Hello Bloggers/Readers, as you all know I have released my second book “The Complex” and I am now sending out information regarding my career in Law Enforcement and how it impacted the writing of my novel.
Turf wars between the FBI, local, and state law enforcement have become legendary and movies have even depicted the issues and strife that occurs. What is often forgotten, however, is just how serious the lack of cooperation really is and how it can ultimately lead to innocent people being killed. After 9-11, the Department of Homeland Security was created in part to foster in a new era of cooperation between agencies. Whether or not the department has actually met its goals is debatable, especially since some Law Enforcement Agencies were not included in this process and should have been. It makes the DHS a lion without some teeth!!
In my novel, The Complex, I offer an interesting perspective on just how often petty squabbles between law enforcement agents sometimes spiral out of control. While the book is a fictionalized account of four effective agents who’ve been reduced to a random variable within the system, it can’t simply be dismissed as mere fiction. Before I became an author, I was the special agent in charge at the Secret Service office in Arizona. Because of this experience, I am able to offer authentic insights about how trust sometimes breaks down and law enforcement becomes ineffective.
In the book, the four agents uncover a conspiracy while attending a seminar in Dallas. At first, these agents are seemingly unable to make any headway with their investigation as they’re stonewalled at every turn by various agencies within the government. The Complex, which is the name of the building where the seminar is held, is ironically designed to improve inter-agency communications. Instead, as the heroes of the book discover, the expanded powers afforded to federal agencies after 9-11 may be used for something else entirely. That is the nightmarish aspect of The Complex. What happens when agents with vast amounts of unchecked power uses the privileges afforded to them in ways average Americans could never fathom?
Ultimately, the message of The Complex is that the only way to combat law enforcement abuses is with good men and women from agencies – local, state, and federal – having the courage to call out corrupt officials. While The Complex is a cleverly written fiction novel, it also effectively shows readers why inter-agency cooperation is important and why it can’t simply be purchased with a larger budget.