For my first blog tour of 2019 I am delighted to showcase Canadian crime fiction author Desmond P. Ryan and his debut novel 10-33 Assist PC. Giving a dark and gritty glimpse into Canada’s underbelly and the heartbreaking world’s of human trafficking and child prostitution. Canadian contest aside, this is some damn good crime fiction, and I couldn’t be happier to have 10-33 Assist PC as the kick start to my touring year.
Title: 10-33 Assist PC
Author: Desmond P. Ryan
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: September 15, 2018
Genre: Fiction, Crime Fiction, Police Procedural
Themes: Friendship, Relationships, Human Trafficking, Crime
My Rating: 4.5/ 5
D/C Mike O’Shea, a young cop with a knack for working hard and following hunches, is on the verge of cracking a prostitution ring when an undercover from another unit burns him. With only days left before their pimps shuttle the girls out of the country, Mike pushes his team into overdrive. Hours later, with too little information, sleep, or luck, the unthinkable happens.
And now, the chase is personal.
In the first of the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, 10-33 Assist PC draws us into the dirty world of human trafficking through the eyes of the cops who put their lives on the line every day to shut it down. Written by a Real Detective, 10-33 Assist PC is the story of a cop who must decide how to move forward without forgetting the past.
Oh. My. Giddy. Goodness.
It has been a while since I picked up a book that demanded to be read in a single sitting, and that’s exactly what 10-33 PC Assist did. I started my day with dreams of being productive, started reading with morning coffee, and the next thing I knew I’d missed lunch, hadn’t done a single load of laundry, and ended up serving leftovers for dinner because I had decided that finishing the last chapter was more important than cooking a meal.
Yep. It was that kind of read.
One of the main things that I loved about this book is that it isn’t a behemoth. On the smaller side, this is the type of high impact read that can be devoured in one sitting without any (excessive) guilt. But don’t let it’s small size scare you away, 10-33 PC Assist carriers a heavy punch. Filled with solid characters, intriguing dynamics, a captivating case, and the kind of crimes you can’t make up, I was completely lost in every moment.
I love that Mike and Sal challenged many of the cop stereotypes while simultaneously embodying others. What I loved the most though, was Mike’s inclination not to shoot, even when it would have been the easier and more instinctual option. However, it was the fact that the JPTF saw each and every one of the children that they encountered as both human and as a victim, rather than as the inconvenient collateral damage of a dirty business that really had me hooked. Too often we see sex workers and trafficked individuals in the same way as the Morality unit in this book does – inconvenient, dangerous, dirty, and as more trouble than they’re worth. The human touch of the JPTF was not only needed, but grounding, especially as it became clear how the types of cases that the JPTF handled can quickly wear down the officers that work them.
I appreciated too, how Julia also defied convention, with her designer touch and immaculate presentation. She was a wonderfully strong character who showcased how career, fashion, and family ambition can all coexist in a single being – that it doesn’t always have to be an either-or decision. I loved her Italian heritage, the constant colloquialism and expressions, and her endearing hot-headedness. Combine that with Mike’s Irish family, Sal’s stoically independent personality, Hoagie’s dedication to his wife and children (thank you for tackling supportive husbands and post partum depression head on!) and you have the quintessential Canadian melting pot in a single unit.
Also, freaking Barb. I have never encountered a supporting character that made me laugh so much. Hello To-ron-to! Ballsy, indignant, and cooperative in the most stubborn way possible. Her bitterness and eccentricity had me in stitches, and I was desperately wishing that Mike and Sal would pay her another visit.
I enjoyed the familiarity of Toronto, and though it makes me profoundly uncomfortable at times when reading, genuinely appreciated the head-on way in Ryan addresses problems rarely associated with the Party in the Attic. It was both horrifying and engrossing to see how young girls were targeted, groomed, and pressed ‘into the game’. I found myself laughing, crying, and even having to take breaks when situations became too intense to handle. And to think, this is only the start of the series.
Beautifully written and powerfully real, 10-33 PC Assist is an absolutely incredible book! For lovers of crime fiction and police procedurals this is an absolute must read.
About The Author
Very few books give you the real crime experience because even fewer authors have it.
Desmond P. Ryan has it.
For almost thirty years, he worked the back alleys, poorly-lit laneways, and forgotten neighbourhoods in the city where he grew up. Murder often most unkind, assaults on a level that defied humanity, and sexual violations intended to demean, shame, and haunt the victims were all in a day’s work. Days, evenings, midnights–all the same. Crime knows no time.
Exhilarating. Exhausting. Often heartbreaking.
Whether as a beat cop or a plainclothes detective, Desmond Ryan dealt with good people who did bad things and bad people who followed their instincts. He wrote thousands of reports describing their lives, the places they lived, and the things they did. He investigated their crimes and wrote detailed accounts of the activities that brought him into their world. Detective Ryan also held victims as they wept, talked desperate people off of ledges, and sat beside the decomposing bodies of men and women who, in life, had been discarded and long-forgotten by society.
Now, as a retired detective with three decades of research opportunities under his belt, Desmond Ryan write crime fiction.
Because he wants to tell you a story like no other. Because he wants to bring you inside a world that will both fascinate you and challenge what you thought you knew about human nature. Because he wants to seamlessly weave truth and fiction together to create a place for you where the Good Guys ultimately win.
And because you deserve to have the most authentic crime fiction experience every time you pick up one of Desmond Ryan’s books.
Many thanks to Shell Baker at Baker’s Blog Tours and Promos for inviting me to join in this tour and for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review.