Surreal Times Boggle The Mind – Feel Like Hiding?

Here’s a little summary of recent events that relentlessly assault one’s mind and spirit, making it far too much to feel like doing anything other than hiding at home:

1)  Another terrorist attack occurs within our borders, killing three and injuring scores at the Boston Marathon.  I can tell you that some of those injured will suffer lifelong disabilities because of the shrapnel  (ball bearings, nails).  The authorities, despite the proliferation of Orwell-style surveillance cameras in America’s cities, are without leads and have made no arrests.

2)  English leftists engage in drunken street celebrations of Margaret Thatcher’s death.

3)  The Benghazi massacre of 9/11/12 goes uninvestigated by the U.S. Congress.  Speaker of the House John Boehner says there’s not enough money to launch an investigation.  (Prediction:  We’ll never find out where either Mrs Clinton or Mr. Obama was during the hours-long attack on our embassy.  It’s not polite conversation.)

4)  Since Barack Obama took office and increasingly onerous federal regulations have kicked in, record numbers of America’s physicians are being forced into bankruptcies.

5)  Been to the grocery store lately?  Do you believe what the federal government is telling you about price increases?


About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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