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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.

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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?

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Sabena, September 24, 2011 (view all comments by Sabena)
Heart pounding, masterful storytelling by a former Louisiana police officer, based on the author's experiences. Clear out your afternoon before you pick up this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060561635
Author:
Drummond, Laurie Lynn
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Laurie Lynn Drummond
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Firearms
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
January 1, 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.06x5.26x.64 in. .47 lbs.

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Product details 272 pages Perennial - English 9780060561635 Reviews:
"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 , "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 , "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."
"Review" by , "Her stories are so compelling that it's difficult to stop reading — I was halfway through the book before I knew it....[T]hese stories aren't just about crimes but about their aftermath..."
"Review" by , "[S]ure-footed and fascinating....Drummond is a fine writer, and her knowledge of police work, and empathy for those who live it, make for compelling truths."
"Review" by , "Drummond has a forceful, straightforward detective-novel style that is well suited to her material....Drummond manages to make the daily routine of cops fresh and engaging and her characters complex enough that the stories hold pleasures beyond those of a standard whodunit."
"Review" by , "[G]rim yet insightful reading....[I]t's the book's slice-of-life authenticity that lends it such power and persuasiveness....She brings you inside the uniform as few authors can."
"Review" by , "Drummond displays a formidable talent....[S]he configures a world alive with pathos, danger and tragedy....These are quietly convincing stories that make us understand how tough the women must be to keep their lives from falling apart."
"Review" by , "Read [this book] to be sucked into a world where training and instinct must be backed by luck for the officer to go home at the end of her shift alive and physically intact....Then stand in line with the rest of us waiting for Ms. Drummond's next book."
"Review" by , "[A]n auspicious debut...written by a former police officer with a considerable gift for storytelling....Drummond's voice is clear and strong. Let's hope that we hear again from her, and soon."
"Review" by , "[A] deft storyteller. She has excellent control over language, a deep reach into her characters' psyches and an ear for irony....Anything You Say shows so much talent that Drummond's next work need only choose a clearer path, memoir or fiction, to make it better."
"Review" by , "Those readers interested in character studies, particularly women's issues, will find this collection worthwhile, with the caveat that the descriptions of violence and its aftermath can be unsettling. The blurring of genres is, however, commendable."
"Synopsis" by , This riveting debut collection of short fiction about women cops comes from the author's real–life experience as a Baton Rouge police officer. In an entirely fresh and unique voice, these stories reveal the humanity, compassion, humour, tragedy and redemption hidden behind the "blue wall."

Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You centres on the lives of five female police officers. 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. Because the stories come from the author's own experience, they open a curtain on the truth behind the job–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. It illuminates not only how officers feel while they are in uniform, holding their guns, but also what they feel after they go home and put those guns aside.

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