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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Sticks and Stones: Amateur Sleuth Mystery Novel

The September 28, 2013 episode of American Heroes Radio features a conversation with law enforcement professional Liz Martinez the author of Sticks and Stones.

Program Date:  September 28, 2013
Program Time: 1500 hours, PACIFIC
Topic: Sticks and Stones: Amateur Sleuth Mystery Novel

About the Guest
Bettye Paige is the pen name for author Liz Martinez, who was an investigator for state agencies in both New York and Arizona, and who served as an Auxiliary Police Officer for the NYPD. She is an Organized Retail Crime expert and a retail security consultant as well as the author of the book "The Retail Manager's Guide to Crime and Loss Prevention." Liz has co-edited the anthologies "Indian Country Noir," "Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery," and "Cop Tales 2000." Her short stories have also appeared in the anthologies "Manhattan Noir" and "Queens Noir," as well as other venues. Liz Martinez’ new book is Sticks and Stones. 

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Sticks and Stones is an amateur-sleuth mystery novel about the underground sex trade in pre-9/11 New York City. Add in the Russian Mafiya, sex slaves, and a dead military officer who happens to be a client of the dominatrix heroine, and you have an explosive story that explores themes hidden from everyday view. The book includes the bonus short story "Prowling Wolves," about the Iwo Jima flag-raiser, Pima Indian Ira Hayes. "Sticks and Stones" is available in both paperbook and ebook formats.

About the Watering Hole

The Watering Hole is police slang for a location cops go off-duty to blow off steam and talk about work and life.  Sometimes funny; sometimes serious; but, always interesting.
About the Host
Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster was a sworn member of the Los Angeles Police Department for 24 years.  He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant.  He holds a bachelor’s from the Union Institute and University in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Financial Management from California State University, Fullerton; and, has completed his doctoral course work. Raymond E. Foster has been a part-time lecturer at California State University, Fullerton and Fresno; and is currently a Criminal Justice Department chair, faculty advisor and lecturer with the Union Institute and University.  He has experience teaching upper division courses in law enforcement, public policy, law enforcement technology and leadership.  Raymond is an experienced author who has published numerous articles in a wide range of venues including magazines such as Government Technology, Mobile Government, Airborne Law Enforcement Magazine, and Police One.  He has appeared on the History Channel and radio programs in the United States and Europe as subject matter expert in technological applications in law enforcement.

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Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA

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