Tired, Hungry, Standing in One Spot for Twelve Hours
Essential Cop Essays
“More than twenty years ago, I left a flourishing corporate career to strap on a gun, wear a badge, and police the streets. Transitioning from Italian high heels and a gleaming high-rise to the interior of a low-bid, threadbare Crown Victoria was exactly what I wanted—and had eagerly anticipated. The price was high—a radical pay cut, a divorce, loss of social status—but not unexpected. It is the best thing I’ve ever done.”
Joining the ranks of the Thin Blue Line was a decision that author-cop and Rice graduate Sarah Cortez has never regretted. Now, after 24 years of experience in both state and county agencies, she brings every reader inside the police car with her and into havoc of street policing.
From Altruistic Rookie to Hardened Veteran.
In Tired, Hungry, Standing in One Spot for Twelve Hours: Essential Cop Essays, Ms. Cortez leads us from her unsettling decision to change almost her entire life, leaving behind successful corporate America and entering the Police Academy—a decision based in part on the need to find greater satisfaction from the intrinsic value of her work. Likely she aced the academic part of the training, but even the realities of dirty lavatories, uncompromising instructors and Houston’s mean, sweaty streets did not make her think twice about her decision. The essays share her path from the altruistic rookie to hardened veteran. Even as that path grew to include a successful editing and writing career, she still works in street policing. The cynical veteran’s view makes her job of law enforcement more effective. And the skills of policing: observation, clear-thinking, attention to detail, make her a better writer and editor.
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Texas Review Press
Publication Date: May 2018
List Price: $22.95