Author – Dale Nelson
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
312 Amazon Pages
Rating 4 stars out of 5 Posted 3/4/2017
11 - 2017
My impressions: gutsy, intense, ugly illiterate thugs, government corruption, scapegoats, cross & double cross,
1981 Los Angeles
Bo Fochs – Los Angeles Narcotics Detective.
Mitchell Gaffney – Bo’s partner.
Deacon Blue – drug dealer, cunning man of mystery.
Kaitlin Everett – media reporter with a crush on Bo.
The Bad Shepard is a gritty tale of the L.A. police department’s fight against drug gangs in and around Hollywood and South L.A. The gang members are presented as thugs, most of whom were born in the U.S. but live in a ghetto sub-culture where a bastardized version of English is the common language. Their allegiance is not to their community or the country but to their gang. Violence and death are part of their chosen everyday life.
The good and not so good guys, Bo Fochs and Mitchell Gaffney, are undercover detectives in an elite group named the Rock Stars. They set up drug buys among dealers catering to the music fans of the favorite area rock music clubs. The tension and conflict are intense and leave the reader on edge.
Background conflicts involve the relationships both men have with their fathers and their futile efforts to gain their respect. Bo is a Viet Nam war veteran while Mitch evaded military service. Mitch’s father was a former Air Force pilot and disrespects his son’s lame excuse for avoiding enlistment.
Overall, I enjoyed and recommend The Bad Shepherd, although it took a while for me to get deeply involved. The author did a thorough job of presenting background information to build a chilling picture of the environment the detectives operate in and their personal relationships.
Character development and sentence structure are good. Editing isn’t terrible, but there are far too many missing, extra, misspelled and wrong word errors, even for the book’s length, to give the story a top rating. If editing isn’t a big issue to you then enjoy the plot and characters.
The ending occurs without closure leaving an impression the characters may appear in a follow up story.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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