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Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You: Stories


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Author's Note

It was just too intense to put into words. So writing these stories allowed me to exorcise demons and come to grips with who I was and the work I did.

Another impetus was to shove aside the romantic notions, the stereotypes, the good and bad guy mentality that many people have about police work and reveal the moral complexity of the job. I wanted to open the door so readers could see beyond the badge and the gun to the human beings underneath with their own personal dramas and losses, hopes and loves. The job is tough, cruel, unrelenting, scary, frequently unappreciated, and it alters the fabric of who a person is for the rest of their life. I remember every murder, every suicide, every traffic fatality, and it colors everything I do. But the job also carries these moments of grace, and through my stories, I could make those visible and appreciate what I did, what so many men and women continue to do.

These stories were written to honor the humanity of police officers and the work they do, without flinching away from the imperfections.

Product Details

Drummond, Laurie Lynn
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Publication Date:
February 3, 2004
9.54x6.40x.94 in. 1.13 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages HarperCollins Publishers - English 9780060561628 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Combin[es] Southern grace and urban brutality....Choosing original characters over cliches and gritty detail over simplification, Drummond continually surprises with her profiles in courage, which focus on a captivating minority on the force."
"Review" by , "[A] superb debut....With a marvelous command of fear and sensuous involvement, Drummond sucks us into ten stories about five policewomen in Baton Rouge....Prose that weighs like a gun in your palm."
"Review" by , "The five tales in this debut collection [convey a sense of place, character identity, and plot] successfully....This is an exceptional body of writing; highly recommended."
"Synopsis" by , Women cops are the focus of this riveting debut collection of short fiction by a former policewoman.
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