Abuse of Power

Abuse of Power

by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg


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Rachel Simmons, an idealistic thirty-four-year-old widow with two children to raise, joins the Oak Grove, California police force for reasons that go beyond economic necessity. Upholding the law has had a special meaning for Rachel ever since she was kidnapped as a child and her life was saved by a courageous policeman.

When Rachel witnesses a vicious abuse of police authority-and reports it-she propels herself into a nightmare of conflict and terror. By cracking the sacred blue code of silence, she has made enemies of the very men and women who hold her life in their hands-armed adversaries who are accustomed to exercising their power and will stop at nothing to ensure her silence.

Suddenly there is danger everywhere. Rachel's children are threatened, her name is slandered, a shooting frame-up puts her on the legal defensive, and someone is bent on her death. She is alone, increasingly afraid, and forced to rely on an ambitious attorney whose motives she questions, even as he seems to offer a way out.

With its riveting revelations of the harsh reality of life behind the badge and a plot that moves from shock to shock, Abuse of Power bristles with danger and excitement, both on the streets, and in court. Its shattering conclusion will make readers think hard about many issues in today's headlines. This compelling novel shows Nancy Taylor Rosenberg at her best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440148637
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/29/2009
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Q: Do you use a computer to write and if so, what kind of computer do you use?

A: I use a Pentium 133 MhZ system, with 16MB EDO RAM, 1.2 GB hard drive, 6X CD-ROM, and a 17" Princeton Graphics monitor. All of my books have been written in WordPerfect version 6.0.

Q: Do you ever see yourself experimenting in new genres of literature, writing completely different types of books than you are now?

A: I wrote California Angel, which was totally different from my thrillers. Although I attracted scores of devoted readers who might never have picked up one of my suspense novels, some of my other fans were upset that they had to wait for the next thriller. Readers should embrace an author's attempt to write something fresh and original, rather than force them into remaining in the same genre throughout their entire career. That's why authors get stale.

Q: What's the most bizarre police call that you ever responded to in your years of working for various law enforcement agencies?

A:An incident that stands out in my mind is the man who attempted to behead himself with a razor blade. I peered down at his throat and saw his vocal cords were fully exposed, certain he was dead. His eyes flew open and he started talking just when I was calling for a coroner.

Q: Former lawyers- and stockbrokers-turned-novelists have told us about the mixed reactions they received when they left their careers to pursue writing full-time. What kind of reaction did you receive from your former law enforcement coworkers?

A:  I remain in contact with many of the officers I worked with during my career. They seem pleased with my success. I had already left law enforcement when I decided to write my first novel, so it wasn't as if I had to make a decision between one career or the other.

Q: How do you feel about having coffee cafés in bookstores?

A:  I think cafés in bookstores are fun. The Barnes & Noble superstores are quite the happening place, particularly for singles. I'd much rather hang out in a bookstore than a bar. For women, this is a great environment. They feel safe and are probably more receptive to striking up a conversation with a stranger. For some reason, men seem more appealing in a bookstore.

Q: What, to you, is the most important day of the year?

A: The most important day of the year is today!

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