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New On The Shelf This Week

This week’s new addition to my shelf, was a recommendation from Katie Olsen, of ‘Little Bird Publicity’, and was at a bargain price, Kindle download, from Amazon.

Andrew has written a great guest article, which I am scheduling to post around April 1st, to correspond with the official publication date of the book, so make a note to stop by – you definitely won’t regret it!


It’s August in New York, and the steaming garbage littering the streets isn’t the only thing that stinks.

Civilian investigator Leonard Mitchell can keep his job as the new head of the Department to Investigate Misconduct and Corruption only by successfully prosecuting veteran cop Ralph Mulino.

Mulino shot an armed man on a dark night; he didn’t know the man was a fellow cop. Now, to keep his badge and his freedom, he has to make his case to the investigator. But the gun Mulino saw in his victim’s hand has disappeared.

As Mitchell digs deeper into Mulino’s claim, it becomes clear that the “misconduct and corruption” infecting New York City go far beyond the actions of one allegedly dirty cop. Murder and sabotage force Mulino and Mitchell into an uneasy partnership to uncover the truth and protect the city they are both sworn to serve.

Assuming, of course, they can stay alive…


Picture Of Author Andrew CaseAndrew Case is a seasoned playwright and author of the stage plays The Electric Century; Pacific; The Rant, and many others. He has been a member of the New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, a participating playwright at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and a member of the PEN America Center. Andrew is also a winner of the Samuel Goldwyn Award.

For nearly a decade, he served as an investigator, spokesman, and policy director at the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigates allegations of misconduct against New York City Police Department officers. His scholarship on police oversight has appeared in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and he has written about police issues for Newsweek and many other media outlets.

Andrew lives in Flatbush, Brooklyn, with his wife, Claudia, and their two children. The Big Fear is his first novel.

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Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Katie from Little Bird is the best, isn’t she? I’ll watch for the author’s guest post and hope you enjoy the book, Yvonne. Have a good week.

    • Hi Mary,

      Yes, Katie is certainly on the ball, when it comes to promoting an author and from a bloggers perspective, she is always there in plenty of time to provide any additional supporting material I might request.

      Katie also always manages to choose books to recommend on an individual basis, so I can more or less guarantee that the storyline at least, is going to be right up my street.

      The supporting guest post Andrew submitted, also makes for some interesting reading, so I am looking forward to formatting that into a later post.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

    • I’m guessing that as Andrew was once …

      “investigator, spokesman, and policy director at the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigates allegations of misconduct against New York City Police Department officers” …

      then he has taken a little license with one of his own case histories, when plotting this storyline.

      I am also guessing that police misconduct and corruption, is much more widespread than any of us can imagine, no matter where in the world you live. I know that, here in the UK, stories of police departments having to make huge payouts in recompense for their mishandling of cases, is now an almost weekly newsworthy event!

      Thanks for stopping by and ‘Happy Reading’ for the rest of the week 🙂

    • Hi Vicki,

      This crime thriller has a unique storyline, unlike any I have read before, so I am especially eager to get reading as soon as possible.

      I hope that if you decide to add this one to your own list, that you enjoy reading it also 🙂

    • Hi Lorraine,

      From reading the synopsis for the book, it is very difficult to establish whether or not the ‘Misconduct and Corruption’ bureau, solves the case surrounding Ralph Mulino, or not.

      It sounds very much as though Ralph has cut a deal with Mitchell, so one wonders just how deeply entrenched the corruption is …

      Thanks for visiting, it is always good to talk with you 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      The time is going so quickly. Winter has been and gone almost unnoticed and spring is almost upon us. With Easter being so early this year, everything has been thrown off kilter completely, although at least we have another couple of weeks until we move the clocks forward into summertime savings, whereas am I right in thinking that this has already happened in the US?

      I have had some excellent books cross my desk of late, although I did have to politly refuse a couple of offers to review fantasy books recently. I’m afraid that fantasy and science fiction, are two genres that I really don’t enjoy reading, so offering a constructive review, is always going to be a challenge for me.

      Apart from that, life hasn’t been too bad here and I hope that likewise, things are well with you 🙂

  • While I’m more included to watch movies along this line than to read books, it does sound interesting and the author’s credentials should make it all the more authentic! I look forward to the upcoming guest post.

    • Hi Kelly,

      It certainly sounds as though Andrew is very well qualified to wrap a story with cast of fictional characters, around events which are all too true and happening within every facet of law and order departments, on a daily basis, the world over.

      It seems to me, that the one thing we could depend on when we were young, was the integrity, enthusiasm and commitment of the police, and the medical and teaching professions.

      I wonder if we were seeing things through rather rose tinted glasses then, or if things were really pretty much as they are now and that it was simply that slower communication, meant that we didn’t get to hear about the rather seedier side of public life?

      The more I think about your comment, the more I can see ‘The Big Fear’ as a film script, or serialisation for television, so perhaps that is Andrew’s second occupation, as playwright, influencing his thoughts and writing style.

      Either way, I think this is going to be quite a hard-hitting storyline, with plenty of twists and turns, as the ‘dirty cops’ try to evade justice!

      Thanks for stopping by, as ever you bring a whole new perspective to a post with your comments 🙂

    • Thanks Mary Ann.

      You know by now just how much I enjoy a good thriller, so with its unique and interesting storyline, I’m sure that ‘The Big Fear’, is going to be a big hit 🙂

    • Hi Serena,

      Given the nature of the storyline, I am certain that there are going to be plenty of twists and turns in this plot before justice is served, and I shan’t be surprised if there are more than a few bodies along the way!

      Thanks for continuing to help keep MM such a huge success, I really appreciate that 🙂

Written by Yvonne