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Richard K., and Clair, William R. Abshire  More Info
The Shaman Tree
Richard Abshire  More Info
Terry Marlow is the pen name for police officer authors Richard Abshire and William Clair, Dallas PD
Target Blue
Terry Marlow  More Info

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The Dallas Police Department has an authorized strength of nearly 3,000 sworn police officers and over 500 civilian personnel.  Most of the police officers of the Dallas Police Department work uniformed patrol in one of the six geographic divisions.  However, in addition to traditional detective roles, the Dallas Police Department maintains the following specialized unites: Criminal Investigations; Intelligence Unit; Narcotics & Vice Investigations; K-9; Traffic Enforcement; Community Relations; Mounted Patrol; SWAT; Recruiting; Explosive Ordinance Unit; Helicopters; Bicycle Squad; Motorcycles; and, Gang Unit.


The Tactical Division of the Dallas Police Department has one squad and two specialized units: Fugitive/Parole Squad; SWAT Operations Unit; and, Planning Unit. The Fugitive/Parole Squad apprehends persons wanted on felony, misdemeanor and parole violation arrest warrants. They serve local as well as other agencies’ warrants. The SWAT Operations Unit (of the DPD Tactical Division) maintains and issues the various equipment and supplies that tactical officers use in handling barricaded persons, hostage situations, and other special incidents. They maintain and operate the specialized vehicles used in these situations. The Planning Unit is tasked with planning security for special events such as the State Fair of Texas, the Cotton Bowl game, and various parades and celebrations occurring in the city. The Unit also oversees the plans for presidential and dignitary visits to Dallas.




Richard Abshire was a captain in charge of the Dallas Police Department's Tactical Section from January 1975 to December 1977. He left the department in 1979 and is a reporter in The Dallas Morning News' Garland bureau.  Richard is most notable for the fictional character Jack Kyle, “an ex-cop, turned Dallas gumshoe, your typical hard-boiled operative: middle-aged, divorced, broke and -- surprise, surprise -- more than a little cynical. Still, while not breaking any new ground, the series did get compliments for its plotting and characterization.”  Moreover, he co-authored several books in the “gant” series with former Dallas police officer William Clair.  The “Gant” books feature an ex-homicide detective who investigates cases with a super-natural twist.

Publisher’s Weekly said of The Shaman Tree, “In the sequel to Gants, Texas police officers Abshire and Clair describe the later trials of ex-homicide detective Charlie Gants, hero of the critically praised original. While recovering from the breakdown caused by the terrors of the first case, Charlie accepts an assignment from Leighton Childress, lawyer to the late Amber McKendrick. Drowned at the McKendrick ranch in Texas, Amber could be the most recent victim of an Indian curse on the McKendricks for usurping Native American burial grounds. Meeting the large family--McKendrick, his wife, children and grandchilden--Charlie senses greed and suspects humans rather than ghosts are killing each other off, reducing the number of the patriarch's inheritors. But the detective's belief is shaken when the sudden deaths continue, every one preceded by a visit from an aged Indian, visible only to Charlie. As this lusty, haunting, violent mystery arrives at a final shocker, one feels less inclined to doubt the power of the supernatural.”

Publisher’s Weekly said of The Dallas Deception: A Jack Kyle Mystery, “He drinks, smokes, lives out of his office and is always seriously short of cash. Square in the tradition of down-and-out PIs, Abshire's Dallas detective Jack Kyle (introduced in Dallas Drop ) is also a sensitive, modern guy, not yet 40, as up-to-date as the advanced technology employed by the deranged genius at the heart of this hard-to-credit but deftly handled plot. As a favor to an old Dallas PD pal, Kyle investigates the keyhole porn scam by which teenage Liz, filmed while having sex, is being blackmailed. Kyle finds the tapes and roughs up the filmmaker, but shortly thereafter discovers Liz back at the lout's apartment, naked and stoned, the young man's bloody corpse still warm in the bathroom. Getting the girl out of there just before the cops arrive, he takes her to her grandfather, called The Doctor, and begins to unravel the tangled history of warped, mind-controlling experiments that have led to murder and other evils. Savvy and reasonable even in fairly bizarre setting, Kyle is a pleasant, unpredictable companion for an evening's read.”

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