The inspiration for Shadow
of the Arch is the period Ken Dye considers the highlight of his career, five years serving as an undercover
narcotics Detective. Ken Dye and his partner were honored with the Missouri police Officers of the year award for 1980 for
intense undercover work that successfully prevented the bombing of a bank by known drug dealers. Ken Dye transitioned his
police experience to corporate security for many years. He ended his career as the administrator for state wide Metropolitan
Enforcement Groups and Narcotics Task Forces for the Illinois Criminal Justice Authority.
Ken Dye is the author of Shadow
of the Arch and Beyond the Shadow of
According to the book description of Shadow of the Arch,
it “is the first work of fiction by Ken Dye. The story follows the experiences of two hot shot police officers, Ian
Sloan and Rich Falimoso, who are thrown into the cauldron of the 19th District. After a shoot out with two violent felons
the two are promoted to Detective and assigned to the 19th squad where they are involved in a number of spectacular arrests.
The two Detectives are then assigned to the Metro West MEG, a multi-jurisdictional
drug enforcement unit that is tasked with the mission of targeting large scale dealers and multi faceted conspiracy operations.
Sloan and Falimoso are soon making big cases and hook up with Maggie Mehlville, a first generation Irish Detective, who along
with her partner, Bill Robinson, are soon dealing a fit to drug dealers and large scale drug conspiracy operations.
Sloan and Falimoso are asked to participate
in a bank robbery with a bomb set to go off simultaneously. A father and son team ask the two Detectives to help them obtain
a bomb with the explosive power to level a building and several sawed off shotguns in furtherance of the robbery/bombing conspiracy.
Father and son working together to accomplish a single goal, I just love to see family values like that, one doesn’t
often see that in this day and age!”
According to the book description of
Beyond the Shadow of the Arch,
“Detectives Sloan and Falimoso are at
it again. Transferred to work the
homicide beat by the Chief of
Detectives, the two clear some of the
area's most difficult murder cases.
They encounter an old and "Street
Wise" informant who takes the
Detectives into the heart of a
conspiracy to topple one of America's
most recognizable landmarks...The
Gateway Arch. The investigation
propels the two Detectives into the
secret and shrouded world of
International intrigue and treachery.
"A great read, Ken Dye does not
disappoint!!" -Sam Virzi Beyond the
Shadow of the Arch
About the Saint Louis
County Police DepartmentThe St. Louis County Police
Department is a full-service law enforcement agency with over 750 sworn personnel and 250 civilian police employees. According
to the Saint Louis County Police Department, “St. Louis County was established in a proclamation by Governor William
Clark in 1812, as an area bounded on the east by the Mississippi River, on the north by the Missouri River, on the south by
the Meremac River and the west by the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.
The region grew with communities rising up to feed the needs of those early travelers
migrating west. Initially the population remained centered near the area known now as the City of St. Louis. By the mid 1800's
the City, with its dense population had moved to separate themselves from the County. At the close of WW II, the population
began shifting and by 1960 both the City and County were each nearing a population of 725,000. In response to this growth
the citizens of St. Louis County voted to create, develop and maintain a professional police agency. In 1955, the Saint Louis
County Police Department was established to serve and protect the rights of all citizens within our borders.”