by Colin Conway, Frank Zafiro

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Tyler Garrett is a model SWAT officer whose good looks, education and familial status add to that image. The fact that he is a black man in the predominately white Spokane Police Department only adds to the city administration's pride in one of their own. He's often pointed to as an example of the department's best and brightest—a young man on the rise.

One summer evening, Garrett stops a reckless driver. It's something he's done a thousand times except this time, gunfire erupts from a nearby house. As Garrett dives for cover, the driver turns and begins shooting as well. Garrett survives the ambush by killing the driver and chasing off the additional shooter.

The legend of Tyler Garrett grows and the community rallies around him.

Until the initial investigation determines the driver was shot in the back and his gun has somehow disappeared. Suddenly, the police department, city hall, and even the national news media are wondering just what happened that night? In a nation where police brutality dominates the headlines, Garrett's case has suddenly become a flashpoint.

Now, Officer Tyler Garrett must take matters into his own hands. Time is quickly running out for him to find the second shooter and to clear his name.

Praise for CHARLIE-316:

"A hard-hitting police conspiracy tale turned on its head, Charlie-316 bristles with authenticity and rich detail. Conway and Zafiro deliver an engrossing socio-political drama that packs plenty of action and intrigue, while asking the difficult questions. Corruption, conspiracy, and compromise frame the downfall of a perfect cop. And Wardell Clint is the most nuanced, fascinating detective I've read in a very long time. This one tackles tough issues and will leave no reader indifferent. Compelling." —James W. Ziskin, Anthony and Macavity Award-winning author of the Ellie Stone mysteries

"Riveting and compulsively readable, Charlie-316 is an ambitious book about many things including honor, the murkiness of politics, corruption, and a good man searching for the truth. Any fan of Don Winslow's critically-acclaimed The Force needs to be searching out and reading this book." —Dave Zeltserman, author of Small Crimes

"In Charlie-316, Conway and Zafiro, two master storytellers, have punched a hole in the blue wall in this compelling tale that offers the reader a no-holds barred, insider's view of corruption in a mid-sized American city." —Charles Salzberg, author of Second Story Man

"Crackles with authenticity and ripped-from-the-headlines urgency. This is a police procedural written by guys who know the job from the inside. It offers a full view of an incident that feels as real as they come. Charlie-316 is the ultimate ride-along." —Eric Beetner, author of All the Way Down

"Few books have the ambition to cover the scope attempted here; fewer can pull it off. Charlie-316 does more than pull it off: it succeeds. Not since The Wire have I seen a better mixture of crime, law enforcement, politics, and media." —Dana King, Shamus Award-nominated author of the Nick Forte and Penns River series

"Not since the glory days of Joseph Wambaugh has there been such an unflinching portrayal of working cops under pressure. In Charlie-316, Colin Conway and Frank Zafiro deftly juggle a complex cast of characters coping with the issues—racial, political, and personal—that boil around a controversial officer-involved shooting. Expect surprises. Highly recommended." —J.D. Rhoades, author of Fortunate Son, People Like Us, and the Jack Keller series

"Charlie-316 is the real deal. Ripped from today's headlines, it is an intense tale of corruption, suspense and humanity that is impossible to put down. One of the best cop books I've read in years." —Terrence McCauley, award-winning author of The Fairfax Incident and Sympathy for the Devil

"A ripped-from-the-headlines police procedural so real that you'll almost think you joined the force. Conway and Zafiro effortlessly weave intricate investigative details together with raw human emotion to deliver a truly gripping read." —S.W. Lauden, Anthony Award-nominated author of Crosswise

"Charlie-316 is a taut and tense look behind the thin blue line. In a world where the truth is malleable and honor is a tattered banner, justice is as elusive as a ghost. Zafiro and Conway guide us through this world with unflinching honesty and sure handed skill. If you liked The Force you will love Charlie-316." —S.A. Cosby, author of My Darkest Prayer

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161178317
Publisher: Down & Out Books
Publication date: 06/10/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 163,350
File size: 562 KB

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Charlie-316 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
72BRUIN 14 days ago
Black and blue describes this fast-paced novel the best both for its bruising non-stop action, but also for the story of race relations and the police force. Starting with a routine traffic stop, the story escalates into an ambush situation and progresses into police corruption, city politics, police brutality, illegal drugs, conspiracy theories, and murder. Sorting out the black and white of good and bad leads to many shades of gray.
Tink4evr 15 days ago
This is not what I was expecting. It is a twisted tale of not knowing who to trust. It involves dirty politics and corrupt cops. There are several sociopathic liars and manipulators who twist stories and events to benefit their own purpose. It is fast paced, with a lot of action and moving parts. You will not expect the ending.
CathyGeha 15 days ago
Charlie-316 by Colin Conway and Frank Zafiro I contemplate as I sit here having just finished reading this book. Tyler Garrett’s story is one with real issues that we read and hear about on the news almost daily. The main character is a police officer who uses his gun and ends up under investigation. My feelings as I read were definitely involved. I knew before midway that there was definitely corruption in the Spokane police force but just who is involved and how to prove it is not easy for those doing the investigating. The authors of this book know what they are talking about and it comes through in the story they have told. It was easy to follow what was happening even when I really wished the story wasn’t going in the direction it was. I watched people die and politicians try to put a positive for themselves spin on the situation. I saw good men and women on the police force doing their jobs to the best of their abilities. I saw corrupt cops first hand dealing with their own interests without much concern for others. I felt a bit dirty when I finished reading the book because...I think I was supposed to feel that way. This book was entertaining, eye opening and intriguing. Once I began reading I really did have to read on to find out what would happen. The blurb gives the background for the story but the feelings I came away with were much greater than the blurb indicated I would experience. I can easily see this book as a movie and would definitely read more books by these authors. Thank you to NetGalley and Down & Out Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4-5 Stars