Thursday, January 10, 2013
Kathleen Gerard - In Transit: A Novel - Review & Giveaway
About the Book
Best Romantic Fiction
New York Book Festival 2011
Can a rookie cop survive the men who cross her path in the NYPD?
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 is a woman-in-jeopardy story, a post 9-11 novel, that delves into the ordinary lives of NYPD career cops and how their fates are often determined by people who hold secrets as dark and as labyrinth-like as the New York City Subway System.
After Rita graduates from the police academy in New York City, despite the tough training of her superior, Sergeant Gary Hill, she is determined to find a new life and career for herself. Her first assignment is the Transit Department, where she meets her partner, Franko. After getting used to each other, they become close friends.
Officer Billy Quinn enters Rita's life, but little does she know he is very bad news. Franko tries to warn her, but to no avail. Love is blind. After marrying Billy, she soon finds out what he is really like, moments after they say, 'I do.' She is abused by him, and his jealous nature even leads to the point of murder.
I found this story to be fascinating. It's a read that's hard to put down once you begin. It's a sad story of dirty cops stealing money and drugs from offenders and blackmailing them into submission. But somehow, the truth prevails when the tables are turned and they have to pay the price. I would highly recommend this book to those who like intrigue and suspense novels.
In Transit: A Novel buy links:
Barnes and Noble
Price: $4.99 ebook, $25.95 hardcover
Pages: 246 ebook, 284 hardcover
Hardcover Publisher: Five Star (Gale-Cengage-Thorndike Press)
eBook Publisher: Untreed Reads
Hardcover Release: May 2011
eBook Release: October 2012
About the Author
Kathleen Gerard writes across genres. Her fiction has been awarded The Perillo Prize, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award and was nominated for Best New American Voices, all national prizes in literature. Her prose and poetry have been widely published in magazines, literary journals, anthologies and broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). Several of her plays have been staged and performed regionally and off-Broadway.
Links to connect with Kathleen:
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