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About the Book
Cops Lie! is a new mystery / crime thriller by Leonard Love Matlick. The story is fiction, but it is based on fact. Filled with descriptions of cop abuse and killings that are fresh out of today’s news stories.
NYPD Officer Charles Griffin, a known drunk, a notorious bully, and dirty cop is involved in stealing drugs and money. When an accident with an 18 wheeler kills him, one other cop, and leaves two other cops in critical condition, Detective Tony Philadelphia, a homicide detective from the 9th precinct, is tasked with finding out what happened.
“Misbehavior, corruption, and lawbreaking are all on full display in this gritty tale of bad cops and good guys in the New York City Police Department,” says Joe Kilgore, The US Review of Books. “Tony is an NYPD detective who gets wind of potential malfeasance on the part of one of his fellow officers. If it were simply the typical freeloading, bribe taking, or head bashing, that most of his cohorts engage in, then he’d let it pass. But his source implies that it goes a lot deeper—including everything from theft, extortion, money laundering, and even committing murder for various mob bosses. Straight shooter Tony hates the thought of ratting out any fellow officer, but the behavior is so egregious he feels he must inform his superiors. Soon he and his partner, Longo, are on the trail of not just one but a band of rogue cops committing crimes all over the city.”
Interview with the Author
What initially got you interested in writing?
I got started in writing in elementary school. I won several Scholastic Achievement awards. In High School, I was on the school paper, so I’ve always never stopped writing. Even now, I am also a Professional Engineer, I write technical articles and books.
What genres do you write in?
Presently mystery, true crime, self-help, historical fiction, non-fiction.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
As an engineer, I delve into a lot of detail and facts, so it was natural as I got into writing books, that I was already into these genres.
How did you break into the field?
Still trying. I’ve written over 1000MSS decided even if I couldn’t find a publisher or an agent, to do it myself.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
The facts, even in fiction, speak for themselves. Whatever I write, fiction or non-fiction, is based on true facts, so readers can see what is really happening in that field.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
I can get off of my chest what I find disturbing in human nature, not only in American life, but worldwide.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
To keep on writing daily, even if you are blocked momentarily, eventually, the book will write itself if it’s a good idea.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
Never give up, no matter how many rejections or negativity you get from relatives, parents, friends, publishers, agents that you get. You have a passion for it and eventually, your passion will allow you to get noticed.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
You have to read a lot before you can write. Since I am an engineer, I read mostly technical books, but I enjoy reading all types of books.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
That I am a Professional Engineer and have worked on major projects like the World Trade Center, was awarded 4 medals from the West Point Engineers Club, worked on nuclear plants, oil refineries, the Boeing 777, and many other projects in the USA and worldwide.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
E-mail me at email@example.com, or go on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cops-Lie-Leonard-Love-Matlick-ebook/dp/B073YGG1D6/
Excerpt from the Book
Longo and Tony went to Griffin’s place. He lived in SoHo at 19 Mercer Street just off of Canal Street in a 5 story row house from the 1890’s. There were approximately 8 apartments in this particular apartment house, mostly young, rich guys and gals who worked in the financial district or actors and actresses. The super, Ivan, wasn’t going to let them in even after Tony and Longo flashed their gold shields.
“Officer Griffin was killed in a car crash and we have to look for next of kin stuff.” Tony told him annoyed that a gold shield won’t give him immediate entrance to any place.
Ivan took them in the elevator to the 3rd floor. Apartment 3C was Griffin’s.
As soon as Tony and Longo went inside, it was very clear to them that this wasn’t done on a cop’s salary.
“Holy shit!” Longo exclaimed.” This is NICE!.”
Tony looked at the high ceilings, the baroque furniture, even the toilet fixtures were of the highest quality. They went into the kitchen with the 6 burner stove, Garland oven and two refrigerators.
“Who has two refrigerators?” Tony asked.
“Someone with money.” Longo said. “But definitely not on a cops salary.”
They went into the bedroom, with wall to wall TV’s, entertainment units and cameras on the ceiling, and started to stare at the closets.
“Quite a clothes horse.” Tony said flipping thru Griffin’s suits, shoes and dress shirts.
“Hey, I didn’t know he was a dandy.” Longo said fingering the silk fabrics.
Then they started to go thru the drawers, all neatly assembled by underwear, socks, t-shirts, etc. Even his bills were arranged in order.
“Philadelphia”, Longo said, “We’ve got to comb thru this stuff and camp out here.”
“Uh-huh.”. Tony said, amazed at what he saw.
“Ivan” Tony motioned to the super, “What does something like this go for?”
“Are you kidding me? A triplex in SOHO? “Ivan said. “When the market was at its top a few years ago, it was around 7 million, but now between 3.5 to 5 million.”
“WHAT!!” Tony exclaimed. ”Where did he get the money for this. After all he’s a cop!”
“I believe that he had a co-signer or somebody was sub-letting it to him. I don’t know. You’ll have to ask the rental agent.” Ivan stated.
“Okay, we’ll do that.” Tony said. ”Who’s the rental agent?”
“Cushman and Gold” Ivan said. “There’s also some interesting people who live here in the building.”
“Like who?” Longo asked.
“Like the singer Nora, the actor who played the Vulcan in the Star Trek movies, and even Justin, the actor.”
Longo made a face like he was impressed.
“Ivan, one more thing.” Tony turned to the super, “Did Griffin get many guests here?”
“I don’t know. What do you mean by many guests? More than one?”
Tony looked at Longo and then asked Ivan,” I’m guessing that you mean that there were many guests?”
“Well, he was quite the ladies man. I mean that there was a different girl here every day.” Ivan mentioned. “Since he worked the night shift. I never saw many guys come here, but there was a lot of girls, a lot.”
Again, Tony looked at Longo.
“What do you mean by a lot? More than one or two?” Tony asked.
“Oh yeah.” Ivan said.” I’ve seen him bring 2 and sometimes even 3 at a time here. I guess that he was into twosomes and threesomes. Must have been quite the stud.”
“Apparently not on a cops salary.” Longo mentioned. “Philadelphia,” Longo motioned for him to come closer. ”How come we live in such shit and he gets all of this nice stuff? Money, broads, all of this” He moved his arm all around to span the luxury apartment. “He must have been dirty.”
“Yeah,” Tony said. “Very dirty.”
Cops Lie! was published in July 2017 and is available for sale on Amazon.
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