In Transit

In Transit

by Kathleen Gerard

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When a psychic in a shopping mall tells Rita Del Vecchio that she is "destined for greatness," and she will "marry a man in uniform," the restless, wet-behind-the-ears, 22 year-old decides to finally take control of her life. Rita sets out on a quest to become a New York City Police Officer. But can a spry, feisty, single woman thrive in the gritty world of New York's Finest?

Leaving behind the suburbs of New Jersey and a job as an under-tipped waitress, Rita Del Vecchio hangs up her apron and ballet slippers for a bullet-proof vest. But will she wear it? And if she does, will it protect her on the mean streets of Manhattan? Can it also protect her from Cupid’s arrows if they should land amiss?

Rita is assigned to the New York City Transit Police Squad and gets more than she bargained for. Riding the Lexington Avenue Subway Line, Rita winds up meeting not one man in uniform, but many. Whom will she love?

IN TRANSIT combines romance and suspense. This woman-in-jeopardy story delves into the ordinary lives of NYPD career cops and how their fates are determined by people who hold secrets as dark and as labyrinth-like as the New York City Subway System.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015527926
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 177
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Kathleen Gerard is a prize-winning author who writes across genres. Her work has been widely published and anthologized, as well as broadcast on National Public Radio. Her novel, In Transit, was awarded “Best Romantic Fiction” at The New York Book Festival (2011). To learn more visit and

