Ronnie Shaw has teamed up with D.A. Grady. It’s not the first time they have collaborated, check out Dark Tales, published by Annie Acorn press.
As a team, they retell their cop stories over the campfire. Ronnie was a copper on the East Coast in a big city, and Grady worked on the West coast in a small town.
These guys know how to tell a yarn, and between the two of them, they expose the police force. The opening essay by Grady laments on how in the good old days, a police officer was respected when he pointed a shotgun at the villains. Not these days, he said, the villains just shoot, and then run.
Fixing fences might not be Ronnie’s cup of bush tea, but for the first time in his life, he’s under the stars, and he thinks he could really get into this kind of lifestyle. But you know he’s not cut out for ranching, and adventures are calling him from the big smoke. The tedious and boring work of mending fences in Shit Ville isn’t’ what Ronnie calls fun. And his butt is hurting from a hard days riding.
The first night under the stars, Ronnie dreams of home and the tender kisses of his wife, while the campfire is keeping them warm. Grady’s dog barks, and wakes him up, and Ronnie sees a coyote bolting for its life. Ronnie just hopes the coyote is a female.
The next yarn is about Zano, the decorated war hero and German Shepherd, who under the call of duty, finds a local drunk hidden in the bushes and nearly bights off his leg. Grady tells his partner to back off and takes the drunk back to the station to dry off. He just hopes the drunk doesn’t move in the car, because his dog will bight him again. In the cell, Zano and the drunk are the best of friends. Two weeks later, the drunk was found dead at the bottom of a bridge.
There’s empathy and heartaches in this book too.
Ronnie lost a nephew in the police force. He has written about him in his autobiographical book, Transmutation. It’s not a job for the faint hearted and there will be tragedies. But this book transcends the pain of Ronnie’s loss, which makes it even the more poignant. He’s not alone, as fellow copper Grady writes about his time in the police force. Together, they are busting balls.
Will Willie the Gorilla who has escaped from from the Zoo cause havoc in Atlanta City? Pull out the marshmallows and kick up your legs, and read the Around the Camp Fire. This is good old fashion story telling at its best.