, he became a field training officer for up-and-coming undercover detectives. He filled in the career gaps testifying as a court-certified "expert witness" in narcotics and dangerous drug investigations throughout the west. After an injury forced his early retirement, his new corporate job routinely took him to places like Malaysia, Dubai, Moscow, Rio de Janiero, and Beijing. It led him to associations with the UK's MI5 and MI6 intelligence services and work with most of America's alphabet agencies. He even spent a frigid All Saint's Day in a very eastern European city "drinking well" with a couple of mysterious ex-Stasi operatives. In 2017 he teamed with his real-life Night Police partner Paul James Smith, lighting the fuse for the next big challenge. The Night Police, the first novel in the series, is the result. He and his wife Janet now call northern California and Boston home. Their daughter, currently in grad school, is likely the fourth generation of law enforcement in the family—not counting Finnegan, her first horse, who retired from the United States Park Police! He also keeps up with his passions: baseball, fishing, and all things cooking and BBQ, not necessarily in that order.
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