From shootouts and robberies to riding in cars with pimps and prostitutes, Frederick Reynolds’ early manhood experiences in Detroit, Michigan in the 1960s foretold a future on the wrong side of the prison bars. Frederick grew up a creative and sensitive child but found himself lured down the same path as many Black youth in that era. No one would have guessed he would have a future as a cop in one of the most dangerous cities in America in the 1980s—Compton, California. From recruit to detective, Frederick experienced a successful career marked by commendations and awards. The traumatic and highly demanding nature of the work, however, took its toll on both his family and personal life—something Frederick was able to conquer but only after years of distress and regret.
Reviews for the Book
"A powerful and illuminating read, Black, White, And Gray All Over is unreservedly recommended." -Book Viral Reviews (Crimson Quill award-nominated) "This memoir gives a glimpse behind the curtain of police work, and will serve to challenge stereotypes about police officers, criminals, and the politics at play in law and order." -Booklife Reviews "Reynolds, now retired, never allows us or himself a comfortable distance from the grim reality he describes instead forcing us to acknowledge that we are all waist-deep in it, now more than ever. It's hard to imagine this point being argued more convincingly than Reynolds does in this devastating book. A worthwhile, eye-opening read! -Review by Book Excellence "An unflinching look at the reality of police work and gang violence, and a compelling account of a man who ended up on the right side of the law." -BookTrib "This book is another beautiful disaster. It's nothing like the preachy textbook we were expecting to read from the title, the foreword, or the book description. This book is actually very exciting and interesting to read! ...by far the most enjoyable book we've read so far this season!" -Outstanding Creator Awards "The incredible highs and lows of working as a police officer. Informative, often disturbing, and always compelling." -The Wishing Shelf "An intimate, sharply written account of one cop's perseverance in a broken system...Get it!" -Kirkus Reviews