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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Set The Night On Fire

In 1971, Josie Corsino is unmarried Josie Pastore, a fresh face chosen from her LAPD policewoman class to be an undercover operative.

When the story begins, she's immersed in the politics and schemes of one of the most active radical organizations in LA, but after three years on assignment she's weary of the lifestyle and tired of lying about who she is. Josie wants to “come up,” and do police work with the same opportunities as her male counterparts.

Before that can happen, she's arrested during a demonstration in downtown LA and upon her release from jail is told by her department contact that one of her fellow undercover officers has disappeared. Members of his group have filed a missing persons report with the police department in which they publicly blame the LAPD for his sudden disappearance. It would be an embarrassment for the department to admit the officer was spying on this particular group, so Josie is given her final undercover assignment—find the missing officer.

For protection, she forms an unlikely alliance with another UC as her search leads to an underground network of violent radicals with ties to celebrities and political figures who are unwitting participants in an imminent plan to destroy innocent people and property. By the end, both her personal and professional lives are about to undergo some drastic changes.

Set The Night On Fire (Police Procedural)
By Connie Dial
The Permanent Press
ISBN #978-1579624026
Price $29.95 Hardcover
304 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Harsh Reality”

This is the fourth story in the Josie Corsino series, but is the first after she graduates the police academy. Picked as an undercover officer, she infiltrates a radical group. Three years as an undercover cop she’s ready to move up, but they have one more assignment for her. She partners with another undercover officer, Dave Soriano. Their assignment is to find a missing officer. The trouble is someone in the upper echelon of the city may be releasing the names of undercover cops. This could prove fatal for them.

The harsh reality of the undercover police officers inside the underground is a dangerous job, and one that could get them killed if found out. The author was an experienced police officer in the LAPD, and was familiar with all aspects of her job, including undercover work, thus her books are very authentic reads. She retired a captain and the commanding officer of the LAPD's Hollywood Community Police station after nearly thirty years on the job. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

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