A Walker/Tamiko L.A.P.D. Novel
By Paul Bishop
Even since getting hooked on the late Ed McBain’s cop/mystery series, the 87th Precinct, we’ve enjoyed reading cop novels. Familiar with the fact that writer Paul Bishop is a veteran, highly decorated, former L.A. P.D. detective; our expectations for this book were high.
The year is 1977 and police officer Calico Jack Walker is
going to retire after thirty years on the force. It is a bitter-sweet time in
Calico’s life as he’s not at all certain his plans to start a boat chartering
business with his son Ren will fill his future with the same thrills and
satisfaction he experienced on the city streets. He’s also become ambivalent of
turning loose his rookie partner, Tina Tamiko, to spread her own wings. Under
his mentorship she’s become a really good cop with all the right skills and
survival instincts. What’s confusing things is they are becoming romantically
As if all this wasn’t enough to occupy Calico’s few
remaining days, he, and Tamiko, are challenged by two fellow officers, Stack
and Thurman, to a race to be run during one single duty shift from Los Angeles to Los Vegas
and back again. It is an old unauthorized escapade most believe a myth and realistically
impossible. Be that as it may, Stack, having been publicly embarrassed by
Tamiko on several occasions, won’t rescind his challenge and the race is on.
Meanwhile, in the state penitentiary, a murderous inmate puts out a contract on Calico’s life so that he won’t be around to screw up the killer’s upcoming parole hearing. Then there’s the British gangster planning a million dollar heist at the very casino that is the race drivers’ destination and turn around point. “Hot Pursuit” is just that and from page to page, Bishop keeps the metal to pedal, delivering a high octane, action packed thriller at the same time introducing us to a fascinating cast of characters you won’t soon forget. This one’s a winner, friends, all the way to the finish line.