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Alex J. McDonald

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A 30 year veteran of law enforcement, Alex J. McDonald, is a deputy sheriff with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office (Florida).  He has published extensively in law enforcement periodicals, as well as magazines about karate and skin diving.  Alex J. McDonald is the author of Sawgrass and Vesuvius.

According to the book description of Sawgrass, “A missing cop is found dead in his car in an orange grove. Suicide or murder? The evidence points to murder but the bureaucrats want it to be suicide. Det. Sgt. Daniel Quinn is in charge of the investigation and sets out to prove murder. A second murder occurs and Quinn finds the two are connected. Quinn becomes embroiled in a drug smuggling investigation and is forced to battle politics, a smuggling group and even the D.E.A. All of this leads to a surprise ending.”

One reader of Sawgrass said, “This was an excellent book that I just could not put down from the moment I started. The author's background in over 30 years of law enforcement are evident in the characters and the story line. Great book and I highly recommend. I am looking forward to the next book soon!”

Another reader of Sawgrass, “I have now read this book three times. The author leads you down a path and then takes you totally in the opposite direction. The foreword in this book says it all. Life is not what it appears on the surface. You do not have to like "cop" stories to love this book. He has a lot of insight into what he is talking about as well as an intense knowledge of people. I do not like to watch a movie more than once or read a book more than once but this one I could not put down and have read three times. This is his first novel and I know will not be his last.”

According to the book description of Vesuvius, “There is a serial killer out there killing gay men. Det. Ali Castillo is teamed with an FBI profiler to track the killer but, Castillo has his own demons to battle. Can he win against the killer and his own problems or will he die trying?”

Alex J. McDonald  More Info

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About the Broward County Sheriff's Office

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office has over 6,000 members, including nearly 3,000 deputies and 600 fire personnel. It is a full service law enforcement agency that provides law enforcement services to 14 cities within Broward County as well as the unincorporated areas of the County.  The Broward County Sheriff’s Office is organized into the Department of Law Enforcement, the Department of Detention and Community Control, the Department of Fire Rescue and the Administrative Offices.


The Broward County Sheriff’s Office’s Department of Law Enforcement uniformed patrol serves and “other customary operations, administers special units including the Bomb Squad, the K-9 Unit, School Resource Deputy Unit and the Child Protective Investigations Section,  which investigates allegations of abuse and neglect against Broward County's children.”


Through the Department of Detention and Community Control the Broward County Sheriff’s Office provides typical offender and inmate services as the County level.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, “In October 2003, administration of the county's fire rescue operations was transferred to BSO. The Department of Fire Rescue provides fire suppression, fire protection, emergency medical services and educational programs for most unincorporated areas of Broward County and to several contracted municipalities in Broward County.”




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