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


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Anything You Say Can And Will Be Used Against You is a no-holds-barred account of the lives of five female police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Each woman's story — like each call in a police officer's day — varies in its unique drama, but all the tales illuminate the tenuous line between life and death, violence and control, despair and salvation.

These stories reveal how officers are trained to deal with the smell of death, how violence clings to a crime scene long after the crime is committed, how the police determine when to engage in or diffuse violence, why some people make it from the academy to the force and some don't, and all the friendships, romances, and dramas that happen along the way. In an entirely fresh and unique voice, these stories reveal the humanity, compassion, humor, tragedy, and redemption hidden behind the "blue wall." This is fiction at its most true-to-life.

Topics for Discussion

1. If you made an emergency call, would you want a man or woman on the scene, or would it depend what was going on?

2. Police officers perform a vital service for all of us, every day. But in "Katherine's Elegy," Drummond hints at reasons other than altruism for becoming a police officer. Why do you think people become police officers?

3. From reading her stories, do you think Laurie Lynn Drummond thinks that women approach the job of being a police officer differently than men do?

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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