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George D. Shuman is a twenty year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, DC).  During his law enforcement career, he has served as an undercover narcotics detective, sergeant in the Internal Affairs Division, an operations commander of the police academy and as a lieutenant commander in the Public Integrity Branch, Internal Affairs Division.  He is the author of three novels: 18 Seconds: A Sherry Moore Novel; Last Breath: A Sherry Moore Novel; and, Lost Girls.

Publisher’s Weekly said of Last Breath, “In Shuman's mesmerizing second suspense novel to feature blind Philadelphia psychic Sherry Moore (after 2006's 18 Seconds), the Maryland attorney general asks Sherry, who can relive a murder victim's last moments by touching the body, to do her thing on three women discovered gruesomely murdered in an abandoned Maryland meat processing plant. Soon Sherry is plagued by eerie nightmares. After another woman is found strangled in an upscale suburban Pittsburgh home, the Pennsylvania state police get involved, but territorial wrangling between state and federal law enforcement agencies hampers the search for the serial killer. Shuman, who has worked for more than 20 years with the Washington, D.C., metropolitan police, brings a chilling realism to his depiction of crime scenes and has a real gift for conveying fear.”

Booklist said of 18 Seconds: A Novel, “Here's a high-concept thriller that, in places, could almost sink under the weight of its own premise. Sherry Moore is beautiful, blind, and psychic. But she doesn't read minds; Sherry's gift--although some might say it's more of a curse--is this: if she touches a dead person, she can see the last 18 seconds of that person's life. Naturally, this skill makes her very handy to the police, and when Lieutenant Kelly O'Shaughnessy is having trouble finding out who killed a young girl, the two women plunge headlong into an old case involving a vicious serial killer. Fans of the television series Medium should enjoy this novel's combination of parapsychology and real-world detective work, and it should also appeal to fans of twisted psychological thrillers (Jeffrey Deaver, say, or Thomas Harris). Unfortunately, Shuman, a veteran police officer, spends so much time justifying his premise that he tends to sound like he doesn't quite believe it himself. Sometimes you just have to let readers suspend their own disbelief.”

Publisher’s Weekly said of Lost Girls: A Sherry Moore Novel, “Shuman's provocative third thriller to feature blind psychic Sherry Moore (after Last Breath) puts a troubling, unsavory issue front and center. When Sherry uses her unusual gift—the ability to see the final seconds of a dead person's life—to help save some stranded mountain climbers in Alaska's Denali National Park, she gets an unexpected and horrific glimpse of the sexual slave trade. After learning more about the tortured women she sees in her vision, Sherry doesn't hesitate to make a dangerous trip into the wilds of Haiti in search of justice. Sherry's unique talent opens doors for her, but it's her determination to live a full, active, useful life and her grit when things get rough that makes her such an appealing hero. Shuman puts a human face on the victims of human trafficking while painting a shameful picture of the failure of the world's nations to address the problem.”

18 Seconds: A Novel
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Lost Girls: A Sherry Moore Novel
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Last Breath: A Sherry Moore Novel
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About the Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, DC)

In 1790, Maryland and Virginia ceded portions of their territory for the purpose of establishing the Federal City. For the next 10 years, the Federal City was policed by constables appointed by these two states. In 1802, when the original charter of Washington was approved, police authority was centralized and power was granted to the city itself to establish patrols, impose fines, and establish inspection and licensing procedures. Until the creation of the Metropolitan Police Department in 1861, the city had only an auxiliary watch with one captain and 15 policemen.


Today, the Metropolitan Police Department includes more than 4,400 members—approximately 3,800 sworn police officers and more than 600 civilian employees. Today's Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, DC) is committed to the same proud ideals and traditions of the department in its earlier years. And while serving and protecting the community remains central to the Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, DC) mission, the department is also committed to building safer neighborhoods in partnership with the community.


Today's Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, DC) remains a remarkably diverse department. Nearly one in four of all sworn officers is woman, placing the MPDC among the national leaders in this regard. And Cathy L. Lanier made history when she was named the first female chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, DC), beginning in 2007. Approximately 70 percent of the Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, DC) sworn members are black, Hispanic or Asian, meaning that the department closely mirrors the makeup of the resident population it serves. As the Metropolitan Police Department strives to maintain its rich diversity, the department has also raised its hiring standards and taken other steps to enhance the professionalism of the force.




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