Friday, September 25, 2015

The Right Wrong Thing By: Ellen Kirschman Book Review + Video + Giveaway

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The Right Wrong Thing (Dot Meyerhoff Mystery) Hardcover – October 6, 2015

  • Series: Dot Meyerhoff Mystery
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
  •  (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English

The Right Wrong Thing is a novel in the thriller/mystery genre. 

The author, Ellen Kirschman, has been a police psychologist for more than thirty years. Ellen Kirschman Ph.D is a clinical psychologist in independent practice. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Society for the Study of Police and Criminal Psychology,  the American Psychological Association, and the International Association of Women in Law Enforcement. She is the recipient of the California Psychological Association's 2014 award for distinguished contribution to psychology as well as the American Psychological Association's 2010 award for outstanding contribution to the practice of police and public safety psychology.

She is the author of the nonfiction books I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know,I Love a Fire Fighter: What the Family Needs to Know, and Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know, and Burying Ben, the first Dot Meyerhoff mystery. In this second novel,The Right Wrong Thing, Ellen offers insight into the stresses of being in law enforcement, and the rarely discussed, Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder, now associated with the job. While never condoning police brutality, the author is steadfast in her belief that, with very rare exception, people go into police work intent upon helping others. The issues of PTSD, fear while on the job, and the recent instances of hair-trigger reaction and brutality intertwined into this novel, make it's subject matter very timely. In law enforcement, hesitate or respond—either choice can spell disaster.


The storyline...

Officer Randy Spelling had always wanted to be a police officer, to follow in the footsteps of her brothers and her father. Not long after joining the force, she mistakenly shoots and kills Lakeisha Gibbs, a pregnant teenager. The community is outraged; Lakeisha’s family is vocal and vicious in their attacks against Spelling.  Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and filled with remorse, Randy is desperate to apologize to the girl’s family.  Everyone, including the police chief, warns her against this, but the young police officer will not be dissuaded.  Her attempt is catastrophic. Dr. Dot Meyerhoff, police psychologist, plunges herself into the investigation despite orders from the police chief to back off. Not only does the psychologist’s refusal to obey orders jeopardize her career, but her life as well, as she enlists unlikely allies and unconventional undercover work to expose the tangled net of Officer Spelling’s disastrous course. 


The buzz...

Those looking for a meaningful story forged against the backdrop of a relevant social construct will enjoy going on this adventure.

Artful writing ensures a smooth and well-paced reading experience. Two examples: “as the commute traffic melts into the airport traffic” and “enormous mortgages precariously balanced on the undulating waves of an uncertain economy.”

Small victories have been won for women in the male-dominated world of police work, but it is still largely powered by men. The Right Wrong Thing is brilliantly written with this dynamic in mind. Those looking for a meaningful story forged against the backdrop of a relevant social construct will enjoy going on this adventure with Randy and Meyerhoff. Not only is this a compelling read, but it is profoundly realistic.
—ForeWord Reviews Magazine


“In Kirschman’s highly satisfying second novel featuring Dr. Dot Meyerhoff
(after 2013’s Burying Ben), the consulting psychologist endorses young Randy
Spelling’s emotional stability for service as a Kenilworth, Calif., police officer. Dot later attempts to help Randy through the guilt-ridden aftermath of a panic episode that indirectly injured Randy’s partner, who blames Randy for cowardice. Intense professional and personal problems ensue for the divorced 50ish Dot after Randy, back on duty, fatally shoots Lakeisha Gibbs, a pregnant teenager who Randy mistakenly thinks is drawing a weapon. Kirschman, herself a psychologist who has served as a police department consultant, perceptively treats complex racial, feminist, personal, and political issues while providing intimate knowledge of cops’ shop procedure. She also skewers self-serving superficial “Christian-based psychology” and neatly balances Dot’s psychological expertise with her warmhearted humanity….”
—Publishers Weekly



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