Trooper Down!: Life and Death on the Highway Patrol

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It’s a trooper’s worst nightmare. What begins as a routine patrol suddenly turns violent when someone pulls a weapon. Moments later, the trooper is down—wounded or dead. Then, like a swarm of angry bees, every other trooper on the force mobilizes to catch the suspect. Whether they’re issuing a ticket for speeding “just a little” over the limit or conducting an all-out manhunt, the people who have chosen this perilous and demanding profession are rarely revealed as vividly or candidly as they are here. In Trooper ...

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Overview

It’s a trooper’s worst nightmare. What begins as a routine patrol suddenly turns violent when someone pulls a weapon. Moments later, the trooper is down—wounded or dead. Then, like a swarm of angry bees, every other trooper on the force mobilizes to catch the suspect. Whether they’re issuing a ticket for speeding “just a little” over the limit or conducting an all-out manhunt, the people who have chosen this perilous and demanding profession are rarely revealed as vividly or candidly as they are here. In Trooper Down! Marie Bartlett uses her gripping hell-for-leather style to paint a fascinating portrait of one of the nation’s most elite law-enforcement agencies. In interviews and anecdotes, troopers relate stories of narrow misses, breathtaking confrontations, strange and hilarious encounters with various “crazies,” and, most heartbreakingly, working the wrecks—aiding the injured and dying in highway accidents—while troopers’ wives and widows tell of the heart-wrenching realities trooper families face. Through this remarkable book, we not only comprehend the life of a trooper, we are unforgettably there.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Using officers of the North Carolina Highway Patrol as representative of state troopers across the country, Asheville Citizen-Times police reporter Bartlett writes of the careers and lives of those who do this work. After rigorous training, troopers are usually sent to areas where they and county sheriff's officers are the only law enforcers. Their routine patrolling of highways, looking for speeders and drunk drivers, is often anything but routine, particularly when they try to intercept fleeing criminals or have to take charge at the scene of an auto accident. But their work has its humorous side, too, especially when motorists try to wheedle their way out of citations. Bartlett presents both male and female officers, their family lives and their views of the job. Photos not seen by PW. Paperback rights to Pocket Books. October
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780912697819
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/30/1988
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 488,313
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie Bartlett was born in Melbourne, Australia, but came to this country as a young child and was raised in western North Carolina. As a freelance writer, she has published hundreds of articles in newspapers and magazines, and she has served as a correspondent for the Associated Press. She also writes crime fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    That good

    Wow i intersted about this but a little true story. I understand i read this second time so yeahh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2001

    A must Read for any one thinking of going into Law Enforcement!!

    This is and excellent book. It reads very smoothly and peaks your intrest around every corner. I am from North Carolina not far from where State Trooper Giles Harmon was killed. I have several officer friends that told me to read this if I was planning to be an officer and I did. It makes you think just how much troopers put their lives on the line. But I highly recomend this book to see just how involved the job of State Trooper is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2000

    Excellent Book

    This is an absolutely awesome book for anyone to read. If you ever thought about being a State Trooper, a City Police officer, Sheriff, or any other job associated with law enforcement, this is a must read! This book goes in depth into the lives of the troopers and shows you how dangerous, and sometimes funny, their job is. This book will give you more respect for State Troopers.

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