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Heart Shots 

Ten hours, nine heroes, five heart shots, three abductions, two widows, and one fatherless son fill this prequel to the Paths Crossed series. The prequel is unknowingly conceived when a door prize, the first book in this series, is won by the widow of fallen Michigan Trooper Dugald Pellot. This chance drawing would lead the widow to the book's author. Over coffee, she would  share with Edwards a scrapbook she had created about the murder of her husband. A scrapbook intended to some day help explain to their then infant son why his dad was dead.   

This paths crossed would spark long-retired Michigan State Police Detective Lieutenant Clif Edwards, author of the Paths Crossed series, to research his coldest case ever; the terror of September 30, 1957. During his reconstruction of those ten horrific hours, he uncovers fascinating information leading to and following that fateful day. 

Blending investigative and narrative acumen, Edwards vividly reveals the nation-wide crime wave exposed by a traffic stop for a minor violation, the courage of eight officers while standing in harm's way, and the justice that followed. 

"A true page-turner, Paths Crossed: Heart Shots conveys the often harrowing realities facing law enforcement officers each day. Edwards' ability to reconstruct events in such an illustarted, no-flub manner attests to his passion for the law enforcement community from which he retired." 

Christine MacIntyre - The Exponent

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Heart Shots is a well researched and well written story of police bravery and tragic loss. Thanks to Clif Edward’s for bringing this story back to life. Would encourage anyone interested in police work to read it. 

A. Anderson | Amazon Review

Heart Shots

Paths Crossed provides a most realistic and compelling story of what it is really like to work as a police officer. As a retired Michigan State Police officer, the stories presented by Cliff Edwards triggered my own memories of close calls, satisfaction on investigations well done, and the camaraderie working with other officers.

E. Muldore | Amazon Review

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Being a retired police officer I read books like this somewhat skeptically. But Clif nails the highs and lows, the thrills and the mundane, the satisfaction and the disappointment of working major cases. I give Clif a lot a credit for discussing the how the job can affect a police officer’s personal life. 

J.A. | Amazon Review

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