Walt Williams is bored with retirement life after having been a real estate agent, so decides he wants to join the police department in Lady Justice Takes a C.R.A.P. by Robert Thornhill. The police captain he consults, a friend of Walt’s, is perplexed about every to do with this senior citizen, but suggests he might try out for a civilian ride-along, but he would have to pass the same tests as everyone else, which Walt does by using cleverness. Paired with the giant police officer Ox, Walt starts out his new career with exemplary work. In his first day, he saves his partner from being held at gunpoint by dumping a tractor full of manure on him. As the pair begins to bond, female real estate agents start showing up dead, victims of vicious rape. The police department goes on high alert, and the real estate agencies get really alarmed.
But in the meantime, Walt continues in his duties while also living his life with his sweetheart Maggie, a fellow real estate agent. Standing out with his creative means of thinking that help solve cases, Walt uses his anonymity as a senior citizen to catch criminals. He has so much success that the Kansas City Police Department decides to turn Walt’s idea into a new program, the City Retiree Action Patrol (C.R.A.P.), of which Walt gets to be in charge.
The book is written in a fun way of telling a story, with the story coming across like a folk story. It goes back and forth between various cases, since even in the midst of a major case, crime keeps happening. The stories are full of humor and drama. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn’t put it down.
I enjoyed the Star Wars references in the book, as Walt often conjures up lines from the movies to inspire himself and give himself advice. This was especially fun for me, since I listened to this on Star Wars Day (May the Fourth). Further, the book has its own Yoda in the character of The Professor, who lives in the apartment building Walt owns and is always ready to offer advice in the form of Confucius-like sayings that fit each situation.
The choice of narrator for this book, George Kuch, fit perfectly! He sounds so much like the way I imagine Walt to be and is excellent at the folk style of his storytelling. I can’t imagine this special book with anyone else performing.
I highly enjoyed Lady Justice Takes a C.R.A.P. and recommend it for anyone who likes a good story and especially one with a mystery. The style and attitude of this book really delights, and I look forward to listening to the next nine books in the series! I give the book five stars!
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the author, but that in no way affected the content of my review.
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