THE BLUESUIT CHRONICLES
John Hansen Historical Crime Fiction Novels
"I am an avid reader of John Hansen's books about Bellevue Police. My interest is enhanced because I worked with John at the police department for years. In fact, at one point John pulled me out of a very serious altercation where I was highly at risk. John's ability to write and keep his readers engaged is superior. You're right there in virtually every part of the action in every incident. His ability to build characters based on the real officers is excellent. I retired as a chief of police and have strongly encouraged John to keep writing. I'll be his first customer for each book. These are well worth your time and investment."
Bill Cooper, Chief of Police (Ret.)
“Received it (book 4) Wed. Already done reading it. Couldn’t help myself. Was only going to read a couple of chapters and save the rest for my upcoming camping trip. LOL. 3 hours later book finished. Love it. 2 Thumbs Up!!!
“John- Just finished your first installment of the The Bluesuit Chronicles. Enjoyed it immensely! You are a gifted writer that puts the reader right on the scene, and not always safely out of harm’s way. Am in the midst of two other books. Yours was easy to pick up, but difficult to put down. As busy as I have been, it was fortunate that I could easily pick up right where I left off without needing to reread past pages. It is a tribute to your style of ever-changing, but connected scenes. I appreciate your style, and truly enjoyed the book. Have always liked a look-back at transitional times in history with a thoughtful perspective of the impact of the period. You framed it well in your Foreword and Author's Note. I like to learn from the books that I read, and that I have done with yours. Further, both the action and the drama are told in compelling style, and intertwined expertly to bring the reader down from the adrenaline of the chase. Add to that my personal interest in the topic and era, and I have a complete package, and certainly one that left me hungry for more. “
“I wish there were more chapters, John. I could not put it down. Not only was it very well written but I began to imagine not only what I would do but how that moment in police work would cope with the different times. Can't wait until the next one.”
“John Hansen's way of telling a story takes you ‘along for the ride’.” Fully a man of honor, he can describe the tough job, a man's personal thoughts and the seedy side of life equally, making you want more!”
“An exciting read, riveting action, romance and moving scenes. It took me back to the Bellevue I knew in the ‘good old days.’ Impossible to put down.”
‘I so strongly related to The War Comes Home that I read it in a single sitting. The descriptions of the police back then, traditional eight-point billed hats and billy clubs, their interactions with each other and the people they protected brought back wonderful memories. I especially related to the action scenes – I felt like I was really there. My only question is – when can I get my hands on the next book?”
"Very well written, flows well. I found this book very entertaining and am looking forward to the next Volume. Having lived in the area where it is portrayed, I was able to visualize some of the incident and locations and my curiosity is peaked for the next installment."
"From the minute I started reading The War Comes Home, I couldn’t put it down. I was captivated by the balance of action and drama that John Hansen expertly weaves throughout this fast paced historical fiction. I’m looking forward to reading the next one."
Valley of Long Shadows (A continuing saga of a Police Agency in the late 60's/early 70's)
By Walks Alone
"This is a great read for anyone, and a necessity for someone who is interested in personal, political and social changes in the late 60's and early 70's. This is Book 3 of (at this time) 4 books, and can stand by itself, but they should be read in order. Police officers from that era, including myself, find themselves in this book, no matter what law enforcement agency they come from, and will recognize the characters, since every Department has members like those portrayed here. The specific information is fiction based on truth, the author loosely used incidents that occurred within his Department and other nearby agencies.
The main character, and others described in the book, came to the Department from the military, in a time of social upheaval when people often interacted in negative ways with both of those professions. The author accurately describes the character's reactions to those behaviors in a way that was familiar to all of us with similar backgrounds. The character also realistically reacted, and sometimes did not react, out of naivete, to the political manipulation and backstabbing that often occurs in governmental and political organizations.
Overall, these books are easy to read and interesting to those who just want to something to pass the time, or those who are interested in the police profession as it relates to the social and political changes of that era. I highly recommend this and the preceding two books, and I just purchased the 4th book.
"This is a great read!"
"..best so far in the series...has good insight from a police officer's point of view during dangerous and trying situations...shows both professional and personal emotions...looking forward to the next book..."
"You will be happy you did!"
John has introduced a series of books detailing policing in the 70's at the Bellevue, WA Police Department. I worked with John at the department for many years and he is a gifted writer who is memorializing law enforcement as it was then - he's right on, and the manner in which he tells the stories will keep the reader engaged throughout each book. One book leads to another and I've told John he needs to keep right on writing.
"Potential readers - these books are a must-have for your library and are a must-read. You will be happy you did."
"Excellent progressive series - depicting real life. Five Stars."
(The New Darkness) “As expected, Hansen doesn't disappoint his readers. The action starts right away, holding attention with the interesting characters all through the book. His resolve of many unexpected situations leaves us wanting more.”
By Marie G.
(The New Darkness) “Great book that really gets into the minds of officers who went through the growing pains of that era. As a police officer who worked briefly with John during that era, it brought back a lot of memories of serving during that time. It is pretty darn accurate.”
By Jim Hassinger "jimgramps" on July 30, 2015
By E.M. Hammond on The New Darkness.