Archive for October, 2010

Wrong Time for Police Cutbacks

October 29, 2010

This is precisely the wrong time to attack budgetary problems by cutting police personnel and services.

Increased taxes may be a difficult thing for voters to swallow, but if Prop. D fails, the San Diego Police Department will likely have to eliminate more than 150 police officer positions. With fewer officers in the field, response times will balloon and violent crimes will increase.

The SDPD is not the only department currently at risk. San Diego City Schools officials are considering eliminating a police department that provides nearly immediate services to faculty and students and keeps them safe in the process. What would happen to the calls for police services if the City Schools Police Department disappeared? They’d be tacked on to the calls stacking up in the SDPD call center.

Book Signings for “The Sticking Place”

October 25, 2010

From time to time, I’ll be posting information about scheduled book signings for my new novel. I have two scheduled so far.

The Ashland, Oregon Public Library to be held on Tuesday, November 23, at 7:00 p.m. I’m very happy to announce that I’ll have a guest reader for the occasion. He’s my friend Barry Kraft, Shakespearean actor, dramaturg and gadfly. Barry will also be performing the title role of King Lear at Southern Oregon University this winter.

I’ll also be signing books at “Four-Eyed Frog Books” at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 4. The address is 39138 Ocean Drive, Gualala, Ca, 95445. Their phone number is 707-884-1333.

The First 20 pages of “The Sticking Place” are now available on my blog. I’ve added a link below.

October 4, 2010

Here’s a direct link to pre-order
“The Sticking Place”.
You can read the first 20 pages here:

Publisher’s synopsis from the back cover of “The Sticking Place.”

October 3, 2010

It’s 1978 in “America’s Finest City”–San Diego, California–and one rookie cop is learning the hardest lessons the streets have to teach.

Luke Jones–a recently graduated, Shakespeare quoting literature major–is about to discover that dealing with crooks is the easiest part of his new job. For here, in a world populated by people ruled by their obsessions, Luke’s strong will and quick tongue alienate many of his senior officers and he must fight to be accepted. Although eventually labeled a hero, his success comes at great cost.

“The Sticking Place” is the first in the Luke Jones series, which follows one cop’s career from rookie to retirement.

Quotes from the back cover of “The Sticking Place.”

October 3, 2010

A must read for every cop who ever worked the streets of a major city
and for anyone with an appreciation of realistic literature that
depicts what it will always mean to be a cop. —Jerry Sanders, Mayor,
the City of San Diego

…The right choice for anyone who wants realistic insight into the
world of cops and the unpredictable situations they encounter every
day. —Bill Kolender, Former Chief of Police, San Diego Police
Department, Former Sheriff, County of San Diego

“The Sticking Place” has all the elements of a Shakespearean play;
political intrigue, betrayal, comic relief, and an understanding of
the dark parts of the soul. —Ken Hamburg, Former police reporter for
the Oregonian

For every collector of cop literature “The Sticking Place” should go
on the bookshelf right next to Joseph Wambaugh’s “The New Centurions.”
They’re quite simply the two best first novels about cops I’ve ever
read. —Bill Farrar, President, Retired San Diego and Fire and Police

Mr. Smith does what so many other police writers don’t–he gets the
little things right. And best of all, by using Shakespeare, Mr. Smith
reminds us that cops are human beings, too. —Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego
County D.A.