Book Recommendation

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You don’t see that many book recommendations coming out of the Virtual Mirage Blog. That’s not because there aren’t a lot of good books out there, but because many of them don’t deserve this level of recommendation that I’m handing down.

Danny R. Smith, Author

Meet Danny R. Smith, retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Detective and author.

Bio From Danny R. Smith spent 21 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the last seven as a homicide detective. He now lives in Idaho where he works as a private investigator and consultant. He is blessed with a beautiful wife and two wonderful daughters. He is passionate about his dogs and horses, whom he counts among his friends.

When your day ends, their day begins

He is the author of the Dickie Floyd Detective Novel series, and he has written articles for trade publications. He publishes a weekly blog called The Murder Memo, which can be found at

He is a member of the Idaho Writers Guild and the Public Safety Writers Association.

I’ve read all of his novels, including his most recent publication, Unwritten Rules. They are all excellent and while they are novels, the threads of truth, wit, and experience are a tight weave.

Amazon is selling a three volume set, the first three books in his series for $6.99. If you are looking for good summer reading, engaging plot lines, interesting characters, and a view of what it’s actually like to be a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Investigator, it’s cheap at twice the price.

10 thoughts on “Book Recommendation

  1. Thanks for the tip. I’m always looking for something good to read and the price here is right.

    1. The novels are worth the money or I wouldn’t have recommended them. I don’t enjoy “fake” novels.

      1. I enjoyed the Jack Reacher books, but their author didn’t impart the sense of reality and of being there that Smith did.

          1. Stephen Hunter’s sniper books are all very good reads. He’s another good author.

  2. Thanks for the recommend…need some good Summer reading diversion. Just starting Lee Child’s Jack Reacher “The Midnight Line”, given by a neighbor because it centers around the same area I reside, plus recently found out Child lives just North inside Wyoming. (Thought Cruise did a good job with the first movie.)

  3. Sorry, I don’t do e-books and the prices I saw on the dead tree books is more than I will pay. If the dumb-ass librarians in this area ever dig their heads out of their asses, then I will see if the library has some of his books.

    Thanks for the post.
    Paul L. Quandt

  4. Bejabbers, that blog. There went 30-minutes of my life I’ll never get back, but, the gun grip fiasco story was hilarious. Worth it.

    Thank you, LL, I’ll be following this guy.

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