Cases Gone Cold

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Breach of Honor

As a police officer in Table Rock, Oregon, Leah Radcliff puts her life on the line to help others every day. But at home, Leah’s battling her own personal nightmare: Brad, her abusive husband, a fellow officer, celebrated hero, and beloved son of a powerful prominent family. Brad’s violent outbursts and suspicious activities have left Leah physically and emotionally scarred, until one desperate action to put a stop to his abuse results in deadly consequences.

Cases Gone Cold

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A retired Long Beach California police officer of 22 years (16 in uniform and 6 as a non-career officer), Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, patrol, administration, juvenile investigations and training.
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Cases Gone Cold

Cases Gone Cold

Cold case investigations fascinate me. Though I never worked these types of investigations when I was an officer, I’ve often imagined that the toughest ones would be the cases where the victim simply disappears and there is no body and no evidence as to what may have happened. It’s difficult for cops and agonizing, I bet, for the victim’s loved ones. Case in point is a one that has been in the news lately, that of Etan Patz. He’s the New York boy who disappeared without a trace 33 years …

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About Teenagers

About Teenagers

The other day I was sitting in a sandwich shop eating lunch. It was after three in the afternoon so school was out. There’s a high school just up the street from the sandwich place so consequently the shop was packed with students. In the group closest to where I sat, there was a guy and a girl hanging all over each other, they were probably about 13 or 14 and they were taking pictures with a phone, I guess trying to see how close they could get their faces …

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The Grace Note

The Grace Note

(Blog post written by novelist Kathleen Wright) In August 0f 2011, I stopped writing fiction. Stopped obsessing on how I was spending my time and how much time was spent avoiding sitting down and working on fiction projects. Gave up the idea that I was actively working on a publishing career. Additional income was needed. It wasn’t coming in through fiction. I had been dropped by the agent the previous November. Had I been kidding myself I had what it took to be a published author? So I quit. Or …

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A Light Goes out in the Greatest Generation: Dedicated to my father, Rocco James Cantore

A Light Goes out in the Greatest Generation: Dedicated to my father, Rocco James Cantore

Rocco James Cantore 11/28/1916 – 04/10/2012 My dad was a member of the greatest generation. Born in 1916 he served stateside in the air force as an airplane mechanic (B26) during WWII. He met my mom while he was in the service, followed her home on the bus and they were married three months later. She must have seen something in him because my mom came from tough beginnings; her father left her mother during the depression with five kids to raise. In my dad mom found a man who …

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Deadly Force

Deadly Force

I read an article the other day that surprised me. It was about self-defense killings and it said that the number of shootings described as self-defense in this country has doubled since 2000. (More Killings Called Self Defense WSJOnline 04/02/2012) Per FBI crime statistics there were 176 reported self-defense killings in 2000 and 326 in 2010. The article points to “stand your ground” laws in many states, laws that cover an armed citizen and say that you don’t have to retreat if you feel threatened, you can defend yourself. (I …

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Abby the Labby and Her Training

Abby the Labby and Her Training

My home in the mountains is surrounded by forest. There are hiking trails everywhere and a few wide, clear fire roads to hike on. A few years ago, a man from the neighborhood went on a hike. Not a big deal, there are hikers up there all the time. But this man went on a day when the weather was supposed to get bad, a storm was moving in. He left his house on foot when things were clear and was in the forest quickly. But soon, the fog and …

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Seeing Los Angeles Through My Mother’s Eyes

Seeing Los Angeles Through My Mother's Eyes

My mother was born in 1924. She grew up in Los Angeles, sometimes living in the city proper, sometimes in an outlying area. Her LA is vastly different from the LA I see in my minds eye. The LA I see is a crush of freeways, traffic, and bad tempered drivers. The freeway transitions are always jammed, the bridges and signs covered with graffiti, and parking costs more than lunch. Mom’s LA was before freeways. It was a wonder world of streetcars, the Big Red Cars and the yellow line, …

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An Interview with Officer Carly Edwards

An Interview with Officer Carly Edwards

This is a re-post of a blog I wrote back in October. Accused is out now, so hopefully those of you who have read the book will be interested in learning a little bit more about the star, Detective Carly Edwards. Carly Edwards is the main character of my upcoming novel, Accused. Recently, members of my writers group, the Reunioners, gave me some questions to ask her. A little back ground on Carly, she’s been a police officer with the Las Playas Police Department for ten years. Las Playas is …

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Thoughts on Aging (And a Little Venting)

Thoughts on Aging (And a Little Venting)

One day while I was working in a black and white police car on patrol, a dispatcher sent me a message over the car computer asking me if I could help someone with a non-police problem. A very old, and very confused, woman had called 911 because she couldn’t turn the hot water off in her tub and her son was an hour away. It was a quiet afternoon, so I said sure. I went to the apartment where the distraught woman met me at the door. “I’ve tried and …

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What Comes Around Goes Around and Around And Around on The Web

What Comes Around Goes Around and Around And Around on The Web

I read an article in the paper today about a family that won a settlement after suing the California Highway patrol. These types of suits always catch my eye so I was surprised that I had missed the precipitating event.  Five years ago after an argument with her father, an 18 year old took her father’s Porsche and sped off. She got on the freeway, crashed at a high rate of speed and was almost decapitated. If that’s not bad enough, pictures of the crash and the body made it …

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