Publisher:Gale Cengage – Five Star
Publication Date:May 2011
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Can a rookie cop survive the men who cross her path in the NYPD?
When a psychic in a shopping mall tells Rita Del Vecchio that she is “destined for greatness,” and she will “marry a man in uniform,” the restless, wet-behind-the-ears, 22 year-old decides to finally take control of her life. Rita sets out on a quest to become a New York City Police Officer. But can a spry, feisty, single woman thrive in the gritty world of New York’s Finest?
Leaving behind the suburbs of New Jersey and a job as an under-tipped waitress, Rita Del Vecchio hangs up her apron and ballet slippers for a bullet-proof vest. But will she wear it? And if she does, will it protect her on the mean streets of Manhattan? Can it also protect her from Cupid’s arrows if they should land amiss?
Rita is assigned to the New York City Transit Police Squad and gets more than she bargained for. Riding the Lexington Avenue Subway Line, Rita winds up meeting not one man in uniform, but many. Whom will she love?
In Transit is a woman-in-jeopardy story that delves into the ordinary lives of NYPD career cops and how their fates are often determined by people who hold secrets as dark and as labyrinth-like as the New York City Subway System.
Kathleen Gerard writes across genres. Her fiction has been awarded The Perillo Prize, The Eric Hoffer Prose Award and was nominated for Best New American Voices, all national prizes in literature. Her prose and poetry have been widely published in magazines, literary journals, anthologies and broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR). Several of her plays have been staged and performed regionally and off-Broadway.
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I’ve never been to New York, but wow! I have now! At least, I can say I have been to New York through the FANTASTIC writing skills of Kathleen Gerard! She really did a great job writing this novel. I LOVED it!
Rita’s character really pulled me into the heart of the story. Her story of going from waitress to transit cop was phenomenal. Dealing with trying to worm out bad cops from the good cops was an intense time. Seeing Rita deal with that, all the while falling in love with Billy, a guy who completely changes his ways when him and Rita seal the deal. It’s a true case of bad verses evil when IA get involved. That’s where the twists and turns REALLY kick off, and from there, you’ll be taking on a roller coaster of ups, downs, ins and outs as you follow Rita and become her partner.
I highly, highly recommend this novel to everyone. Whether you are an action packed novel lover, a romantic novel lover, or a thrilling suspense novel lover, you will find something in this incredibly well written novel. Five stars to a GREAT summer read that will leave your heart pounding and your breath gasping!