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Book Review: Black, White, and Gray All Over: A Black Man's Odyssey in Life and Law Enforcement



Black, White, and Gray All Over was written by Frederick Reynolds and published by Mindstir Media in 2021. You can purchase it at Amazon/Kindle, and you can visit the author on Amazon and on social media.


Reynolds covers just about every aspect of crime, from the streets to dirty cops. This is a "ride along" like no other. It's a must read!


Born into a family of poor sharecroppers from rural Virginia, Fred Reynolds' life was destined to be difficult from the very beginning. Seeking a better life and more gainful employment, his parents packed up and moved to the upper mid-west, eventually ending up in Detroit, Michigan. This is where Reynolds would now have to fit in and just as many black youths did from the 1960s- it involved being immersed in crime; a culture riddled with prostitution, robberies, drugs and shootouts. Frederick Reynolds found himself behind bars on several occasions but with a determination to eventually break from his bad unlawful habits, he sought honorable work and it all began with enrollment into the military. After his service to our country, he needed to support a growing family and applied to be a police officer. It was an unlikely career path for someone with a criminal past like he had but he pursued it and soon he was a member of Compton, California Police Department- serving in one of the most dangerous cities in America in the 1980's. It was a traumatic and highly demanding job, stressing his family and personal life, but Reynolds' rose up through the ranks and eventually became a detective. He went on to win commendations and awards and ended his career as being a success as both a law enforcement officer and a caring human being.


In today's society being a cop is an occupation overwhelmed with stress and danger, but it is rare that a police officer would share his experiences with us, especially going deep into the stories that define their career, which Fred Reynolds courageously does in this book. He covers just about every aspect of crime, from the streets to dirty cops and political corruption. He doesn't hold back. This is a ride along like no other. It's a must read!


I give Black, White, and Gray All Over 5 out of 5 stars.


Frederick Reynolds is a scheduled guest on The Writers Lounge Blog Talk Radio Show #108 on February 7, 2022

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