John Hansen Historical Crime Fiction Novels
"Small Town USA vs The Powers that Be" is the driving theme of The Bluesuit Chronicles. These aren't novels in the traditional sense of a predictable, formulaic rebellion-ruin-restoration arc. Based on actual events, and the author's personal experiences as a police officer in the same time and setting of the series gives readers a strong ring of authenticity to the award-winning series.
The setting is a small town that became a big town almost overnight, and its small police department encounters unprecedented opposition on every level as it struggles to meet the demands of becoming a larger agency almost overnight, during America’s most troubling times since the Civil War.
Readers Beware! Don't expect tidy endings in this series. As in real life, there are some good endings, but the police officers and detectives don’t solve every crime. Though they try their best; sometimes the bad guys slip through the cracks. Maybe the cops will get another shot at bringing them to justice, maybe not. Either way, in real-life police work, there is conflict going on constantly, on all levels; on the streets, within the department, within city hall. Not all issues are resolved, not every hidden agenda is found out.
The publication of this series just ahead of the recent wave of hateful rhetoric and ambushes of police officers in the 21st Century couldn’t be more timely. It is my sincere hope that the true portrayal of officers in The Bluesuit Chronicles will help deflect the tide of hate and scorn and restore respect.
One of my goals in writing this series is to credit the Vietnam-era generation of police officers in the suburbs who did as much to hold the line as their brothers in the big cities did. Another goal is to introduce readers, through solid, informative writing based on the actual experiences of myself and those I served with, to the inner workings of police work in a culturally and politically hostile environment. Through fictional characters the series portrays what police officers do, what makes us tick, what we go through, and why the old saying is so true—and I know it is equally true of war veterans--“Once a cop, always a cop.”
Crime, corruption and conspiracy abound and overlap in The Bluesuit Chronicles. A new generation of young police officers fights to hold the line.It is 1970, and the handwriting is on the wall: the war effort in Vietnam is winding down to an inevitable and humiliating loss to communist forces. Veterans begin coming home in large waves, to find their country changed while they were away, fighting for freedom. In the coming decade, America will be rocked by economic, political, military, religious and cultural scandals. Unlike any other time in history except for the post Civil War era, violent crime, murder, robbery and rape skyrocket. Betrayal and scandal prevails in every sphere of American life, time-honored cultural mores and values are openly scorned and mocked, drug abuse of every kind is glorified and encouraged by celebrities, well known public figures, trusted media personalities, resulting in heavy devastation of the Baby-Boom generation.
Whenever the world starts falling apart, there are always those who hold the line for others, no matter what. So it was with the new officers of the Baby Boom generation, who returned from Vietnam and became police officers, manning the 'thin blue line' as generations before them did, except this time they go from being called 'baby killers' by the Left to being called 'pigs' by the same people, yet they continue to serve and protect the deserving and undeserving alike.
The Bluesuit Chronicles is 'historically correct,' set in the political, social and economic backdrop of the 1970s. The characters become more developed with each book as the series progresses. Every book leads to the next, yet each is written to stand by itself as a solid, satisfying story that leaves readers feeling good and wanting to read again. Many readers buy and read the electronic version and buy the printed versions for their home libraries. Highly recommended by a growing readership, currently rating 4.8 stars out of 5 at Amazon.
Book One: Crime, conspiracy and corruption stalk the city.
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Rotating to day shift usually meant a slower pace. Not this time. Hitchcock and his squad run headlong into industrial espionage, normal citizens becoming desperate, more drugs and drug dealers on the streets.
A pair of cop-killers pass through town after escaping from a Deep South prison.