Lady Justice Takes a C.R.A.P. [NOOK Book]

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Can you ever be too old to dream?
Sixty-five-year-old Walter Williams sure isn't.

Walt always dreamed of being a hero. When retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be, he decides it's the perfect time to achieve his dream and help Lady Justice. So he decides to become a cop.
Follow Walt as he leaves the ...
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Overview

Can you ever be too old to dream?
Sixty-five-year-old Walter Williams sure isn't.

Walt always dreamed of being a hero. When retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be, he decides it's the perfect time to achieve his dream and help Lady Justice. So he decides to become a cop.
Follow Walt as he leaves the realty world and retirement to solve crimes and bring perps to justice. It's a bumpy but often hilarious ride!

Walt and his partner, Ox, find very unorthodox ways of bringing criminals to justice. After all, Walt has to rely on his ability to outsmart the bad guys. And they have plenty of help from others in the senior set.
Meet sixty-five-year-old Willie, the former con man who has given up his shady ways to be Walt's friend and sidekick, and Mary, the seventy-five-year-old apartment manager with a thirty-six-inch baseball bat and an attitude to match.
This merry band of seniors is kept on the straight and narrow with words of wisdom from eighty-five-year-old Professor Leopold Skinner.
And what hero would be complete without a heroine by his side? Meet Maggie McBride, Walt's sweetheart and helpmate, who makes sure he always gets his TLC.

In this action-packed tale, Walt and his band of scrappy seniors are faced with the terrifying challenge of taking out the Realtor Rapist and the huge job of bringing down the Russian Mob. It's a job only the City Retiree Action Patrol can do, and they provide plenty of laughs along the way! Come along for the adventure in Lady Justice Takes a C.R.A.P.
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Editorial Reviews

Goodreads - Beverly Brecha
"I've been reading mystery books ever since I got hooked on Nancy Drew at the age of seven (I'm in my 60's now!), and this book marks the first time a mystery story has made me laugh out loud. I laughed until tears were running, and my sides ached! I laughed so hard that my husband came to see if I was OK."
Goodreads - Susan Jo Grassi
"This has to be one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. It's just bawdy enough to catch one off guard every once in a while yet it would qualify as a cozy mystery. I was in tears laughing."
Goodreads - Cathy Doman
"What a great book to start the series! First of all, the title will definitely grab your attention. If you like mysteries, and you like comedy, you will love this book! (Think, Stephanie Plum meets Grumpy Old Men.)"
Article WriteUp - Michelle Castillo
"This is a great book for anyone who loves to read crime novels and mysteries, full of well likable and humorous characters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something that has it all, humor, action and crime."
Goodreads - Alison Downs
"What a fun read! I was laughing so loudly that my husband came to see what was so funny. Then he read the passage and laughed just as hard."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781618624802
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 615,033
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Award-winning author, Robert Thornhill, began writing at the age of sixty-six and in three short years has penned eleven novels in the Lady Justice mystery/comedy series, the seven volume Rainbow Road series of chapter books for children, a cookbook and a mini-autobiography.
Lady Justice and the Sting and Lady Justice and Dr. Death, Lady Justice and the Vigilante and Lady Justice and the Candidate won the Pinnacle Award for the best new mystery novels of Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Summer 2012 and Fall 2012 from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs.
Many of Walt’s adventures in the Lady Justice series are anecdotal and based on Robert’s real life.
Robert holds a master’s in psychology, but his wit and insight come from his varied occupations, including thirty-three years as a real estate broker. He lives with his wife, Peg, in Independence, Missouri.
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  • Posted October 8, 2011

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    Very funny first of comedy/mystery series

    Robert Thornhill is an excellent writer of mystery/comedy. This is shown in his first novel Lady Justice Takes a C.R.A.P., City Retiree Action Patrol. Just the title of the senior police action group gives me a chuckle. Walt Williams has retired from his occupation as a realtor, but soon finds out that he is bored and at 66, not too old to continue in some sort of job. He soon finds his niche at the police department as a volunteer with the CPP, Civil Police Patrol. "I vividly recall the day I sauntered into his office, took a seat, and blurted out, "Shorty I want to be a cop!"" So begins a new, exciting and so often funny new career for this former real estate agent. He is given all of the same tests and training that the regular officers are subject to and passes. He is assigned to ride with a regular officer named Ox. They soon show that they are a force to be reckoned with as they solve several crimes. The intervention of "Lady Justice" in the form of happenstance is the way they put away the perps - along with Walt's senior friends, Willie, a former con man, Maggie, Walt's sweetheart, Professor Leopold Skinner, who has a sage saying for every situation and Mary, his seventy-five year old apartment manager. Of course, there are the usual people who are against his being a police officer who give him a lot of grief, which he handles in a humorous manner. One example of how he handled the naysayers was during his initial interview when asked what he would do in a certain situation; he pulled out a taser and shot the questioner with enough volts to knock him off his chair. Although it did not endear him to the officer, it got his point across. You must read this book for the absurdity in the way the crimes are solved. Although there are some sexual references they are not gratuitous (although the author might say different), they are an integral part of the storyline. Robert Thornhill writes a lot about what he knows in that he was a realtor for thirty years. Many of the characters in his book are based on people in his real life. He has a healthy sense of humor about all segments of life. He lives in Independence, Missouri with his wife, Peg.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    a good first book

    The first book in the series is an interesting read, but very quick and easy. Fast paced, with very short, funny chapters, and chock-full of puns! A good book for the beach, perhaps? And since it's witty and light-hearted, this book will appeal to nearly everyone. Have some fun, and read this book tonight! Thanks Mr. Thornhill. I'm sending this book to my mom as well. :D

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

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    Absolutely fun!

