"The Execution of Justice" by Michael Phelps is an extremely realistic police story. Having spent my entire life in and around law enforcement, I was very impressed with the authenticity of this story. For a work of fiction, it comes across as very real. We follow Detective Mike Walsh through his first year as a homicide detective and see how the career move impacts his professional and personal life. I grew to know and like these characters.
several interesting quirks in this novel that I grew to enjoy as the story
progressed. I won't spoil it by stating them, but I think you'll notice as you
read. Certain details are included regularly that I first found unusual until I
figured out that they were laying a groundwork. They're expanding the
characterization. They add a realism that I found well done. Read this book all
the way to the end, and I think you'll enjoy it.
This isn't a shoot-em-up
thriller. It's the real life of a police officer. Much of the book is spent
behind a desk and many of the overtime hours are spent pounding the pavement
just like in real police work. This is an excellent debut novel, and I look
forward to more work by Michael Phelps. "The Execution of Justice" was worth the
The Execution of Justice