"As a current Chief of Police and Police Academy instructor, I would highly recommend this book as a must read for new officers or potential recruits. There are few in the law enforcement field as dedicated or as professional as this author. New officers or academy recruits should take the lessons the author gives us and apply them as they progress in their careers. Years ago Clif Edwards and I "crossed paths" and I have been a better cop and person since then. Readers of this book can benefit in the same way I did."
- Troy Stern
"Paths Crossed vividly illustrates the stark realities and personal sacrifices that police officers carry out on a daily basis. The author's passion and determination to see good prevail over evil is evident throughout the narration of his harrowing and bold experiences. Undoubtedly, Paths Crossed will give readers a greater appreciation and understanding of the challenges posed by the law enforcement profession. I would recommend this highly engaging book to both law enforcement personnel and civilians alike."
- Craig Medon
"A page turner and a true story with no fluff. I never realized the day & night dangers encountered by our State Police, and the stupendous and professional efforts they put into solving crimes. This book puts you there, seeing the quixotic, humanitarian and horrifying situations as they happen. Each chapter is an exciting story on its own, taking you into the life of the Author as he lived it. Law enforcement is a proud and noble profession and those who serve are in harms way everyday."
"The stories in this book were not only engaging--I could not put the book down--but also surprising. The so-called cop shows do not do justice to the real-life challenges and risks described. Prior to reading this book I had very little knowledge or appriciation for the service our law enforcement men and women provide--I do now.
While the book is quite serious, riveting, and at times terrifying, it was enjoyable to read as the author interjects a bit of humor and an inside view of police work. Additionally, the author's self-reflection of lessons learned at the end of each story was insightful--not only to would-be victims like myself but anyone involved in law enforcement.
Anyone intrigued by law enforcement or interested in reading a good true-story narrative would enjoy this book."
"Clif's book captures the fear, frustration, and fun of being a state trooper in the Detroit Metropolitan Area. He has it all from the fear of a shootout, frustration with the criminal justice system, and the fun taking bad guys out of circulation. There was plenty of good work to do and Clif did more than his share. Anyone contemplating law enforcement as a career will find this book an excellent insight into the life of a dedicated police officer. Having attended trooper recruit school with Clif and serving in the second district at the same time as he I can honestly say he lived the life detailed in his book."
- Bill Olney
"As a second year criminal justice college student, I have sought out books to better prepare for the realities of a career as a police officer. Of all of them, Paths Crossed has offered me the most "real world" information. The manner in which professional and personal dilemmas and legal terms and concepts are introduced in real life accounts gives them true meaning. I would highly recommend it to fellow criminal justice students."
- Nick Leslie
"Get ready for a journey you will long remember after reading Paths Crossed. During his career with the Michigan State Police, Edwards earned numerous awards, letters of commendations and promotions. His description of the rigorous training in preparation to earn and wear the badge was an eye opener. He brings the reader along during the close calls, the highs, the lows, the wins, the losses, and the lessons learned as a police officer. I felt as if I was riding shotgun with Trooper Edwards, or silently trailing on foot behind him in complete darkness, with K9 partner Cisco in search of the bad guy. All the while, he allows a glimpse into his personal life, and the sacrifices were huge. Raising two boys, sometimes as a single Dad, while striving to be the best MSP officer was not an easy road. The author skillfully weaves together real life events and his experiences using the theme of Villains-Victims-Victors, resulting in a book that you will not want to put down. Path Crossed is an excellent read for anyone considering a law enforcement career. The current and retired law enforcement community will appreciate it. However, this is also a book for the regular citizen since it provides a better understanding of and respect for the men and women who strive to keep our neighborhoods, cities, towns, & highways safe, while putting themselves in harm's way. I am a regular citizen and really enjoyed reading Paths Crossed. I look forward to Part II."
- Celia Otwell
"The perfect read for anyone interested in the criminal justice profession. Whether you are in high school contemplating a law enforcement career, a college student in a criminal justice curriculum , a current law enforcement professional, or retired from the job this book is a must read. Full of Michigan cases from all over the state it describes the journey of author Edwards as he begins his career with the Michigan State Police. Reading Paths Crossed, book one of a three part trilogy, will have you anxiously awaiting the release of the next two books."
- Cindi Agge
"I've followed the metamorphosis of Paths Crossed from a kernel of an idea born in the wilderness of Isle Royale to a captivating autobiography of a Michigan State Police Trooper from a young, wide-eyed, rookie police officer to the command presence of a police lieutenant. If you are considering a career in law enforcement, this book will let you look into the soul of a police officer and learn from his successes and failures. If you are currently a police officer, this book can be a reality check and remind you that you do not operate in a vacuum. Everything you do can have an impact, both positive and negative, on everyone you come in contact with. If you are a retired law enforcement officer, you'll find yourself nodding in agreement as you reflect on many of the same paths you have crossed in your lifetime. If you are an academy instructor, this book can serve as a springboard for discussions between you and your recruits.
Edwards offers a rare, personal glimpse into the soul of a police officer and, while much has changed in law enforcement since Edwards was a trooper, the lessons learned are timeless and as applicable now as when he learned them."
- Nicholas Meier