    All too infrequently does a story come along that is just absolute fun! Lady Justice Takes a C.R.A.P: City Retiree Action Patrol, the first in the Lady Justice series by Robert Thurnhill is just that. (Fun, in case you missed it.)

    Walt Williams is a fiesty 66-year-old real estate retiree who has decided that being retired isn't all it's cracked up to be. What does he decide to do about it? He decides he wants to become a cop! At first this premise seemed completely implausible, but Thornhill is crafty and makes this unlikely scenario a reality.

    Of course serving lady justice at 66 is going to have its complications, but Walt and his merry band of senior citizens don't let age stand in their way when it comes to solving crime. What do we get? We get to travel along with Walt as he relates his adventures and even better as he relates his misadventures.

    There's all levels of humor for all different readers, so take your pick. Roll your eyes (good-naturedly) when Walt says things that remind you that a man is a man regardless if he's young, middle-aged, or elderly. Chuckle as Walt gets...creative in his dealings with other cops and with the criminals. Laugh-out-loud moments will occur, so it's advised to read Lady Justice where you won't be considered rude (or crazy) for doing so.

    The best part is that this is just the beginning. You can continue to hear from Walt in the next 2 books in the series (Lady Justice and the Lost Tapes and Lady Justice gets Lei'd)

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

    Too Funny to put down

    This book was full of chuckles...and the tone was definitely on the "guy humor" side without being gross. It's hard to find books that my husband and I both enjoy...maybe Janet Evanovich's character Stephanie Plum comes close, but it's safe to say that when it comes to humor, there can be a definite division between men and women. Additionally, Thornhill's hero, Walt, is of that difficult age group...no, not a teenager, he's a new retiree aged 66. Only those recently "put out to pasture" understand the angst of going from a fast paced career to a dead stop. Men, especially, often devote their lives to their career, leaving little time for relaxation and hobbies and then are hit square in the solar plexus when it all comes to a screeching halt. What to do with your time becomes an obsession. Walt decides to act on his dreams and not just be a Walter Mitty, but a hero like those with whom he grew up in the 1940s & 50s. And along the way, he collects an assemblage of other oldie-but-goodies who lend their unique expertises to helping him in his quest for Truth, Justice and The American Way. Corny jokes, word plays, even predictable outcomes all seem to fit into a delightful narrative, rather than being a trite rehash. This is a quick read...great for a that time you have a couple of spare hours because you won't want to put it down once you start, though it is episodic enough that you could if you had to do it.
    If you are from the Kansas City location of the book, you'll recognize familiar streets and buildings, but this shouldn't stop the reader. This book could be set in Detroit, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, or even LA. Being fiction, every crime is eventually solved -- often with a humorous twist that shows Lady Justice has a sense of humor. This is what we call a "good read". While guys may especially appreciate some of the body humor, and seniors the age of the ensemble, everyone will love the fun, quick pace of a well-told story where the good guys do win more times than not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    The first in a series of a wonderful ride! Laugh out loud funny story about the adventure of a senior citizen who is just not ready to retire. Especially recommended for the over 50 group, I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

    Seniors Rock!

    I'll not go over the plot line as it's more fun to read and find that out first hand, but this book was full of chuckles...and the tone was definitely on the "guy humor" side without being gross. It's hard to find books that my husband and I both enjoy...maybe Janet Evanovich's character Stephanie Plum comes close, but it's safe to say that when it comes to humor, there can be a definite division between men and women. Additionally, Thornhill's hero, Walt, is of that difficult age group...no, not a teenager, he's a new retiree aged 66. Only those recently "put out to pasture" understand the angst of going from a fast paced career to a dead stop. Men, especially, often devote their lives to their career, leaving little time for relaxation and hobbies and then are hit square in the solar plexus when it all comes to a screeching halt. What to do with your time becomes an obsession. Walt decides to act on his dreams and not just be a Walter Mitty, but a hero like those with whom he grew up in the 1940s & 50s. And along the way, he collects an assemblage of other oldie-but-goodies who lend their unique expertise to helping him in his quest for Truth, Justice and The American Way. Corny jokes, word plays, even predictable outcomes all seem to fit into a delightful narrative, rather than being a trite rehash. This is a quick read...great for a that time you have a couple of spare hours because you won't want to put it down once you start, though it is episodic enough that you could if you had to do it.
    If you are from the Kansas City location of the book, you'll recognize familiar streets and buildings, but this shouldn't stop the reader. This book could be set in Detroit, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, or even LA. Being fiction, every crime is eventually solved -- often with a humorous twist that shows Lady Justice has a sense of humor. This is what we call a "good read". While guys may especially appreciate some of the body humor, and seniors the age of the ensemble, everyone will love the fun, quick pace of a well-told story where the good guys do win more times than not.

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

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    A fun read you won't be able to put down!

    This is a very enjoyable book. It's an easy read, but unlike some easy reads, it's full of great humor, adventure, and wonderful characters. Even the title - Lady Justice Takes A C.R.A.P. is hilarious! This is the story of Walt, a senior citizen who decided he wanted to be a cop. It may seem like a crazy idea, but it doesn't take long to see that Walt has a real knack for law enforcement! With the help of his partner, he gets into all kinds of predicaments and has amazing adventures.

    It's a good read all around. It makes you laugh, points out certain situations from a different light and makes you really think about them, and also shows that seniors are not just a bunch of old fogies sent out to pasture. They can and do make a difference in many ways, and are a lot tougher than anyone would expect. The characters are extremely real, and it is easy to relate to them. Anyone would be able to understand exactly where Walt is coming from when he wants to know "where is the justice in that?" Mary was an instant favorite and Walt himself is easy to fall in love with!

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    Posted November 21, 2011

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