60th & Haverford

60th & Haverford

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The intersection of 60th and Haverford Avenue in West Philly is one of the most notorious drug corners in the city. Despite Police Officer Jake Loman's repeated calls to the Narcotics Division during the past several weeks, the corner gang's 'bness' continued unabated. When he stopped at the corner late one night to the welcoming shouts of "Five-O" as the crew ran for cover. Seconds later a man wearing a thobe, an Arab robe, over his street clothes, runs out of the corner bodega firing wildly at Loman. Jake takes several rounds before he can return fire. Veteran detective Frank Benson is assigned to the investigation. Pope Francis' long anticipated visit to Philadelphia is a month away. Secret Service agent Nikki Cartwright and her team spent the last year overseeing the security arrangements for the visit. In anticipation of the Pope's visit the drain on the Philadelphia Police Force's manpower resulted in the temporary assignment of Sergeant Ophelia Brown-Thurman to assist Benson. The two veteran officers have known each other since they trained at the academy 16 years before. Ophelia's familiarity with Officer Loman, as his platoon sergeant and her sterling reputation on the force, was a clear asset to the team. When Nikki arrives at the briefing she discovers that Benson, who she had a teenage crush on when he dated her older sister, was in charge of the investigation Is the attack on the police officer connected to the Pope's visit? Benson, Ophelia and Nikki's investigation leads them to a deeper look at the drug culture and the corruption of the police assigned to control it, and the possible connection of terrorists in the Muslim community as they try to solve the crime. All of the action culminates as the Pope celebrates Mass in the presence of 100,000 pilgrims and celebrants on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
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About Neal Goldstein

ABOUT THE AUTHOR I have read dozens of author bios, all of which feature the exploits of men and women who have led fascinating lives - mountain climbers, intrepid journalists, bouncers, former C.I.A. operators - whose past experiences are woven throughout their award winning, best-selling books. I have done none of these things, including writing a best-selling book! (For the sake of full disclosure, I did win a perfect attendance award in elementary school.) I'm just a normal guy with a vivid imagination that I cannot turn off. Despite never having climbed Mt. Everest, or water boarded a terrorist, or been embedded with Seal Team 6, my small but dedicated circle of readers seem to enjoy my writing. My soon to be released crime novel, 60th & Haverford, like all of my previous books, is a Philadelphia centric, action packed thriller that according to Kirkus Reviews is, "A smart, tense tale that keeps its classic cop drama relevant to current events." Yes, they actually said that! I hope you'll look for it soon. I was born and raised in Philadelphia. My wife and I live in Haverford Pennsylvania. I'm a graduate of Temple University and Temple University School of Law, and currently practice law in Philadelphia representing labor unions and employee benefit plans. I'm also the author of Murder and Mayhem in Manyunk, Fishtown and Northern Liberties, (the Jack Regan/Izzy Ichowitz trilogy) and The Pa-la-ti-'shan (Politician).
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