This novel is a murder mystery that takes place in the city of New York in the United States. As such, I feel I need to write a disclaimer to any New York citizens and/or police officers from the Big Apple.
I have been in law enforcement for over fourteen years but in a different state than where my story takes place. I have been a detective, a patrol officer, a school resource officer; I have been in special operations as well as being on the SWAT team for over eight years (at the time of this writing).
I know that detectives from NY do not have the same unit structure as they do from my department, as well as being different than what my book portrays. This story isn’t meant to be a realistic view into the inner workings of the NYPD; rather, it is a detective story that incorporates basic law enforcement know-how and procedure in a way that will make the story enjoyable to the reader.
I have done my best to make sure that the legal issues and law enforcement scenes are realistic and follow the basic tenets of our constitution and police work and tactics.
So for those of you from the Capital of the World, thank you for lending me your city as a spectacular backdrop to my novel. My characters love being one of your citizens and a part of your community.
Your strength and perseverance through the extreme trials and tribulations your state has endured is what lures so many of us to write about your home. I hope you enjoy my rendition of your city.