Dry Fire: A Novel

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A dramatic look―from a female perspective―at the day-to-day life of cops on the street. A novel that turns the well-established procedural on its head.

With a rush of adrenaline, this coming-of-age novel plunges into the world of a North Florida police force. The spotlight is on Abigail ("Fitz") Fitzpatrick, a female cop who is lesbian and rarely allowed to forget it, by either her male colleagues or the public in general. As the novel begins, Fitz, reared by nuns but a self-proclaimed "street addict," has burned out after eight years as a paramedic. Following the tragic death of a boy she couldn't save, she joins the police academy and enters the macho arena of police life.

The story carries us through "Rookie Daze," the grueling stage of training, and comes full circle in "Rhythm and Blues," when Fitz is a seasoned officer and trainer of rookies herself. Along the way she faces crucial decisions as love, ethics, and friendship collide. A recent breakup with a female lover, a police investigator, alters her perceptions, shaping the person she is to become. And Morelli, an appealing male colleague with a bucketful of problems, forces Fitz to test the limits of loyalty.

Fast-paced, original, funny, this novel recalls the early Joseph Wambaugh in its crackling authenticity. Stress, danger, professional integrity, and harassment are the issues as Fitz, in a voice that's unforgettable, tells us what it's like to be a police officer―as an insider, and an outsider as well.

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Catherine Lewis, a police officer, is a Ph.D. candidate at Florida State. She has served as a paramedic and with the Peace Corps in Paraguay.

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A lesbian rookie cop is the appealing heroine of this sizzling and authentic debut police procedural by a Florida panhandle police officer. When burned-out paramedic Abigail "Fitz" Fitzpatrick is accepted for police training, she is jilted by her lover, Makayla, a pioneering policewoman who is afraid their relationship will cost her a chance for hard-earned sergeant stripes. Guilt-ridden by her imagined failures as a paramedic, Fitz must prevail against harassment inspired by her sexual orientation even as she struggles to prove herself as a cop and to find personal fulfillment and self-esteem. Fitz also battles confused sexual feelings for male fellow rookie and world-class screw-up Morelli, whose shaky marriage is overburdened by an infant daughter recovering from brain surgery. Running a gauntlet of stereotypically flawed fellow cops who seem obsessed with her undoing, Fitz survives police academy only to confront a perverted senior officer who demands a sexual favor in exchange for a successful evaluation. After Morelli's marriage falls apart when the baby dies, the grieving cop, in an alcohol-induced rage, uses excessive force during the traffic arrest of a dope dealer, forcing Fitz to choose between her integrity and a misplaced friendship. Adroitly written, tingling with the dangers of the streets and the festering atmosphere of tawdry domestic situations, this engrossing novel introduces a promising and remarkably sensitive new voice.
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