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Captain Connie Dial, LAPD (ret.) “is a graduate of Citrus Jr. College (AA); California State University at Los Angeles (BA); the University of West Los Angeles (JD); FBI National Academy; LAPD’s Command Development school and The Supervisory Leadership Institute. Prior to her career in law enforcement, she was a journalist who worked as a reporter and photographer for a chain of newspapers in the San Gabriel Valley and later as an editor for a trade magazine. She briefly wrote news for a local television station. She graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA and is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates; the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the California Police Officers Association; and a lifetime member of the California Narcotic Officers Association. She serves on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Police Relief Association and on the Los Angeles Police Relief and Assistance Foundation board.”  Captain Connie Dial is the author of Internal Affairs.

Kirkus reviews said of Internal Affairs, “LAPD veteran Dial s debut uncovers a web of sex, narcotics and blackmail in the law-enforcement hierarchy. When a pretty young cop turns up dead in the trunk of a car outside the LAPD deputy chief’s home, Sgt. Mike Turner of Internal Affairs quickly discovers that the two were having an affair. Indeed, Jim McGann wasn’t Alexandra Williams s only lover by a long shot. Turner s peregrinations into the seedy lives of officers and civilians connected to Williams reveal that she was cop by day, party girl by night, and was further involved in a venture that for a fee introduced policemen to women. Reluctance on the administration s part to look too closely into a senior officer s indiscretions or to expose its shortcomings to the media impedes Turner. Despite orders that he concentrate on his internal-affairs investigation rather than the homicide itself, he steps out of bounds to track shadowy personalities who sketch for him a circle of prostitution, widespread drug abuse and blackmail within the department. It becomes clear that his case isn’t going to have the cut-and-dried solution demanded by his superiors; Turner must step carefully as he inches ever closer to the killer. Making good fictional use of her experience, the author also comfortably fulfills the requirements of noir tradition, wielding meat-fisted phrases as a brandy-soaked Turner prowls the Hollywood underworld. He s forced into deviance and deception to evade detection by ill-intending agents, who may include powerful members of the LAPD hierarchy. Jaded by department politics and scarred by the loss of a former partner, Turner takes a gamble that may well destroy his career and his relationship with a fellow cop. The mystery and its solution aren’t as compelling as the drawn-from-life office politics and procedures. Those, in turn, are more realistic than the burnt-out cops, jive-talking pimps and other cliché characters that are merely par for the course in this landscape.”

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Publisher’s Weekly said of said of Internal Affairs, “Dial, a former LAPD Hollywood Division commanding officer, puts 27 years of experience and a lot of heart into her gritty, sporadically powerful debut. Sgt. Mike Turner, a principled cop working in Internal Affairs, thinks he's lost his fire for the job as he begins to investigate the sensitive case of a female officer found stabbed to death in a police car parked in a deputy chief's driveway. Turner enters a maelstrom of incompetence, indiscriminate sex, and major backstabbing among his colleagues, most jockeying for promotion, like his live-in lover, Lt. Paula Toscano. Like Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe, Turner walks L.A.'s mean streets as a man of honor, doing the right thing in an organization that rewards the weak and destroys the strong. Awkward point-of-view shifts, stereotypical minor characters and a tendency to overdo perversions mark this as an apprentice work, but Dial's realistic, often poignant portrayal of police work make her a crime writer to watch.”

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