It's 1978 in "America's Finest City"—San Diego, California—and one rookie cop is learning the hardest lessons the streets have to teach. Luke Jones—a recently graduated, Shakespeare-quoting literature major—is about to discover that dealing with crooks is the easiest part of his new job. For here, in a world populated by people ruled by their obsessions, Luke's strong will and quick tongue alienate many of his senior officers, and he must fight for acceptance. Though eventually labeled a hero, his success comes at great cost.
The Sticking Place is the first in the Luke Jones series, which follows one cop's career from rookie to retirement.
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“Smith depicts a
realistic picture of life as a police officer…Whether it is the
behind-the-scenes, political nature of the police department, the emotional
difficulties experienced from seeing what cops must look directly at, or the
need to deal with the actions a cop is forced to take, Smith paints an
authentic picture and shows Luke trying to make sense of it all. Some narrators
just fit the story being told, and Barry Kraft fits this book. Kraft’s voice is
that of a storyteller. He tells the story adding nothing of his own
interpretation. This doesn’t mean, however, that his reading is lacking in any
way. His clear, smooth, soft voice just doesn’t get in the way of the telling
of the story. Kraft does a fine job