Her personal life is in shambles. But no cop does it better than Fey Croaker - as she fights for respect in the L.A.P.D....and for justice in a city on the edge.
All of Los Angeles is thrust into chaos when a popular NBA athlete is charged with a series of gruesome murders. The evidence against the defendant appears overwhelming, but old evils die hard. For L.A.P.D. homicide detective Fey Croaker and her appealing crew, the race for the truth will tax each of them to the limit.
Under the scorching light of media attention, Fey's own demons are brought into sharp focus with the life of her wayward brother literally hanging in the balance. It's a race to get to the truths hidden beneath layers of lies, secrets, and deadly perversions - and Fey must win while there is still an L.A. left to protect and serve in Grave Sins. This special edition also features a never before published short story drawn from Paul Bishop's 30 plus year career with the LAPD. Available only in this edition of Grave Sins.
Paul Bishop tells a good story in a straightforward, no-nonsense way. Croaker: Grave Sins, is one of his best in this series. Fey Croaker is a physically and mentally battered cop who’s as tough as hard-used anvil. The plot revolves around a star basketball player who’s accused of raping, murdering and burying a teen male prostitute. It’s an intricate web involving an egotistic DA, his criminal son, a serial killer, Fey’s ex-drug addict brother and a slew of police force comrades, my favorite of whom are Hammer and Nails, a male and female with a seemingly psychic and a definite sexual bond.
Bishop’s Fey Croaker novels breathe authenticity. Bishop’s 35-year career includes a tour with his department’s Antri-Terrorist Division and more than 25 years in sex crime investigation. He’s also a nationally recognized interrogator. Where other writers have to do a lot of research, Bishop has lived it. He knows the life, the lingo, the feelings of cops, the internal politics and the higher bureaucratic politics, the dedication and the high of closing in on a suspect.
His insights on closing off feelings when viewing a dead body perfectly captures the compartmentalization a cop has to maintain to keep his or her sanity. It’s a dirty, brutal life.
I was working on restoring a house while listening to this and actually stopped my work to listen to chillingly realistic gunfight scene, and again at the gripping climax at the end when Fey confronts the demented villain.
Fey Croaker is a fully developed character, hard, dedicated, carrying a load of childhood sexual abuse, three failed marriages, a rock hard set of morals and a tender side.
Milton Bagby is the perfect narrator with a well nuanced, gritty voice that perfectly captures the hard-edged cynicism of LA and its officers.
I hope more Bagby narrated Croaker novels are in the works.
Where this book really shines is in the interrogation room and the reader gets a glimpse of the strategies and tactics used to elicit confessions from suspects.
Though Fey Croaker is the main character we get to meet a handful of other detectives who are just as interesting and could probably carry a book by themselves.
Warning: This book deals with investigations into sexual crimes and though Bishop exercises restraint, there is still some graphic material that certain readers may not be comfortable with.
What made the experience of listening to Croaker: Grave Sins the most enjoyable?
Smooth writing and nice twists to the plot along with clea narration.
What did you like best about this story?
The characters. Especially Croaker
Any additional comments?
LAPD Detective Fay Croaker uses her interrogation expertise to get a confession from a violent rapist, bringing out tears in the heinous criminal with precise questions and intuitive sympathy. She is pulled away to handle an even more heinous homicide which turns into an serial killer case with many unique twists. Such is a detective’s life. One crime after another and Paul Bishop gives us the inside look at how it’s handled by cops and how the trauma of homicide work bruises the psyches of detectives. The narration of this audiobook is top notch, one of the best I’ve ever heard.