Title: A Cop and a Con
Author: Diedre O’Dare
Publisher: Amber Allure
Pages/Word Count: 23000 Words
At a Glance: A Cop and a Con is well worth the read.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: When a cop and a newly released convict cross paths, few cons can expect anything but a cold shoulder and mistrust. Struggling back to the home he knows no longer exists, Ike Hernandez meets a cop who seems to be different. He isn’t sure he can believe the kindness he receives will continue. Still, he wants to learn to trust again and regain his lost self-respect.
Perry Parker became a law enforcement officer because he wanted to help people. He’d seen first-hand the results of poverty, alcohol and drug abuse, a crumbling economy and the insidious effects of peer pressure and bad examples on the youth. He’d watched hardship trickle down to crush the youngest and weakest. He found there was not a lot he could do, but now and then he discovered someone he could help. Would the lost man with the little dog that he picked up one bitter cold and stormy night be one of them?
Pursuing tales about a new drug dealer in his county, Perry starts to doubt the man he’s befriended, but he still feels Ike is a decent person. When the real dealers seek to take advantage of the convict’s past, it takes Perry and his unofficial canine partner and the little stray Ike had adopted to save the day. Can a cop, a con, and two dogs make an unorthodox family?
Review: Deirdre O’Dare has created a story with some danger, action, and a special warmth between, yes, a cop and a con. I was impressed with the development of the two MCs, Perry Parker and Ike Hernandez, and if Ms. O’Dare ever decided to make a series starring these two wonderful guys, and their faithful companions, I would definitely be a fan.
Perry, being a Deputy in Alamo County, likes his job and life in this small town. He opens his home and heart to Ike, without question, but Ike by no means takes advantage of Perry. He immediately seeks employment and strives to do good. There’s just something special between Perry and Ike when they first meet, and you can tell they belong together. I like that the relationship between them progresses slowly, and that they get to know each other.
It was heartbreaking when Perry took Ike to Esperanza, returning home after such a long time, only to find it no longer exists, leaving in its place poverty and drug trafficking. While Perry and Ike try to figure out their life, they are faced with doubt, tension and danger from an unknown drug dealer who starts causing problems.
I liked the supporting characters in this story as well, especially Dot and Sheriff Ben Harper. Even though they have short appearances, you immediately pick up on the feelings of comfort and support they share with Perry and Ike. And Badger and Rojo are two unlikely heroes, little creatures with personality!
I also found Deirdre O’Dare’s dedication at the beginning of the book heartwarming, and the Author’s Note explains her creative ideas for the town of Alamo County, Esperanza, and Riata, and how they came to be. A Cop and a Con is well worth the read!
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