The Paths Crossed series is creative nonfiction about everyday heroes and crime drama. It chronicles the author's diverse experiences as a trooper, detective, ranger, and author. In Edwards' style, each chapter is titled with one word which represents an intriguing stand-alone episode (except for Heart Shots). Embedded in these vignettes are timeless lessons learned. The author's knack at putting the reader at the scene allows readers to virtually experience the character's conflict, defeat, and triumph. The Paths Crossed series is engrossing and enlightening to all served by law enforcement.
Paths Crossed: 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. 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.
Paths Crossed: Villains Victims Victors
Ride along with Edwards as he is called to a career with the Michigan State Police. From writing tickets to arresting murderers, from high speed chases to tracking criminals with his police dog, from saving lives to taking lives, from blunders to brilliance, observe Edwards evolve from rookie to veteran. As you witness villains, victims, and victors collide, you too will know the thrill and stress of law enforcement.
Paths Crossed: A Closer Look
Shadow Edwards as he sheds his trooper uniform for the plainclothes of a detective. Accompany him as he collaborates with colleagues to take a closer look at major crimes that remain unsolved. As you become involved, you will meet the obsession that clouds a detective's life as they search for evidence of the truth. These true cases overflow with suspense, each leading to its own stark reality.
Paths Crossed: Protecting National Parks
Observe Edwards as he transitions to wilderness law enforcement. Go with him to where the boot scuffs the trail, the keel slices the water, and the paddle dips the lake - Isle Royale, Everglades, and Pictured Rocks. From watery northern and southern borders, the reader virtually tags along on missions involving search and rescue, wilderness medicine, wildland fire- fighting, and law enforcement. If you have ever wondered what a protection ranger in the National Park Service really does, or thought you might want to be one, this book is for you.
Paths Crossed: Battling Drug Dealers
Follow Edwards' team as they enter the haze battling drug dealers, a place where things are often found distorted. Here, detectives work in the gray, sometimes assuming undercover roles, as they walk a legal tightrope through the devil's playground. As you live these true stories of police infiltrating the illicit drug trade, you too will feel the "rush" of covert investigations. It's a world where fight, flight, or freeze often seems the only way out.