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Robert Ruble quit high school to join the United States Marine Corps (USMC), where he was hoping for Korea, but instead was selected to be a Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego. Later he changed his specialty to Tank Crewman.  He left the Marine Corps and joined the Tampa Police Department.  After a few years as a police officer he re-enlisted in the Marine Corps and served a 20 year career, including two tours in Vietnam.


After retirement from the USMC, he worked for a variety of law enforcement agencies culminating his law enforcement career as the Chief of Police of the Kennesaw Police Department (Georgia).  He was their chief from 1980 through 1986.  He has written two thrillers - Have No Mercy and Black Rosebud: Have No Mercy II

According to the book description of Have No Mercy, “The best of us have had an occasional thought on how to even the score with an enemy. Typically, conventional wisdom overrules such erroneous thinking. Then, an individual forgives or at least moves forward, forgetting the past. Not the case with David Epstein.”

Joan Moore Lewis (author of Southern Fiction) said of Have No Mercy, “Greed, deceit and murder are the three main ingredients in "Have No Mercy." There is more than one crime committed, however. Crimes without bodies, crimes against spouses, crimes within the law for which there are no penalties. Although it's not obvious in the beginning, all major characters seem to have an ulterior motive for most of their actions.

Ann thinks she has landed the perfect husband, one whose money and social position is exactly what she has always expected. David thinks he has the perfect wife, one who is brilliant, beautiful and loyal. Both are disappointed.  Todd needs money; Rennie needs a home and children. Theirs could be the ideal marriage, but their money and house do not make a home. They are childless, and not a single other need is fulfilled.

The way the four lives are intermingled is complicated. I could not finish the book in one night, but neither could I put it down. It's one of those "turn on the light at 3AM" books. The suspense is deafening.  Bobby Ruble, author of "Have No Mercy," retired from the Marines where he served ten years in the Criminal Investigation Division, and he is an FBI National Academy graduate. His achievements are too many to list, but it is obvious that he has the credentials to write this book.

I usually try to guess what is going to happen in a suspense novel. For those of you who think you can figure out what's going to happen before the end, you will be in for a surprise. Bobby Ruble has no mercy.”

Have No Mercy
Robert Ruble  More Info

Black Rosebud: Have No Mercy II
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Harriet Klausner said of Black Rosebud: Have No Mercy II, “Darin Righter knows that farm life is for those inferior to him. He plans to escape Kidwell, Nebraska and all these losers to attain a luxurious lifestyle envied by the rich and famous. Darin may have illusions of grandeur, but he understands that to achieve his objective he needs funding, which in his mind equates to stomping on people including family to gain easy money.

He begins his quest by accepting an accounting job with the First People's Bank of Sharpin that gives him insider information. Farm Girl becomes a victim followed by Darin's older brother and finally elderly Jefferson Welk. Burglaries and murder occur, but is Darin a Lady Macbeth type willing to break the law to achieve his ambition? Though the rural law chief Simmons will do his best to solve the "Neat Nick" crimes, he is a product of his society in which the color of one's skin led to a hate crime that though two generations removed still lingers in the collective memory of everyone.

BLACK ROSEBUD is a powerful crime tale that provides readers with a slice of rural Midwest. Though exciting, the shrewdly designed investigation plays a support role to the relationships between residents of the county; the audience will feel like a Cornhusker tasting the dust of Nebraska's farming community. Readers will welcome this suspenseful story that uses individual and community de facto prejudice to add depth to the tale. Those who prefer a sleek crime thriller will probably be better suited elsewhere; anyone who takes delight in a minuscule look at people in a community where crimes have happened will appreciate this book and seek its predecessor, HAVE NO MERCY.”

About the Kennesaw Police Department

The Kennesaw Police Department is organized into two divisions: Operations and Support Services.  According to the Kennesaw Police Department, Chief of Police, “It is the mission of the Kennesaw Police Department to assure that our community is safe from crime and disorder by focusing on the prevention of crime along with reducing the fear of crime.”  

Like many state and local law enforcement agencies, the Kennesaw Police Department has undertaken problem solving as a core function of the department.  According to the department, “The Kennesaw Police Department T.R.A.C.K. program is an innovative crime prevention and reduction strategy developed by the members of the Kennesaw Police Department under the guidance of the Chief of Police. The goal of the program is to assist the police department in taking proactive measures to keep the Kennesaw crime rate low in spite of the rapid growth in population. The acronym T.R.A.C.K. represents the core values of the program: Teamwork; Results; Accountability; Communication; and, Kennesaw.

The program emphasizes that our entire department focus on our core mission of crime prevention and reduction.  We accomplish our goal by working together not only internally, but also with other stakeholders. Crime prevention and reduction is very much a working partnership involving the police department, other public/private agencies and the community.”

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