Charlie-316

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Pub Date 10 Jun 2019 | Archive Date 17 Jun 2019

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Tyler Garrett is a model SWAT officer whose good looks, education and familial status add to that image. The fact that he is a black man in the predominately white Spokane Police Department only adds to the city administration’s pride in one of their own. He’s often pointed to as an example of the department’s best and brightest—a young man on the rise.

One summer evening, Garrett stops a reckless driver. It’s something he’s done a thousand times except this time, gunfire erupts from a nearby house. As Garrett dives for cover, the driver turns and begins shooting as well. Garrett survives the ambush by killing the driver and chasing off the additional shooter.

The legend of Tyler Garrett grows and the community rallies around him.

Until the initial investigation determines the driver was shot in the back and his gun has somehow disappeared. Suddenly, the police department, city hall, and even the national news media are wondering just what happened that night? In a nation where police brutality dominates the headlines, Garrett’s case has suddenly become a flashpoint.

Now, Officer Tyler Garrett must take matters into his own hands. Time is quickly running out for him to find the second shooter and to clear his name.

Tyler Garrett is a model SWAT officer whose good looks, education and familial status add to that image. The fact that he is a black man in the predominately white Spokane Police Department only adds...


Advance Praise

“Charlie-316 is the real deal. Ripped from today’s headlines, it is an intense tale of corruption, suspense and humanity that is impossible to put down. One of the best cop books I’ve read in years.” —Terrence McCauley, award-winning author of The Fairfax Incident and Sympathy for the Devil

“A ripped-from-the-headlines police procedural so real that you’ll almost think you joined the force. Conway and Zafiro effortlessly weave intricate investigative details together with raw human emotion to deliver a truly gripping read.” —S.W. Lauden, Anthony Award-nominated author of Crosswise

“In Charlie-316, Conway and Zafiro, two master storytellers, have punched a hole in the blue wall in this compelling tale that offers the reader a no-holds barred, insider’s view of corruption in a mid-sized American city.” —Charles Salzberg, author of Second Story Man

“Few books have the ambition to cover the scope attempted here; fewer can pull it off. Charlie-316 does more than pull it off: it succeeds. Not since The Wire have I seen a better mixture of crime, law enforcement, politics, and media.” —Dana King, Shamus Award-nominated author of the Nick Forte and Penns River series

“Riveting and compulsively readable, Charlie-316 is an ambitious book about many things including honor, the murkiness of politics, corruption, and a good man searching for the truth. Any fan of Don Winslow’s critically-acclaimed The Force needs to be searching out and reading this book.” —Dave Zeltserman, author of Small Crimes

“Crackles with authenticity and ripped-from-the-headlines urgency. This is a police procedural written by guys who know the job from the inside. It offers a full view of an incident that feels as real as they come. Charlie-316 is the ultimate ride-along.” —Eric Beetner, author of All The Way Down

“Not since the glory days of Joseph Wambaugh has there been such an unflinching portrayal of working cops under pressure. In Charlie-316, Colin Conway and Frank Zafiro deftly juggle a complex cast of characters coping with the issues—racial, political, and personal—that boil around a controversial officer-involved shooting. Expect surprises. Highly recommended.” —J.D. Rhoades, author of Fortunate Son, People Like Us, and the Jack Keller series

“Charlie-316 is a taut and tense look behind the thin blue line. In a world where the truth is malleable and honor is a tattered banner, justice is as elusive as a ghost. Zafiro and Conway guide us through this world with unflinching honesty and sure handed skill. If you liked The Force you will love Charlie-316.” —S.A. Cosby, author of My Darkest Prayer

“Conveyed in classically clean, sharp, staccato-styled prose that makes Sergeant Friday sound like a soft-boiled sap by comparison, Charlie 3-16 carves its own niche in the busy field of police procedurals with its gritty, grisly, action-driven, twist-happy plot as well as its realistic depictions of police as flawed people in peril, not just stalwart guardians of bystanders in the sidelines of the battlefield. These guys put their lives on the line on a daily basis, and the immediacy of this ongoing and often untold human drama involving both heroes and anti-heroes, in and out of the squad car, on and off those mean streets, is what compels compassion amid all the departmental corruption and institutionalized criminality.” —Will “the Thrill” Viharo, author of The Thrillville Pulp Fiction Collection and the Vic Valentine, Private Eye series

