Partners in Crime, the San Diego Chapter of the national organization Sisters in Crime, will depart from its normal day and time for its February meeting.
On Sunday, February 11 at noon the group meets at Mysterious Galaxy to hear San Diego Police Detective Jana Beard discuss interviewing techniques to help writers make their police interviews more realistic.
In 27 years with SDPD she has spent 20 years as a detective with assignments in Vice, Sex Crimes, and currently Homicide, where she has investigated over 300 cases. She is known for her skills as an interviewer.
Reading from his fifth novel, The Innocents, will be Dave Putnam, who spent 35 years in law enforcement, including many years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. David & author Earl Javorsky will present Two Writers: Opposite Sides of the Law immediately following the Sisters in Crime meeting.
Sisters in Crime is a national organization with local chapters which supports mystery and crime writers and promotes reading the genre. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our affection for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. We are open for everyone's participation.
Each meeting will feature a short reading from a recently published or soon-to-be-published novel followed by a presentation by a mystery or crime writer or knowledgeable professional in a field of interest to mystery writers and readers.
San Diego chapter meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of the month, starting with a social period with refreshments, followed by a brief membership meeting.
Attendance is free for members. Dues are $25 per year, plus membership in the national organization. Members may join at our meeting, with payment by check, cash or credit card, or online.
Booklist sums up Putnam's Bruno Johnson series: "Bruno Johnson believes so passionately in justice that he'll lie, cheat, and steal to achieve it--and he'll pulverize anybody who gets in his way."
The Early Years: Book One
Bruno Johnson, a newly minted LA County Sheriff Violent Crimes detective, gets the worst assignment possible--infiltrate a sheriff's narcotics team that may be involved in murder for hire. Gain their trust and be brought into the scheme. If he succeeds, he will have to arrest and testify against his fellow deputies--if he lives that long.
To make matters worse, before Bruno leaves home on the first day of this assignment, he answers the door to find an ex-girlfriend. Without explanation, she hands him a baby girl only weeks old. The child is his. Stunned and terrified, he now faces immediate fatherhood as well as the traitor-like charge to take down his colleagues.
Juggling his complex home life, Bruno tackles his assignment to discover that no one is who they seem to be and that his boss, Lieutenant Wicks, might be involved. His mission is further complicated when an attractive female deputy, recently transferred from Public Affairs, is also put on the case. She has no street experience, and Bruno carries the extra burden of watching her back--a tough assignment made tougher by personal attraction.
As Bruno gets deeper and deeper into the corruption, he doesn't know whom to trust, and in the end, confides in the wrong person.