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Sergeant Mitchell Grobeson was the Los Angeles Police Department’s first openly gay police officer. Following the publicity from his groundbreaking lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department’s discriminatory practices, Mitchell Grobeson created the first formal support group for Southern California gay and lesbian law enforcement, fire, rescue and paramedic professionals. He also formed and hosted the first Statewide and National conference of gay officers in California.

 

His first novel, “Outside the Badge,” tells the story of a serial killer hunting the streets of Los Angeles.  According to Jack Connolly, “That some members of the LAPD could use a good spanking is no secret; allegations of abuse within and outside the Los Angeles Police Department have been surfacing for years. In Outside the Badge, former LAPD Police Officer Mitchell Grobeson (who sued the department for discrimination--and won) takes actual events to weave a fictionalized account of a cop under siege--from the streets and from his own department. Grobeson obviously knows his territory. Those with a cop fetish will enjoy his authentic voice and his attention to police procedure. And the unconventional cover image of him as a hunky bare-chested hustler will surely win him fans. But his gritty tale is not for the faint-hearted: the descriptions of the doomed hustlers--mostly runaways--are heartbreaking, and the torture scenes are cold and graphic.”

 


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One reader of Outside the Badge Said, “Mitchell Grobeson's novel is truly overwhelming not only due to the storylines, but due to the immense volume of information and detail he provides. At times, it was distracting, trying to follow all the policies, politics, and events he portrayed, and I was hard-pressed to understand where these details fit in with the story. But when I was finished, I realized that it all added to the overall story of what a gay officer would face in the force. As Mr. Grobeson himself stated, he's not a writer; he's a story-teller. And I might add . . . a good one at that.

The novel follows two story lines for the majority of the book, until the end when the two collide. And I do mean collide. The first follows Steve Cainen, a LAPD officer who has been suffering harassment from most of the department due to rumors that he is gay. Despite receiving no back-up on tough calls, and finding harassing notes on his locker and personal vehicle, Steve still tries to serve the people of LA to the best of his ability. And he usually succeeds. The second follows a psychopath (and his cohorts) as he embarks on a self-imposed crusade to rid LA of all the gay hustlers and the AIDS epidemic he claims they bring. We receive a clear description of each victim, showing where they came from and why they're on the street. Seeing the victims' "bios" just makes their ultimate end that much harder to take. When the two stories collide, and Steve meets the psycho, it is truly a clash of good against evil.

Even more than these main story lines, however, I truly loved reading Mr. Grobeson's descriptions of Steve's life as a cop. Through his interactions with the local citizens, whether it be at a Neighborhood Watch meeting, handling gang members, or giving a talk to kids about saying NO to drugs, you can see a real caring attitude and sincerity in the belief that a police officer can help his/her community. And despite this being fiction, it does have a awesome dose of reality. For instance, getting gang members to paint over graffiti was tried by my dad and the local National Guard in a community out West with very similar positive results. Grobeson knows what he's talking about. The struggle our hero went through, trying to reconcile his love for being a cop, with feeling useless due to politics beyond his control was very strong. Overall, it painted a picture of a man that does have a story to tell. I'd love to sit down with the author and find out more about what it was really like out there, but for now, I'll just take this book and enjoy what he has given us here.

One final word of WARNING: Although I truly did enjoy this book, the reader should know there are some very graphic torture scenes in this book. It is not for the faint-hearted, so consider this when purchasing the book.”

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