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In Transit 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
wrighton-time on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Article first published as Book Review:In Transit by Kathleen Gerard on Blogcritics.In the world of law enforcement, there are the heroes, those men and women dedicated to right and justice. They put their lives on the line in order that we might continue our freedom and lives. On the other side of the coin are those that are known as dirty, they take advantage of the situations in which they find themselves, taking money and drugs in exchange for allowing the criminals to continue to ply their trade.In Transit by Kathleen Gerard, we follow the life of a young woman, Rita Del Vecchio. A server by trade, she also takes ballet because of her love of dance. On a whim after getting her fortune told, she decides to become a police officer. Little does she realize the strength and attitude she will have to develop in order to succeed. Her training almost derails her. When graduation looms, and even with the battering of comments she receives from the trainer, he passes her through. He even admits that he admires her spunk, and she graduates with the rest of her class. Assigned to transit, she and her new partner, Franko O¿Malley become best friends.Rita has always been attracted to men in uniform and when she meets a young handsome office Billy Quinn, she is enamored immediately. Billy is kind and loving, everything she has been looking for in a man, and within three months, they are married. Even leading up to the wedding both her instructor and her partner try to get her to take some time, and let her know that Billy may not be the man she thinks he is. Ignoring their advice, she goes on with her plans.On her wedding day, she immediately meets a very different Billy, a dark and dangerous man. One she does not know and who frightens her. During her honeymoon, he is back to the Billy she understands, but she finds that he is not exactly who she expected but more the man her friends warned her about. Controlling and jealous, he rages over her relationship with anyone she meets. She will not allow him to control her life. She sets her own expectations, and while Billy backs down on the surface, internally he rages on.As their life begins to unravel further, Billy gets deeper into his drug deals and protection money, as Rita maintains her life as an officer on the job of protection. When threats begin to pile in to the department, threats against her own partner, but her husband as well, she finally realizes he is leading a double life.When her partner is murdered, and the IAD becomes be interested in the rumors and leaks they are receiving, danger begins to surround her. Not only has her partner been murdered, but her husband has also turned on her. Can she get her life back in line and back on a course of normalcy? Will her divorce stop the threats from her husband? Is there really a chance at real life for Rita?Kathleen Gerard has written a dark and dangerous story based on emotions. The police work and interactions are well done, but the emotions spur the story. She follows the evolutions of feelings and the changes that continue, those based off actions and reactions to real and imagined activities. The characters are well written, detailed in a way that draws you in. Rita begins with her head in the clouds and even when things become dangerous, she still believes the best in human nature.There is a certain naivety about Rita. It creates a charming and likable person, and yet there appears to be an inner core of strength that helps her to stay true to herself even in the worst of times. Her Partner Franko is a wonderful man, trying his best to do the right thing by trying to make up for the death of a homeless woman. He feels responsible, even though he was not at fault, so he constantly helps those other homeless when he can. Her previous trainer, Officer Hill remains her rock. The one person she can rely on when her world threatens to turn to ruin.If you enjoy suspense and danger with romance and great characters, you will enjoy
Tribute_Books_Reviews More than 1 year ago
"Nana always used to say a girl needs to spend all four seasons with a man before she says I do." Smart advice from the mom of Rita Del Vecchio. If only she listened to it. Award-winning author, Kathleen Gerard, offers her readers this dire warning in her gritty, yet romantic, cop thriller, IN TRANSIT: A NOVEL: look beyond the surface, don't settle for appearances. Getting swept off your feet (like her main character) can be dangerous. At the beginning, Rita is an idealist. Call her naive, she's a hopeless romantic. Sick of waitressing at a diner in Jersey, she puts undue emphasis on an impromptu psychic reading that her destiny lies with a man in uniform. Hearing that the NYPD is seeking new recruits, she struggles through the boot camp conditions of officer training with a bulldog of an instructor, Sergeant Gary Hill. She makes it all the way to graduation only to lock eyes with crooked cop, Billy Quinn. Gerard knows how to paint a picture of working the beat of an inner city cop. When assigned the subways to patrol, Rita falls into a steady routine of riding the rails and talking about the Yankees with her sweetheart of a partner, Franko O'Malley. They are like two peas in a pod until Billy makes a grandiose play for Rita's affections. The novel operates around two simultaneous story lines. The majority of events are told through Rita's point of view, but there's also a concurrent thread depicting Billy's secret life. Gerard weaves the plot into a seamless whole, and a sense of foreboding builds as Rita unknowingly becomes more entangled in Billy's web of lies. The characterization shines in the ethnic divide between the Italians and the Irish. Rita's mom is the classic example of an Italian matriarch. She's a pasta-cooking force of nature. She senses Billy is a no good Irishman when he shows up late, drinks more than he should and offers her daughter a hand-me-down wedding band. Her instincts are right on the money, but her high-handed way of expressing her concerns to her daughter go unheeded. As Rita responds, "No, you're passing judgment. That's what you're doing. No one is ever going to be good enough for me. Are they, Ma?" In a brutal scene, Billy's true nature is finally revealed to Rita when he drags her into the woods during their wedding reception. The threat of violence shocks the reader into grasping the full measure of Billy's depravity. He progressively worsens through the second half of the novel, but this tipping point is graphic in nature serving to fully illustrate the ever-changing nature of their relationship. Jealousy. Possessiveness. Paranoia. Alcoholism. Drug addiction. All of Billy's demons are revealed one by one. The supporting cast is also restructured as Billy begins to drive the narrative. One character is murdered. Another becomes a pillar of support for Rita as a new - and unexpected - love interest. While another comes out of the closet and reveals his homosexuality to Rita. All of these narrative twists are handled with care and grace as Gerard infuses her secondary characters with as much complexity and level of detail that she bestows upon Rita and Billy. For a woman tough enough to choose employment as a post 9-11 cop, Rita is someone who never expected to become a victim in her own home. Her inner strength slowly re-emerges, even after she is dealt some crippling set-backs. Gerard creates a female protagonist who is easy to root for. Rita's choices at times may be questionable, but her resolve to make the most out of life never wavers. IN TRANSIT: A NOVEL may revolve around cops, but it is centered around the workings of a woman's heart.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twentyish Rita Del Vecchio lives in suburban New Jersey. She works as a waitress making nothing. At a mall, a psychic tells her she is destined for great things and will fall in love and marry a man in uniform, but must risk leaving her comfort zone. Deciding to take a chance on life, Rita applies for a position as a New York City police officer. To her euphoria, she is hired. She undergoes grueling training at the academy as instructor Sergeant Gary Hill takes no mercy on Twinkle Toes until she is at the end of her rope. Still she survives the rigorous training. Rita joins the city's transit police patrolling the trains. She begins dating cop Billy Quinn who she assumes is her secret admirer. However, as Internal Affairs investigates dirty cops, she becomes caught in the middle with only her secret admirer having her back. New York, especially the Lexington Avenue line, makes this an enjoyable police procedural with a romantic subplot enhancing the insightful look at the tour of duty of a transit cop and an internal investigation into a dirty cop ring. Although the plot contains a bit too many spins, as Rita makes the tale entertaining with her courage and determination. Harriet Klausner