Locker 32

Fiction - Crime
366 Pages
Reviewed on 08/24/2018
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Author Biography

Born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles, author Gregory Baltad joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1981. Soon he found himself walking “the beat” in tough South-Central Los Angeles. His tenure encompassed the ’92 riots, the ’94 earthquake, O.J., 9/11 and more.
In 2008, after twenty-seven years with the department and his two sons grown, then-Lieutenant Baltad and his wife, Meg, moved to Bedford, Virginia. There he found employment working with at risk youth and later as a National Park Ranger on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Always an avid outdoorsman Greg has since found time and energy to thru-hike the 2660-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada and backpack much of the Appalachian Trail. His most recent adventure was a 4,000-mile, coast to coast, bicycle ride from Astoria, Oregon, to Yorktown, Virginia.
Greg has for now settled down to, as his mother, a staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times, once suggested “Write all this down.”

    Book Review

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.