Benefit of the Doubt by Neal Griffin is a debut crime novel about a disgraced big-city cop who learns his tiny hometown is no safe haven from corruption (available May 12, 2015).
This gritty debut novel from a former law-enforcement officer is a hard-hitting look at police corruption in small-town America, laced with an impressive amount of insider information on police work, mentality and culture. Our hero, Ben Sawyer, was a hot-shot Oakland PD sergeant, until a moment of violent madness nearly cost him everything:
[The gangbanger]'s hands came off the [other] cop's gun and went high over his head in a clear display of unconditional surrender. His eyes filled with terror as he looked awkwardly toward the gun that was still poised at the side of his head. His expression said it all. Hector knew [Ben] would not hesitate to kill him.
It could have ended there, and if it had, Ben figured he would have received a commendation for lifesaving. Hell, not only for saving the cop, but he even managed to keep Hector alive. Avoiding an officer-involved shooting always gave the department brass something to brag about. Yep. It could have been a great day for the Sawyer legacy. A hell of a war story for the locker room: how Sawyer almost performed a gangbanger street execution with his forty-cal. But it didn't end there. Sawyer was just getting started.
[Since Ben didn't stop there, neither does the story...]