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Deadly Destinations travels to the beautiful but highly dangerous city of Galilee Falls where superpowered heroes and villains live. Justice is the first novel in the Galilee Falls Trilogy by Jennifer Harlow. This novel is available now as an eBook. Want to know our thoughts on this novel? Read the review here.
The Injustice of Superpowers by Det. Joanna Fallon, G.F.P.D. – Jennifer Harlow
This article first appeared in the Op-Ed section of The Galilee Gazette. It was written in response to the recent law that gave superheroes Federal Marshal status in certain circumstances, thus elevating these “vigilantes” to law enforcement officers.
I have been a member of the Galilee Falls Police Department for eleven years. I have four commendations for bravery and valor in the field. Recently, I’ve even been promoted to Priority Homicide, the pinnacle of law enforcement. We get the cases with three or more victims or high profile cases. It took me eleven years to reach the top, and it was a hard climb. Weeks of training, years of riding in a patrol car pulling apart domestic squabbles and bringing in drug dealers, only to be spit at and assaulted then returning the next night to these same people committing the same crimes. I’ve played decoy hooker on freezing nights, had my nose broken twice, waited beside dead children for the ME to arrive, and closed 82% of my cases. I earned my place at the table. I earned my right to keep the citizens of Galilee safe. It wasn’t handed to me by some mutation or gene. I honed my skills through hard work, trial and error, and the guidance of people like my supervisor, Captain Harold O’Hara. I also learned the rules. The rules of our justice system. Fruit of the poisonous tree. Hapeus corpus. These rules are the fabric of our justice system, put in place not to protect criminals but to protect innocent people from going to jail for crimes they did not commit. This system is not perfect, by any means, but it’s the best we’ve got. And these “heroes” and their tactics fly, some literally, in the face of said system. And not only do they all but spit in the face of the system they claim to support, the system I’d lay my life down for, they bring with them monsters that would destroy us all.
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The superhero or the supervillain? If there was not one, would there be the other? It’s a debate for the ages with no clear cut answer. People are born with these abilities. They do not choose to have them, I realize that. And I can sympathize. I couldn’t help but be born short or with curly hair. But what I choose to do with these traits is entirely up to me. I can buy heels and straighten my hair. And if I was born with the ability to run really fast or shoot acid from my body, that does not mean I have to put on a costume and fight or commit crime. I could live a relatively normal life perhaps teaching track or working construction melting down beams. There are other options. Yet, at present, there are at least twelve active supervillains and ten superheroes who have caused billions of dollars in property damage and claimed the lives of over a two dozen innocent bystanders in their physical meles alone. The real figure of lives lost to any crime committed by a supervillain or collateral damage of a superhero in that past decade is 19,000. Bombings. Giant robot attacks. Poison gasses released in population centers. Compared to Jericho, with only three known heroes and three villains, the casualties are in the hundreds for the same time period. And now the government wants to legitimize these people. Give others more of a reason to put on a spandex costume and solve crimes, through they have no idea how to really do it without corrupting the scene. I’ve been to a few crime scenes where that man in spandex was the victim and more where not a useable piece of evidence was found against the perpetrator. So long as we legitimize these people, give them press coverage, buy their action figures, call them living gods, the cycle of destruction will continue and more innocent people will die. Remember, James Ryder didn’t become Alkaline until Justice miraculously returned. Gearhead might fade into nothing if Olympia didn’t arrive whenever he demanded it. Our National Monument in Independence, which the founders of this country built almost three centuries ago, would still be erect if Baron Bain didn’t want to goad The Royal Triumvirate. There would still be crime, sure, but not on such a massively destructive scale.
I know our heroes do good. I know they save lives. I know most of you feel safer under the protection of Justice. I did once as well. Then reality whacked me in the head when my father was murdered, and I learned he can’t save everyone. It was the police and my community and one little boy who wouldn’t leave my side that saved me. We can all be super. Volunteer. Speak up when you see bullying. Give a homeless person a few dollars. If you see a crime, call the police. If we all pull together, help one another, then there will be no need for superheroes because we’d all be heroes.
Now, excuse me. I have a murder to solve, and I don’t need no damn powers to do it.
Jennifer Harlow spent her restless childhood fighting with her three brothers and scaring the heck out of herself with horror movies and books. She grew up to earn a degree at the University of Virginia which she put to use as a radio DJ, crisis hotline volunteer, bookseller, lab assistant, wedding coordinator, and government investigator. Currently she calls Northern Virginia home but that restless itch is ever present. In her free time, she continues to scare the beejepers out of herself watching scary movies and opening her credit card bills. She is the author of the Amazon best-selling F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad and Midnight Magic Mystery series. For the soundtrack to her books and other goodies visit her at her website.
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Available May 2013 from Devil on the Left Books/Jennifer Harlow
About this Book:
It’s hard being a regular police officer in Galilee Falls, a city with the highest concentration of superheroes and villains in the country. It’s even harder watching your best friend, the man you’re secretly in love with your whole life, planning to marry another woman. Detective Joanna Fallon has to contend with both. When the vilest supervillain in the city’s history, Alkaline, the former crime boss who can shoot acid from his wrists, escapes from the maximum security prison, the whole city is gripped by panic. Leading the pursuit is Captain Harry O’Hara, Joanna’s boss and secret lover, and the city’s champion superhero Justice, who caught the villain last time, much to Joanna’s chagrin. Before her father was murdered in a mugging twenty years earlier, Joanna worshiped the hero, but when he disappeared and failed to save her father, that adoration turned to contempt for all supers. After Alkaline attacks too close to home and targets Joanna as his next victim, tough-as-nail Joanna has to contend with her increasing fear while struggling to choose between her life-long crush and her new-found love.
At turns vulnerable and fierce, equally mordant and winsome, Joanna is an earnest yet emotionally damaged heroine, who despite the tough breaks of her childhood sees the good in people and vow to protect her beloved city at all costs. An ass-kicking petite firecracker with no superpowers of her own, she charges after supervillains unflinchingly, never losing her wit even when facing her toughest fight. With a coy blend of whimsy and vivid imagination, she delivers both humor and thrills in an action-packed and edgy blend of comic book cool, fantasy-noir, and bitter-sweet romance.
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