...From the Bottom of My City is a collection of short stories that recall a young man's growth from naive rookie to seasoned veteran, with a few other recollections thrown in to balance the impression the collection offers. Being a cop unavoidably involves politics, which often distracts one from accomplishing his mission. Frustration and laughter go hand in hand in the humid, nitty-gritty streets of the magical city that is New Orleans.
It's Police Detective Dino LaStanza's first week in Homicide and he must handle the horrific murder of Marie Sumner, slashed to death on a quiet French Quarter street. LaStanza and his partners work long, frustrating hours with no results. When another woman is slashed to death along Bayou St. John, the detectives bear witness to the carnage again. LaStanza feels even worse this time, almost useless.
"Bad, bad, bad"
This is the third collection of short stories recounting the author's adventures as a member of the New Orleans Police Department. There are a few more stories thrown in to give the book a bit of variety. Humor is a very necessary component of police work and is inescapable in any genuine tales of police adventures.
This is New Orleans - 1982. In Homicide, you're only as good as your last case. Fresh from solving the Slasher Murders, NOPD Homicide Det. LaStanza must investigate a "floater" pulled from the Mississippi River. The bloated body with two holes in the head is the son-in-law of the La Cosa Nostra boss, Alphonso Badalamente. Sicilian-American LaStanza is in the middle of a Mafia slaying.
"Could not finish, Bronx accent in New Orleans?"
David Joseph has established himself as one of the most unique military fiction writers of our time. Wielding all the power and magic of a master storyteller, Joseph delivers in Spooky Military Tales the stories the military does not want you to know. He introduces the origins behind the haunted KC-135 tanker that still flies, the aircraft that flew the remains to the US from Jonestown, the strange sightings at Arlington National Cemetery.
"Makes you wander?"
Jack Caufield never imagined that he would wake up one day and find a dead woman in his bed. That sort of thing wasn't supposed to happen to guys like him. He was on his way to law school, but instead of fielding Socratic questions from law professors, he finds himself facing the third degree from a bunch of angry cops. Despite their efforts, they find nothing incriminating, and Jack is allowed to get on with his education and his life.
A missing woman Steve Fraser is hired to find, but he soon realizes she keeps going missing.