Archive for May, 2011

San Diego Book Event

May 26, 2011


 For Immediate Release

More Information: Harley B. Patrick, 541-973-5154, email:

 Shakespeare-quoting Cop Author at Upstart Crow, Tuesday, June 7

(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) The public is invited to join author T.B. Smith and members of the San Diego Shakespeare Society (SDSS) for a discussion and reading from Smith’s new novel􀀏 “The Sticking Place” (Hellgate Press, $19.95),  a gritty police procedural about a Shakespeare-quoting rookie cop who fights crooks and fellow officers as he learns to survive on the streets of 1970’s San Diego.

 The free event will be held on Tuesday, June 7,  5:00 p.m.,  at the Upstart Crow Bookstore, 835C West Harbor Drive, SeaportVillage.

Following a brief talk by the author on the role of Shakespeare’s plays in the development of characters in Smith’s book, six members of the SDSS will read excerpts from “The Sticking Place.” This will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

 Mr. Smith’s portion of the program will be followed by the SDSS’ monthly reading of a Shakespeare play, in this case, “Timon of Athens,” Rupert Essinger directing. For more information on this monthly gathering, visit


Timothy “T.B.” Smith served as a police officer for twenty-seven years with the City of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District Police Departments, retiring as a lieutenant in 2003.  He’s a graduate of San Diego State University, where he studied English Literature and creative writing.

 “TheSticking Place” is published by Hellgate Press (, an Ashland,Ore.-based publisher of fiction and non-fiction titles, available wherever books are sold.

Special mortgage programs for cops and fire fighters

May 19, 2011

I’ve been knee-deep in a condo remodel for the past six weeks and this blog has been silent the whole time. The remodel is a good reminder of why I chose two careers that don’t involve physical labor!

Today, I’m posting a guest blog from my friends at Rex Downing Associates Realtors. Because this blog is specifically for all things related to cops and cop literature, I’ve never discussed business issues. However, Rex Downing Associates qualify to comment on these pages in three important ways. They’re patrons of the arts, friends of the police, and they offer programs specially designed to assist sworn law enforcement officers and fire fighters purchase a home in these difficult times. Here’s what they have to say.

You’re a public safety employee with a modest income, limited cash, no rich relatives, a few credit dings and a major car payment. Is it delusional to think that you can buy a home?

Good news! You can get your foot in the door, even if you work in an expensive area like Southern California. We have access to an amazing loan program for sworn law enforcement officers and fire department members. With as little as three percent down — with no mortgage insurance! — and a credit score of 620, you can be in the market for a new home tomorrow. Down payment assistance programs are permitted, and more flexible terms and conditions for credit history, income, ratios and reserves are in place.

To find out more, contact Rex Downing Associates at 619-280-7399 or