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D/C Mike O’Shea, a young cop with a knack for working hard and following hunches, is on the verge of cracking a prostitution ring when an undercover from another unit burns him. With only days left before their pimps shuttle the girls out of the country, Mike pushes his team into overdrive. Hours later, with too little information, sleep, or luck, the unthinkable happens. ...more
Kindle Edition, 177 pages
Published September 15th 2018
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Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I have to be honest, it took me slightly longer than normal to get into this book and wasn’t sure to begin with if it would be one for me, having now finished it though, I can safely say it definitely was.

Set in Toronto, Mike and his partner Sal are part of the Juvenile Prostitution Task Force. I’m not even sure if we have such a thing here in the UK, we probably do, but don’t think I have ever come across it in a crime series so was very intrigued to see just what sort of work they actually do
Deryl Easton
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG, talk about a damn good read, THIS is it!

A swaggering, rip-roaring, well-written police thriller that will keep you fully engaged and wanting more!

Cop Mike O'Shea is the hero of this story we watch his fascinating journey along with his colleagues into the world which street cops face.

There were moments where I was chuckling at the wit and humor THEN when the title of the novel all started to make sense I bawled my eyes out, please get the hankies at the ready I was red-eyed and sniveling at
Susan Hampson
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set in Canada the story follows Mike O’Shea and his partner Sal working in the Toronto Juvenile Prostitution Task Force as they are watching the comings and goings on a gang they are close to making arrests in and hopefully rescuing the young girls. There is word about that the gang will be upping sticks and moving out very soon, so it is a type of now or never situation. Communications between departments aren’t the best though with errors that expose each other a regular occurrence.
Mike and Sa
Emma-louise Hamilton
It must be quite frustrating at times for a police officer reading crime fiction and thinking, 'but that would never happen that way!'

Debut novelist Desmond P. Ryan is here to address this problem: a former Canadian detective with 30 years experience on the force behind him, he's penned the first in a planned series featuring Detective Constable Mike O'Shea, and is adamant that he writes 'Real Crime. Fiction.'.

-- What's it about? --

Our D/C is on his way to capture and arrest a group of human tra
Zoé-lee O'farrell

First off…WOW just WOW! This book! I know I do not have the words to express how this book is just awesome! Just being frank about it here.

The story flows and with Mr Ryan’s background it is so realistic! The conversations between the characters were brilliant, because you feel like you are in the room, car, building with them watching the banter happening. The conversations are ordinary and everyday ones in a workplace when they weren’t on the road tracking down the ever elusive Chelsea Hendric
Georgie Logan
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Authentic and Fast-paced

Having loads of paperbacks as well as those on my kindle, when you're busy it's hard to choose what to clicking onto facebook and going to NotRights book club for recommendations, I read Deryl Eastman's review of '10-33 Assist PC', which sparked my interest and I instantly downloaded it.
A fast-paced story, which I love, it was the authentic dialogue that really hooked me, enough for me to miss my bus stop on my way home from work.
Immersed in the investigat
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Everybody can create a crime book by doing the research that is needed, but being able to read one written by a man who has seen and lived it all, is quite different and I was looking forward to dive into the story.

I have to admit it took me a little while to get the feel of it and I have to say I have mixed emotions after finishing it. There were parts that really had me captivated and others that I found hard to believe. I don’t know anything about how the police works, but I had an inkling th
Mary-Esther Lee
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-canadian
Gritty dialogue and bad coffee give this novel a verisimilitude that's often lacking in television cop shows. The long hours, stress, and infighting Ryan depicts also add to the authenticity. For the most part, the story flows well, as does the action, helped by a tight timeframe. A suspenseful ending keeps one riveted. ...more
A.B. Patterson
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always love reading crime fiction from those fellow ex-cops from my Cops Writing Crime project - The Squad, as I've named us. (see my website for The Squad)
My normal crime reading is down the hard-boiled and noir avenues (and all those glorious gutters of depravity!), but I do love police procedurals from fellow ex-cops (at least all the ones I've read so far). Having walked those streets in those boots, there's something that reaches out viscerally, I find. And so I do occasionally venture fr
Dec 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Time taken to read - in and out over 4 days

Pages - 177

Publisher - self

Source - Review Copy

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D/C Mike O’Shea, a young cop with a knack for working hard and following hunches, is on the verge of cracking a prostitution ring when an undercover from another unit burns him. With only days left before their pimps shuttle the girls out of the country, Mike pushes his team into overdrive. Hours later, with too little information, sleep, or luck, the unthinkable happens.

And now, the c
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
An amazing book. It is real. It is gritty. It is a great read! Mike O'Shea is working for the Juvenile Prostitution Ring of the Toronto Police Department with his partner, Sal. They are looking for a girl who has been reported missing. This begins a book with breath-taking action and realistic characters. It should! The author was a police detective for almost 30 years and the experience shows! Highly recommend this book! ...more
Blake Johnson
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"This high-end coffee thing is a scam. Bean is bean."
"Cops taking down cops taking down cops..."

Well, I saw it coming... Sal, the comedic relief in the first half of the book- what a way to go. When Mike tried to piece together his partner's brain matter, something broke in me- it was such an emotional scene in the book, O'Shea at his most vulnerable. But man, when the action picked up in this book it was hard to put down. I read both of these books back to back in the timespan of 24 hours. Holy
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'10-33 Assist PC' is the beginning of a new series about Mike O'Shea, but that was not really the eye-catcher for me.
That it's written by a real detective was!
That immediately created, for me at least, some expectations and they were met quit
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
A Kindle book written by a retired cop in Toronto. The book is gritty, grisly and graphic in places, and the story is totally overshadowed by the "F" word. I realize that may be the way police/detectives speak among themselves but its continuous use in virtually every sentence and by virtually every character was very distracting.

As well, the continuous vulgar conversations between Mike O'Shea and his partner became boring and for the most part I skimmed the book because of that and the language
Rachel Bridgeman
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: january-2019
I wanted to avoid using the word gritty, but this is exactly what '10-33 Assist PC'is. Mike and Sal are real cops with real banter, working on the Canadian Juvenile Prostitution Task Force.
It feels totally natural reading their back and forth banter as they sit on a stakeout. They work in a very difficult and challenging part of police work which rarely has a happy ending and it's a fascinating insight into a very dark part of policing
The book is a slim 170 pages but so much story is packed int
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