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Debbie Neckel
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Tears of Steel
From a young age, Debbie Neckel wanted to be a cop. Life had other ideas until she was 45 years old and decided it was her last shot before senior hood set in. Fast forward two years and Detective Neckel worked some of the toughest homicides and sex crimes cases in the country. But it didn't start there. The nightmare turned dream began when eleven-year-old Debbie witnessed and was forced to take part in an unimaginable crime that changed her life and led her to the right side of the law. From a serial killer to small town politics, Detective Neckel tells how it really is inside the inner workings of law enforcement. It’s not always pretty and it tested everything she thought she knew about herself.
Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 10.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Idea/Concept: Neckel’s story of her decision to become a police officer late in her professional life is deeply compelling and richly entertaining. Reading at times like a novel, Neckel narrates with both authority and knowledge of law enforcement, while also conveying her vulnerability and relatable uncertainties regarding her bold life choices.

Prose: Neckel’s prose is both personable and lively. Dramatization of circumstances result in the work swaying into creative nonfiction territory, but the veracity of Neckel’s life experience are never in question.

Originality: This work is memorable and unconventional, primarily due to the author’s unique life story. The combination of dramatic in-scene storytelling and more quiet exposition, allow the memoir to stand out.

Execution: Between conveying the circumstances of her journey to becoming a cop and her clear descriptions of the profession itself, Neckel also offers a motivational narrative about pursuing possibilities despite the odds.

Date Submitted: October 02, 2019

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