The Ghosts of One Crooked Cop’s Past Return in Crime Thriller

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Joyce Hammock further discusses fiction, ‘Recompense’

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Most of us have fantasies of ‘getting even’ when someone hurts us, is unfair to us, or does us harm. ‘Recompense’ is a story with a very satisfying revenge plot.

“The summer after receiving my undergraduate degree in professional writing, a tragedy took the life of an important family member,” explains author Joyce Hammock. “The circumstances were strange, bordering on bizarre. In an effort to deal with it, I started writing about it.” After applying a “what-if” scenario to it, she soon realized she had written almost 200 pages. It was this exercise that evolved into her book, Recompense (published by iUniverse).

When Elliot Bowers, a decorated undercover cop, turns dirty, he believes he is untouchable as no accusations ever seem to stick – that is, until the ghosts of his past return – and soon get started to get their way. As homicide detective Cal Hopkins begins to investigate the rape of a young girl, not only do the skeletons of Bowers’ past begin to arise, but those of his own as well.

The overall theme of Hammock’s book is a classic tale of good versus evil with a revenge plot that touches that desire for “recompense” or retribution that many have seeded inside them.

“Most of us have fantasies of ‘getting even’ when someone hurts us, is unfair to us, or does us harm. ‘Recompense’ is a story with a very satisfying revenge plot.”

About the Author
Joyce Hammock lives in Columbia, MD. She is a graduate (M.S.) of the professional writing program at Towson University and a 2002 recipient of Towson's Distinguished Black Marylander Student Award. She is a senior technical writer for a Maryland-based consulting firm.

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