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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
In Locker 32 by Gregory L. Baltad, rookie police officer Brian O’Callahan asks to be assigned to the notorious 77th division of the LA police department because it is where he thinks he will feel at home. Needing to prove something, whether to himself or others, O’Callahan arrives just in time for some serious action going down and finds himself right in the middle of it all. Between gangs and cowardly police officials who run off to relatives higher up in the ranks, O’Callahan is constantly getting into trouble that earns him a reputation. An interesting aspect to O’Callahan’s assignment to the 77th is the seeming presence of the spirit of an officer, Danny Lugo, killed in the line of duty 10 years earlier. Assigned Lugo’s locker, number 32, by the dead man’s former partner, O’Callahan is just the latest officer to experience strange things in the locker room. Is this presence a guardian angel or something more sinister trying to sabotage O’Callahan’s job or even ruin his life?
New author Gregory L. Baltad has hit it out of the park with this fantastic crime/police novel with a twist of paranormal intervention. Locker 32 is riveting as you follow the characters through their days on the job and the investigations as well as the lives of the neighborhood residents that bring the action to an intense climax. Written based on Baltad’s own personal experience, Locker 32 puts you right into the nitty gritty of crime prevention and detection, wondering who is going to come out alive. Realistic dialogue and fantastic action move a well-conceived plot along to the point that it is hard to put the book down. Excellent story and well written. This is definitely a must-read for police action fans who appreciate a little something extra.