RARA-AVIS: Gina Gallo

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 05 Sep 2002

Gina Gallo, the daughter of a tough Chicago cop, followed her father's footsteps as a uniformed beat officer on the streets of the Windy City. When injuries forced her to end her police career, she began to write. She started selling short pieces to the late, lamented BLUE MURDER, the publisher of which, David Firks, unexpectedly turned out to be an old childhood friend.

Blue Murder Press published her first book, CRIME SCENES, a collection of short stories, all based on fact, about what police work is like in Chicago. She followed the up with ARMED AND DANGEROUS, a non-fiction autobiography about her career in law enforcement. Both books are still available on Amazon and other on-line bookstores.

Gina's writing is tough and sharp, strongly reminiscent of the pulp-writers of the '30s, but with a 21st Century viewpoint. If you like short fiction, CRIME SCENES is one of the best single-author collections of cop stories I've ever read.


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