Dial’s style is straightforward and hard-boiled, complementing strong characterizations with solid investigative detail, complex police-department politics, and gritty L.A. street scenes. A Michael Connelly read-alike with its own powerful voice.
Dial’s engrossing fourth Josie Corsino mystery charts the beginning of Josie’s career with the LAPD. Her real-life experience in the LAPD allows her to cleverly delve into the mind-set and mental processes of undercover cops as they deconstruct the city’s crimes.
Publisher: The Permanent Press Publication date: October 2016 Available for purchase: Immediately Synopsis:In 1971, Josie Corsino is unmarried policewoman Josie Pastore and an undercover operative for the LAPD during a tumultuous period in the city of Los Angeles. She’s immersed in radical politics both inside and outside the department and her only way out is to find a missing undercover officer who disappeared in a mysterious and troubling way.
Publisher: The Permanent Press Publication date: September 2014 Available for purchase: Immediately Synopsis: A wealthy transvestite is murdered on a Hollywood street in front of dozens of witnesses but no one will tell the police anything. Within hours a second homicide in the same area makes the investigation even more difficult. These killings drag Captain Corsino and her finest if somewhat flawed cops into a bizarre world they mistakenly thought they understood and could navigate. Genre: Police/Crime/Mystery
Dead Wrong gets everything right—the lingo, tactics, cops, and bad guys—they’re all spot on. Connie Dial perfectly captures the highs and lows, the best and worst of what it’s like to be a cop. Well done.
Publisher: The Permanent Press Publication date: May 15, 2013 Available for purchase: Immediately Synopsis: Captain Josie Corsino of Fallen Angels returns as commanding officer of the LAPD’s always fascinating and dangerous Hollywood police station. This time the fatal shooting of a police officer draws Josie into an investigation that involves one of her sergeants and takes the reader on an exciting journey through the gritty world of policing in Los Angeles. Genre: Police/Crime Reviews: Read reviews of Dead Wrong.
Read the full review online here, along with an interview with Connie Dial. Ms. Dial’s writing is precise, efficient, and straightforward. This police procedural is not only about finding who did it and their motives, but it offers deep insights in the internal politics of the LAPD Hollywood Division, the life of Josie, her difficult relationship with her husband and her son. Ms. Dial, a 27-year veteran of the LAPD has first-hand experience in investigations. Her dialogue is sharp, her descriptions are brilliant and the storyline flows quite well. It reminded me of Michael Connelly’s work, but without all the grit and the gloom that are his trademark.
Newly promoted Police Captain Josie Corsino of the Hollywood Division LAPD has her hands full in Fallen Angels by Connie Dial. She has seen many corpses during her twenty-one years with the Los Angeles Police, but never that of a person shot dead with a smile on her face. The reason for that smile is the first of many elusive pieces of information Josie must track down during the course of her investigation. Connie Dial takes the reader into a world where police business is handled at its highest level. Josie Corsino is a seasoned professional who knows every aspect of her job including its political ramifications She works long, hard, unglamorous hours, drinks too much, carries a gun at all times and uses it when necessary and is far from being a dutiful wife. In these and other ways, she is a certain kind of modern, mature woman. Josie may not be everyone’s cup of tea but she is realistic, and readers will be able to recognize parts of themselves in her.
Ms. Dial writes with the authority that comes from 27 years on this police force, and she brings the viewpoint of both female cop and newly promoted captain to the story through the voice of her main character, Josie Corsino…. This is what gives Fallen Angels its insidious quality. While the story, like most crime novels, is focused on the who-done-it-and-how plotline, each scene has an emotional subtext that seeps into the reader’s heart and mind. It feels like we’re implanted in Josie’s head or riding around on her shoulder, getting an up close and personal view of life as a real captain of a real police force dealing with the dark side of human nature.
I thoroughly enjoyed and more importantly appreciated the first two mysteries [Internal Affairs and The Broken Blue Line] written by Connie Dial. As with past novels, Connie Dial exposes corrupt police officers, shady dealings and poor police work. Her vast experience in narcotics, undercover surveillance and Internal Affairs surveillance glows through the pages. It makes the novel much stronger, deeper. Dial knows L.A. and police work rather intimately and it shows throughout this mystery. As soon as I got confused along came a sentence or paragraph to bring things back into focus. Dial focuses on a woman as main character, Captain Josie Corsino. Extremely disciplined despite disorder in her personal life, Josie puts all her effort and time into her work. Josie’s son is a not-so-far-successful musician and her husband, a former prosecutor, left to pursue private practice and personal space from their marriage… Behind the scenes of a police officer’s life never gets old. Thus mystery/thriller remains a popular genre–Law & Order and CSI remain highly watched television programs not to mention 48 Hours. Dial hits on after-hours, cops’ marriages, working off-duty, office politics and daily minutiae. Fallen Angels unravels in a slow, steady spiral.