“A hard-hitting police conspiracy tale turned on its head, Charlie-316 bristles with authenticity and rich detail. Conway and Zafiro deliver an engrossing socio-political drama that packs plenty of action and intrigue, while asking the difficult questions. Corruption, conspiracy, and compromise frame the downfall of a perfect cop. And Wardell Clint is the most nuanced, fascinating detective I’ve read in a very long time. This one tackles tough issues and will leave no reader indifferent. Compelling.” —James W. Ziskin, Anthony and Macavity Award-winning author of the Ellie Stone mysteries

“Charlie-316 is the real deal. Ripped from today’s headlines, it is an intense tale of corruption, suspense and humanity that is impossible to put down. One of the best cop books I’ve read in years.”...


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Black and blue describes this fast-paced novel the best both for its bruising non-stop action, but also for the story of race relations and the police force. Starting with a routine traffic stop, the story escalates into an ambush situation and progresses into police corruption, city politics, police brutality, illegal drugs, conspiracy theories, and murder. Sorting out the black and white of good and bad leads to many shades of gray.

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Tyler Garrett is a model SWAT officer whose good looks, education and familial status add to that image. The fact that he is a black man in the predominately white Spokane Police Department only adds to the city administration’s pride in one of their own. He’s often pointed to as an example of the department’s best and brightest—a young man on the rise. One summer evening, Garrett stops a reckless driver. It’s something he’s done a thousand times except this time, gunfire erupts from a nearby house. As Garrett dives for cover, the driver turns and begins shooting as well. Garrett survives the ambush by killing the driver and chasing off the additional shooter. The legend of Tyler Garrett grows and the community rallies around him. Until the initial investigation determines the driver was shot in the back and his gun has somehow disappeared. Suddenly, the police department, city hall, and even the national news media are wondering just what happened that night? In a nation where police brutality dominates the headlines, Garrett’s case has suddenly become a flashpoint. Now, Officer Tyler Garrett must take matters into his own hands. Time is quickly running out for him to find the second shooter and to clear his name. This book has authenticity and ripped-from-the-headlines of the times. A VERY tense look behind the thin blue line. Thank you, NetGalley for the advance copy.

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Charlie-316 is the second gritty, topical thriller that Mr Conway and Mr Zafiro have teamed up for and its complex, multilayered plot gave me a few hours of complete literary joy. The story begins with Tyler Garrett getting caught up in an officer-involved shooting — an emotionally-charged and divisive issue currently across the United States. From then it explores other worthy topics — race relations in America, murder, conspiracy theories, illegal drugs, wider police brutality, corruption and policing decisions made through a political lens, to name a few. Moving along at a good clip there is never a dull moment and we are treated to a well-rounded story. Not only does it feature nonstop action but it touches on many prevalent real-world issues too; the best of both worlds. There is a rare air of authenticity about some of the happenings and I feel this is due to the fact that both authors have years of experience in the Spokane (Washington) Police Department. It's tension-filled, thoroughly entertaining and rather illuminating as I am sure some of this genuinely happens given I'm the sceptical type. Intriguing tidbit for anyone wondering (as I was) about where the title of the book came from; it was apparently Colin's call sign during one of his patrol assignments, and he liked the sound of it so much that he put it aside to be used in a story someday, and here we are! There is so much breadth and depth in this thriller it's astonishing. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Down & Out for an ARC.

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This is not what I was expecting. It is a twisted tale of not knowing who to trust. It involves dirty politics and corrupt cops. There are several sociopathic liars and manipulators who twist stories and events to benefit their own purpose. It is fast paced, with a lot of action and moving parts. You will not expect the ending.

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First impressions can be dangerous.  From the very first chapter, this story grips you by the throat and doesn't let go.  Officer Garrett is such a likable guy, upstanding citizen, a model police officer, and family man.  When a traffic stop goes bad the reader joins the main character and shares the emotions throughout the ambush, chase and ultimate officer-involved shooting.  Relief is the overwhelming emotion with Tyler escapes unharmed. As the cast of characters is introduced, almost every one elicits some sort of strong emotion.  I couldn't stop to cook dinner, leaving my family to fend for themselves, so engaged with this drama.  The story, like real life, is complicated by race, politics, perceptions, the news cycle, bad guys who appear to be good and good guys who aren't necessarily well liked. This story will keep you guessing and most of the time, your guesses will be wrong.  I can't recommend this tense, moving drama enough.

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