THE BLUESUIT CHRONICLES
John Hansen Historical Crime Fiction Novels
Whenever the world starts falling apart, there are always those who hold the line for others, no matter what. So it was with the new officers of the Baby Boom generation, who returned from Vietnam and became police officers, manning the 'thin blue line' as generations before them did, except this time they go from being called 'baby killers' by the Left to being called 'pigs' by the same people, yet they continue to serve and protect the deserving and undeserving alike.
The Bluesuit Chronicles is 'historically correct,' set in the political, social and economic backdrop of the 1970s. The characters become more developed with each book as the series progresses. Every book leads to the next, yet each is written to stand by itself as a solid, satisfying story that leaves readers feeling good and wanting to read again. Many readers buy and read the electronic version and buy the printed versions for their home libraries. Highly recommended by a growing readership, currently rating 4.8 stars out of 5 at Amazon.
The books in The Bluesuit Chronicles are not novels in the traditional sense of a central plot that works its way in an arc from beginning to conclusion. As the title states, the series chronicles an era in police work. The setting is a small town that became a big town almost overnight, and its small police department encountered unprecedented opposition on every level as it struggled to meet the demands of becoming a larger agency almost overnight, during America’s most troubling times since the Civil War.
Please don’t expect tidy endings in this series. As in real life, there are some good endings, but the police officers and detectives don’t solve every crime. Though they try their best; sometimes the bad guys slip through the cracks. Maybe the cops will get another shot at bringing them to justice, maybe not. Either way, in real-life police work, there is conflict going on constantly, on all levels; on the streets, within the department, within city hall. Not all issues are resolved, not every hidden agenda is found out.
The publication of this series just ahead of the recent wave of hateful rhetoric and ambushes of police officers couldn’t be more timely. It is my sincere hope that the true portrayal of officers in The Bluesuit Chronicles will help deflect the tide of hate and scorn and restore respect.
One of my goals in writing this series is to credit the Vietnam-era generation of police officers in the suburbs who did as much to hold the line as their brothers in the big cities did. Another goal is to introduce readers, through solid, informative writing based on the actual experiences of myself and those I served with, to the inner workings of police work in a culturally and politically hostile environment. Through fictional characters the series portrays what police officers do, what makes us tick, what we go through, and why the old saying is so true—and I know it is equally true of war veterans--“Once a cop, always a cop.”
It is 1970, and the handwriting is on the wall: the war effort in Vietnam is winding down to an inevitable and humiliating loss to communist forces. Veterans begin coming home in large waves, to find their country changed while they were away, fighting for freedom. In the coming decade, America will be rocked by economic, political, military, religious and cultural scandals. Unlike any other time in history except for the post Civil War era, violent crime, murder, robbery and rape skyrocket. Betrayal and scandal prevails in every sphere of American life, time-honored cultural mores and values are openly scorned and mocked, drug abuse of every kind is glorified and encouraged by celebrities, well known public figures, trusted media personalities, resulting in heavy devastation of the Baby-Boom generation.