LIFE AFTER RUSSIAN ROULETTE
FIRST EDITION Discount Price $14.00 (signed) plus postage.
SECOND EDITION Discount Price $20.00 (signed) plus postage.
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The Second Edition has been removed from the market by me because of contract violations by the publisher. I am currently submitting book proposals to new publishing companies.
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Here is a VERY BRIEF Overview of the book if you are not aware of the story:
Somewhere in Heaven, Saint John of the Cross is both smiling and weeping. For “LIFE AFTER RUSSIAN ROULETTE” is the episodic exemplar of Saint John’s “Dark Night of the Soul”. First, there was “Serpico” and “Prince of the City”, fantastic cinematic accounts of the underbelly of police work. Next came HBO’S “The Wire”. In the golden age of television, it brought episodic grittiness to the crime drama – a kind of grounded hyper reality in scripted format. Now “LIFE AFTER RUSSIAN ROULETTE” ups the ante.
It is one-hundred percent biographical. It is a period piece. And it makes something like sex, drugs and rock n’ roll look quaint and tame. This is the inner character study and journey of “Apocalypse Now” meets “Oz”, meets “The Shield”, meets “Homicide: Life on the Streets”, meets “NYPD Blue”, meets “Breaking Bad”, meets “The Wire”.
“LIFE AFTER RUSSIAN ROULETTE” is a psychological thriller based on true accounts from the life of Michael B. Kaminski, primarily, during the years when he was a police officer and undercover detective in drug groups and organized crime associations in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel County, Maryland during the mid 1970’s.
At first glance, you might think you know how police officers and undercover detectives work. However you could be dead wrong. Hidden within the plot of this story is a series of inner conflicts, moral and ethical dilemmas and choices that many people in law enforcement make in the line of duty. How an individual enforces the law, many times, is reduced to personal decisions.
“I stared emotionless at the police revolver pointed straight at my eyes. Suppressed thoughts and memories surfaced again from the darkness of my mind. Thoughts about the complexities, contradictions and conflicts that live within every human heart, mind and soul, especially within me, came alive. The moral and ethical decisions tugged in different directions like a mental, spiritual and psychological tug of war.”
Mike Kaminski’s story begins during a long and lonely night in a dimly lit and dingy dorm room in seminary as he contemplates his past and the dark figures facing him in the dirty mirror – lives that still tormented Kaminski from years of undercover assignments as a police detective living undercover in the shadows. Suicide, numbed cold by the warmth of brandy, appears to be the only solution to finally end the nightmares that have driven him toward a desire for redemption, salvation, ordination and ministry.
The series of events that follow the long night will take you on a winding course of exploration and confrontation through the early days in the police academy, foot patrol on Pennsylvania Avenue and North Avenue of Western District (the worst district in the department) in Baltimore City, living undercover in drug groups and organized crime associations, the Pagan motorcycle gang, the docks of the Coast Guard Yard, the notorious “Block” in Baltimore City, working with a black drug ring near Fort Meade, Maryland, Kaminski’s association with an organized crime figure who had a used car lot/junk yard/”chop” shop who was suspected of having people “disappear”.
Immersed in a world of drug groups, organized crime associations and police corruption, Mike Kaminski became addicted to “The Game” wrestling mentally and emotionally with illegal, unethical and immoral choices as the lines between right and wrong blurred before his eyes to justify the end goals. To catch the worst criminals, many times, you have to become a criminal. This moral downslide led Kaminski into depression, suicidal thoughts and ideations and mentally destructive actions as he tried to numb his feelings with increased addiction to alcohol.
Eventually, a shooting that would affect his mind and soul would lead Kaminski into a decision that would force him to leave the unit and resign from the department as a result of an internal investigation. However, the ghosts of the people that he had hurt and the lives he had destroyed would continue to haunt Kaminski long after his resignation.
“I believe everyone has a dark side within their being, whether or not they want to acknowledge or admit it. There are two faces that people see when they look at the person they think they know in relationships. Each one of us lives with a secret or hidden part of our personality in which we struggle to understand and want to conceal from other people.”