Crime fiction as it’s never been written before.
October 22, 2015
SO YOU’VE READ hardboiled mysteries before.
You’ve read all about the procedures detectives use to track down thieves, burglars, kidnappers, terrorists, or a killer.
You’ve seen the clues.
You’ve watched the evidence mount.
You’ve seen the crimes solved.
Maybe you’ve even watched the suspect break down and confess.
Virtually all the stories are the same.
Only the cops are different.
Well, why don’t you ride for a while with LAPD Robbery-Homicide detective “Calamity” Jane Randall and her partner, detective Ray Pagan.
It will be the ride of your life.
I guarantee it.
Bestselling novelist Paul Bishop tells the kind of crime story you have not read before. He takes you inside the minds of police interrogators. It’s a strange and often bizarre place to be.
For them, interrogation is a science.
It’s an art.
For Calamity Jane, it’s a gift.
Somewhere in one of America’s largest cities, children are missing.
Randall and Pagan have been assigned to find them.
Time is running short.
Time may be running out.
One wrong turn, one wrong answer, and children will die.
For the detectives, it is a terrible burden, and a terrible cross to bear.
They search for the truth.
Truth is an obsession.
But can they catch the lies?
Or will the lies condemn them all?
The obstacles confronting police are nothing new to Paul Bishop. He spent 35 years with the Los Angeles Police Department and was twice honored as Detective of the Year. In police circles, Bishop was regarded as an expert at interrogation.
He is comfortable playing mental chess games inside an interrogation room, eyeball to eyeball with a killer.
His writing is just as tough.
Often it is brilliant.
In Lie Catchers, written from Calamity Jane’s point of view, he said: “My latest debacle – a suspect’s bullet taking a chunk out of my leg while my bullet took a chunk out of his vitals – hadn’t helped much. Nobody was saying the suspect didn’t get what he deserved and the shooting was clean. Nobody was saying the human smuggling ring we smashed wasn’t great police work. But the essence of calamity still hung over everything like a cheap celebrity perfume.”
It may have been a risk for a man to write his novel through the eyes of a woman. But, in real life, most of Bishop’s partners on the Los Angeles Police Department were females. He says: “The writer side of me has been paying attention for a long time to how women on the job have to handle or put up with all manner of things male cops don’t encounter. Those challenges forced successful female officers and detectives to work harder and smarter to not only do their job, but to also compete for promotions and assignments within the male dominated cop culture.”
Lie Catchers is a stunning work of literature because it has an authentic feel. Bishop knows his characters, and he allows them to work their way into a reader’s psyche with scenes as gritty and disturbing as a nightmare.
The detectives are deeply flawed.
They have survived tragedies of their own.
The mind games they play are dark and dangerous.
And losing is not an option.
The life a child hangs in the balance.
The life of a child may hinge on the next question they ask, the next answer they receive.
Lie Catchers, quite frankly, is crime fiction written on a level where it’s never been before.