Parallax: True Crime Tales by Lance J. LoRusso

Parallax: True Crime TalesParallax: True Crime Tales by Lance J. LoRusso

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, BookLogix, and the author via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Parallax is a collection of short stories all centring around the police force. Written by LoRusso who has carried a badge for over thirty years now, this book gives the reader an insight into a police officer’s thoughts, and feelings as they have to live with and deal with awful situations that they are sure to encounter in their line of work. Comprised of five short stories, each tale takes us into a moment in time of a police officer. The first taking place during a bank robbery, and the last showing us the aftermath of a terrible situation which lead to a police officer becoming an alcoholic trying to deal with everything. It really does cover a broad spectrum and I am SO glad that I was accepted to read this. It was incredibly eye opening, as none of us who have not been in a position such as these would realise the turmoil that these strong, amazing people face every day.

Having been given a brief glimpse into different situations that one can face in such a dangerous line of work as this, I believe it proves that it takes a special kind of person to be willing to do the right thing when given such power, as well as to put your life on the line for others. We all know that not all police officer’s use their power for the good of the people they swore to protect, but I do believe that the good far outweigh the bad. Being willing to put your life on the line, literally, for someone that you don’t know takes a certain level of humanity that I think a lot of the people in the world lack today. The outright act of selflessness is amazing.

Each story in this collection is different from the last, and I have to say, the last two stories were definitely my favourite. The second last story is one of a detective, speaking to a man whom he believes is responsible for a spate of murders that have occurred in the small town that he resides in. It shows us the excitement that can occur when they finally get their man, when they know without a doubt that they have the culprit responsible and that this will all be coming to an end soon. It also gives us a look into life as a partner to a police officer. Having to leave your loved one at home, comfortable in bed, not wanting to talk about the possibility that once you walk out that door, you may not ever come back. Hoping against hope that you’ll make it through just one more shift with your life in tact. It really brings it home when instead of saying “be safe, I love you.” as our character leaves, his wife says “you go catch the bad guys” and he knows that is her way of saying, “be safe, please come home to me, I love you”, but to actually put it in those words would be too hard, and take too much of a toll when having to speak them every single day when your spouse leaves the house.

The last story follows a retired police officer who ended up falling down the abyss of alcoholism. We follow him on his journey as he has been able to pull himself out of that hole, get himself help and is now taking his first journey to Savannah. A place where he spent every single moment there drunk, unable to remember much of anything. He is testing himself and believes in himself. I love that the story is given such a sweet spin when we meet the owner of the B&B that our character is staying in for the duration of his stay. I love that there is the spark of new romance, that it really shows there is light at the end of the tunnel, you just have to keep slogging through to reach it. It was such a beautiful way to end this collection of short stories, and really left me with a smile on my face once I’d finished the book.

If you want a little insight into the life of a police officer, give this book a go. While it doesn’t go super deep, it gives us brief glimpses behind the curtains and it is something that I am SO glad I got to experience.

Lastly, thank you to all of those who serve, in any capacity, under any title, in any form, whether that be police officer, Army, Navy or Airforce or any number of places and titles that I’ve no doubt forgotten at this time, Thank you.

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