Dishonored and Forgotten
Larry Watts & Carolyn Ferrell Watts
File Size: 476 KB
Print Length: 127 pages
Publication Date: January 1, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
BOOK BLURB: In 1953 the Houston Police Department was enmeshed in a narcotics scandal, its first. Before it was over, a detective was dead of two gunshot wounds to the heart. It was ruled a suicide. A federal agent came to town to investigate, sending two other people to prison. The police chief lost his job, a captain was fired and the department was in turmoil. This is a fictional account of those events and more.In 1953 the Houston Police Department was enmeshed in a narcotics scandal, its first. Before it was over, a detective was dead of two gunshot wounds to the heart. It was ruled a suicide. A federal agent came to town to investigate, sending two other people to prison. The police chief lost his job, a captain was fired and the department was in turmoil. This is a fictional account of those events and more.
REVIEW: I was particularly interested in reading this book because I have a great interest in police work and police officers. It all started when I read Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct Series and fell in love with police procedural novels. That interest was reinforced through friends and relatives who were in law enforcement, so I Back the Blue.
Even so, I hold police officers accountable for their actions and hate it when there is an obvious case of police corruption and cover-up, which is the case in this story out of Houston. And it is nice to read a book by a seasoned police officer who still believes that effective law enforcement is possible.
I found the book a little over-written in places, but that did not stop me from appreciating this account of justice gone horribly awry and the efforts to bring the truth to light.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(s) : Larry and Carolyn are Texas authors who have teamed upto write Dishonored and Forgotten. Larry has a BA in Labor Studies and is a graduate of the renowned Harvard University Trade Union Program whose mission is to help union leaders develop problem solving skills as well as discover ways to deepen public understanding of the value and importance of labor.
Larry’s career in law enforcement began in Houston, Texas, as a police officer. He became active in police labor issues and served on the board of directors of the Houston Police Officers’ Association and the National Association of Police Associations.
Carolyn has advocated for children, parents and families for over 20 years as a counselor and specialist in school psychology. She is certified in marriage and family relationship therapies and in advanced therapies for treating trauma, loss and PTSD. Her training in working with trauma was valuable in 2011 when she volunteered to counsel victims and first responders during devastating wildfires in Texas.
Dishonored and Forgotten is Carolyn’s first venture into historical fiction writing. She has previously written six read-play-learn-together books for therapists and parents to use while working with children. She presents workshops to mental health providers and parents.
Larry and Carolyn live on the Texas Gulf Coast where they spend their time writing, enjoying family and attempting to capture all that life has to offer.
Please come back on Wednesday, when Larry will be my guest, sharing a bit about creating secret identities.