Ball, John: Police Chief
Title: Police Chief
Author: Ball, John
Artist: Admagna Marketing
Publisher: Paper Jacks
Copyright: John Ball, 1977
Published: First Paper Jacks printing January 1985; Second Printing, May 1986
Synopsis: A couple of crooks try to rob a gun store in Pasadena; a silent alarm alerts the police and within minutes Police Sergeant Jack Tallon is on the scene with a SWAT team and other police. The crooks refuse to come out and the SWAT team will have to deal with the situation. That meant blood – there was hardly any way out. And not nice neat dying, the way they did it on TV. It would be masses of blood, pieces of torn flesh, brains oozing out of skulls of what had just been living men – perhaps policemen who had been there only because it had been their duty.
This, with at the same time and on his wedding anniversary, two bad traffic accidents with multiple S-5s (dead people) and Lieutenant Bird in hospital with gunshot wounds finally convince Tallon that he is mortal. He has thought of getting out, and this might be the time to do it. He responds to an ad in the police magazine for a police chief for the city of Whitewater, Washington (pop. 8,500) and gets the job.
So much for the quiet life. Whitewater’s first major crimes in years – a series of vicious rapes – take place within days of Tallon assuming office. Worse, rumors start that the perp is the Chief himself. The rumor doesn’t die, but the Chief and his officers, with the help of the mayor and city manager and others, catch the rapist.
Ball obviously has tremendous respect and liking for the police. He is the author of IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT; he is very knowledgeable about police procedures and this makes his stories eminently readable.