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Reviews of Connie Dial’s books.
By admin | Published: April 3, 2013
Dead Wrong gets everything right—the lingo, tactics, cops, and bad guys—they’re all spot on. Connie Dial perfectly captures the highs and lows, the best and worst of what it’s like to be a cop. Well done.
Ms. Dial's writing is precise, efficient, and straightforward. This police procedural is not only about finding who did it and their motives, but it offers deep insights in the internal politics of the LAPD Hollywood Division, the life of Josie, her difficult relationship with her husband and her son. Ms. Dial, a 27-year veteran of the LAPD has first-hand experience in investigations. Her dialogue is sharp, her descriptions are brilliant and the storyline flows quite well. It reminded me of Michael Connelly's work, but without all the grit and the gloom that are his trademark.
Newly promoted Police Captain Josie Corsino of the Hollywood Division LAPD has her hands full in Fallen Angels by Connie Dial. She has seen many corpses during her twenty-one years with the Los Angeles Police, but never that of a person shot dead with a smile on her face. The reason for that smile is [...]
It feels like we’re implanted in Josie’s head or riding around on her shoulder, getting an up close and personal view of life as a real captain of a real police force dealing with the dark side of human nature.
Her vast experience in narcotics, undercover surveillance and Internal Affairs surveillance glows through the pages. It makes the novel much stronger, deeper. Dial knows L.A. and police work rather intimately and it shows throughout this mystery.
Connie Dial masterfully writes a compelling thriller. She draws on personal experiences, giving the reader a true glimpse into the world of policing and the corruption that is unfortunately a part of the system. She keeps her readers engaged and guessing at the identity of the killer until the reveal.
"The great thing about Dial is that readers know her take on the LAPD and the craziness of Hollywood crime is based on long reflection."
"A veteran cop herself, Dial does authenticity to the max, and readers will like that. But it’s tough, vulnerable, never-say-die Josie that they’ll love."
"Dial writes with the knowledge and procedural minutiae of the insider she once was. [...] Authentic, well paced, and deftly written, this is a great addition to the police procedural crime fiction subgenre."