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Posted May 5, 2009
This book was amazing. I had absolutely no idea what happens inside the world of a cop. Mr. Paloma took me right to the scene of the crime,all through the book. I truely felt I was there. A joyful and easy read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 19, 2005
'The Beach Club¿ by Richard Paloma, published by Helm Publishing, Illinois: avid readers should track down this crime novel and find a secluded haven to take pleasure in this read. Richard Paloma takes you on a personal tour of the reality of a police department. A most enjoyable and must read if you crave crime fiction. This story will let you see behind the hype of the media, and allow a look at the personal side of police officers all over the world, their ups, downs, fears, and humor. Though the book concentrates on Eden Valley PD, the concepts and ideals could be associated with any Police Department. Paloma builds each character carefully, letting you into the mindset of the Eden Valley Police Officers. You will recognize characters as people within your own life, those that are kind, and of course those that get to where they are going by using other people as their stepping stones. It felt so real that I cannot look at a police officer without thinking about what is behind the scenes in this person¿s life. Be ready for the unseen twist at the end of The Beach Club! You will be surprised, and like me, kick yourself for not thinking of it earlier. The Californian author, Richard Paloma¿who has pursued a career in law enforcement for over seventeen years¿has this, in part, to say about his novel: `The Beach Club is a frolic of maverick and freewheeling cops in their quest to identify and apprehend a sexual predator, internal challenges of morality and commitment as well as overcoming interference by department administrators.¿ The Beach Club sounds like a movie production in the making for Mel Gibson or Martin Scorsese ¿ when reality is only ever a heated breath away.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 27, 2004
It is always interesting when a story is based on the experiences and knowledge of the author and Mr. Paloma has done an outstanding job in using his to bring his storyline to life. There is a sexual predator loose in their fair California city and the swing shift, known as 'The Beach Club' is heading the investigation. The city is afraid, the Mayor is up at arms and they are being hindered by a Lt. Alex Santos, an administrator who is pursuing his own interests in future promotions and plans to find this predator and take all the credit, no matter how he has to do it. The story takes you into the heart and minds of several of the officers; it shows the inner turmoil that often plagues them in their personal life and also in their line of duty, giving you an inside look into the workings of the department, the unity and disunity of the officers, and the stress that is put on their families. It also allows you to take a seldom glimpse into their minds and helps you realize the part they play in helping us live in security. Thank you! I enjoyed this work, not only for the informative value, but also for the great mystery storyline that it has. It held my attention and I was surprised at who the culprit was. The ending was excellent, heart thumping and moving at the same time. All in all a great read and I recommend it. Shirley Johnson/ReviewerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 14, 2004
<br> In the style of Joseph Wambaugh's classic novel, 'The Choirboys,' comes 'The Beach Club' by Richard Paloma. As a member of the local Writers Group, I was thrilled with the opportunity to review an advanced reading copy.<br><br> Paloma's novel is an intriguing police ride-a-long through the fictional East Bay city of Eden Valley, California newly plagued by a serial rapist. More than a look at department politics and procedures, readers are invited into the investigations, antics and lives of the swing shift officers, affectionately dubbed 'the Beach Club.'<br><br> Officer Vincent Patrone, Detective Ray Depietro, and fellow swing shift officers are endangered not only by the perils of the street, but by departmental politics and their choices for on and off-duty activities. Personality and depth are displayed as they clash with 'The Regime' of aspiring chief of police, Lt. Alex Santos and his henchmen while searching for an elusive sexual predator.<br><br> Throughout the book, Officer Patrone has to contend with his personal demons; sympathy for victims after the attacks, feelings of helplessness after responding to a suicide attempt, an escalating affair with a woman he met on-duty, and the of guilt of adultery. Navigating this rocky terrain and looking to understand his feelings, Patrone, befriends Father Tony, a local priest.<br><br> Lightening the harsh realities of being on the job with slightly twisted humor, the shift finds amusement at the mishaps of a canine unit, the hilarious drug testing of a suspicious substance, a miscommunication of international proportions at a ball game, and a final prank on arch nemesis, Santos. Yet the 'Beach Club' officers tackle incidents of fleeing felons, auto theft, arson and the vexing pursuit of the rapist like a championship team.<br><br> Powerful action scenes combine with strong displays of police wit and humor. Paloma effectively ties in anectdones and subplots leading to a fast paced and surprising conclusion.<br><br> It's a quick and enjoyable read.<br><br> By the way, a sneek peek at a chapter of his next book promises another page turner.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 7, 2004
Not the typical cop type story. Not seedy. Excellent details.Compelling story,didn't put it down til I was through. Enjoyed it being set in my area. Another book soon?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.