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Book Review - Black White and Grey All Over by Fred Reynolds

This book is a memoir that reaches each end of the spectrum of politics and social viewpoints in America. From the simple yet effective additions to the overall structure of the book, down to the writing’s detail, it was great. Reynolds does a unique spin with his work by providing quotes throughout, a prologue, parts that divide up the chapters, and a foreword. All these factors play the cards perfect for the intricate memoir produced.

He was a police officer mainly in the 1980s in LA county as well as a homicide investigator, so his credentials for creating this well-articulated book is superior. The detail of the criminal investigations and experiences makes the reader feel as if they are eyewitnesses as well and the grasp of emotion may send trickles down the spine. This book produces every type of emotion, an emotional roller coaster at best. It is an honor to get to read the depths and obstacles of Fred Reynolds and the happy, sad, frustrating, and exhausting points in his life. Just writing the book and dwelling as a reader on what this author has produced for the public to see is emotional.

Especially in this modern-day, it is not so often to see police officers share their true feelings and experiences in the field. In this book, the reader may feel as if they are holding Fred Reynolds hand or grasping his shoulder from behind as he guides through his life and takes the reader every step of the way.

This is a redemption story at its’ finest and the title fully conveys the deeper meaning of the story once finished. The grey, in my opinion, is the most noteworthy. The obscurity, the equivocation… the grey space in this memoir holds such powerful thoughts and feelings.

To be able to hear the words about Fred Reynold’s professional and personal life through a book is fascinating and I recommend anyone pick it up who is in need of a good memoir and story. This story has its’ way of words and compromise, it is a never-settle battle.


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