Thursday, 25 May 2017

Forever Blue: Adventures, Lessons, and Purpose - True Stories of My Life as a Police Officer by Carl Ross



The full precis of this book is at the bottom of my review.

I must first point out that this memoir is by a police officer who worked in the Los Angeles Police Department. His experiences and situations may not be the same in other countries or even other states of the US.

Forever Blue records the forty-year career of Carl Ross through his experiences in law enforcement.

His recollections, obviously based on well-kept notes, vary through humorous to dangerous situations, exciting to tedious, boring to exciting. They tell of pressure brought by the system, fellow officers and, of course, criminals. They also express many satisfactions of being a good cop.



The information is not only of interest to anyone considering a career in the police force but for the general public gives a greater understanding into the challenges of such a career.

However, while I appreciate Ross’ dedication and integrity in his chosen field I felt the book, although well written, is too long with many similar situations recorded making it somewhat tedious and boring reading.   

My rating 3*

This review is also available through my website www.pam.id.au

Precis
Carl Ross has spent over four decades inside the world of police work. His memoir takes the reader on patrol, into investigations, on SWAT calls, and inside the chief's office, all the while explaining what officers do and why. Forever Blue has more than 225 true stories taken from the author's files and unforgettable encounters.
The following samples of the book's stories give a glimpse of the variety of experiences in store for the reader: the best way to have a wreck in a police car; the murderer and the band saw; suicides in progress; one nightstick too many; all knives look sharp when pointed at your stomach; on scene during the UT Tower Massacre; a cop killer's parole hearing - 30 years later; a Texas Ranger's story; 3 weeks at Ground Zero; the Green Goo case; SWAT saves a family; when the dog barks - pay attention; a killer in the bushes; the captain's foot chase; why the fire department called the police; terrible collisions; when bad cops cross the line; heroes who gave it all; SWAT and "knock-knock" come calling; count the police cars before a burglary, and "No...no, don't shoot."

Ride along with Carl Ross as he meets honest citizens, drunks, thieves, drug dealers, murderers, and even politicians.  Learn why police work is not for everyone and how it can become the ultimate life choice for others.