10-33 Assist PC – Desmond P. Ryan

D/C Mike O’Shea, a young cop with a knack for working hard and following hunches, is on the verge of cracking a prostitution ring when an undercover from another unit burns him. With only days left before their pimps shuttle the girls out of the country, Mike pushes his team into overdrive. Hours later, with too little information, sleep, or luck, the unthinkable happens.

And now, the chase is personal.

In the first of the Mike O’Shea Crime Fiction Series, 10-33 Assist PC draws us into the dirty world of human trafficking through the eyes of the cops who put their lives on the line every day to shut it down. Written by a Real Detective, 10-33 Assist PC is the story of a cop who must decide how to move forward without forgetting the past.



My review

Everybody can create a crime book by doing the research that is needed, but being able to read one written by a man who has seen and lived it all, is quite different and I was looking forward to dive into the story.

I have to admit it took me a little while to get the feel of it and I have to say I have mixed emotions after finishing it. There were parts that really had me captivated and others that I found hard to believe. I don’t know anything about how the police works, but I had an inkling that certain things would not be handled like this in real life. I know it’s fiction but I had expected, especially because of the author’s background, that it would be more real.

I enjoyed the humour in the story and I do understand that jokes are necessary to keep the officers sane. On the other hand to me it seemed that the timing of the jokes was not always appropriate and that there was time wasted.

Overall the story was good but I felt that more could have been done with it.  There was suspense but the ending was not what I had expected. Maybe the next book will shine a light on what I missed at the moment?

I was not really wowed, but I am sure other people will have a different opinion. 3,5 stars.

Thank you, Desmond P. Ryan and Baker’s Blog Tours and Promo.


About the author

Very few books give you the real crime experience because even fewer authors have it.

Desmond P. Ryan has it.

For almost thirty years, he worked the back alleys, poorly-lit laneways, and forgotten neighbourhoods in the city where he grew up. Murder often most unkind, assaults on a level that defied humanity, and sexual violations intended to demean, shame, and haunt the victims were all in a day’s work. Days, evenings, midnights–all the same. Crime knows no time.

Exhilarating. Exhausting. Often heartbreaking.

Whether as a beat cop or a plainclothes detective, Desmond Ryan dealt with good people who did bad things and bad people who followed their instincts. He wrote thousands of reports describing their lives, the places they lived, and the things they did. He investigated their crimes and wrote detailed accounts of the activities that brought him into their world. Detective Ryan also held victims as they wept, talked desperate people off of ledges, and sat beside the decomposing bodies of men and women who, in life, had been discarded and long-forgotten by society.

Now, as a retired detective with three decades of research opportunities under his belt, Desmond Ryan write crime fiction.


Because he wants to tell you a story like no other. Because he wants to bring you inside a world that will both fascinate you and challenge what you thought you knew about human nature. Because he wants to seamlessly weave truth and fiction together to create a place for you where the Good Guys ultimately win.

And because you deserve to have the most authentic crime fiction experience every time you pick up one of Desmond Ryan’s books.