In San Francisco's Tenderloin District, truth is always stranger than fiction. Allen Tooley has been dishonorably discharged from the US Navy and makes his way from his home in Knoxville, Tennessee to the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. There he meets Emerald Strapp, the local methamphetamine distributer. Tooley soon finds himself at odds with Strapp and is left to support his growing meth habit by smashing the San Francisco Chronicle paper boxes and collecting the spillage. Unfortunately for him, the midnight watch cops of San Francisco Police Department’s Northern Station have a tradition of grabbing the sports page and cup of coffee in the morning, and Tooley is unwittingly defiling their culture. The cops want him badly. Woven within the search for Tooley is a typical night in The Northern, bringing to life the various police partnerships and frequent station wallflowers. What follows is a fast-paced, raunchy and realistic dance of cops and criminals that is dead-on in terms of language, incessant practical joking, highs and lows of emotion, and occasional misuse of power.
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Dennis Norris was born in Chicago and grew up in Richmond, Indiana. After serving four years in the United States Coast Guard as a patrol boat coxswain and federal law enforcement officer, he was hired by the San Francisco Police Department and worked ten years at both Northern and Ingleside Stations. Dennis was also a Deputy Marshal for the Zionsville Police Department in Zionsville, Indiana. He is an honors graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and from 2009-2013 worked throughout Afghanistan for a private company overseeing redevelopment efforts. "The Northern" is Dennis's first novel and represents the initial book in a lengthy series, each set in one of the many San Francisco Police Department districts. Dennis can be reached through his blog at www.booksbydennis.com.
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