First Hispanic Police Commander Follows the Footsteps of Literary Giants

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Author Dan Gavin draws upon his myriad of experiences to pen eye-opening stories in ‘HIGH SANCTUARY AND SELECTED STORIES’.

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Author Dan Gavin, the first Hispanic police officer to reach the rank of Commander, explores an exceptionally different path by following the footsteps of some literary giants who drew heavily on their experiences to fashion their stories, such as Jack London, Joseph Conrad and Ernest Hemingway. Impelled by his myriad of experiences, Gavin publishes his own unique brand of storytelling in his newly published book, titled “HIGH SANCTUARY AND SELECTED STORIES.”

Gavin’s book, while fictional, features four completely different stories each with a common thread, each deals with an aspect of the human spirit, both noble and ignoble, and each with a trace of the surreal. The four stories, “High Sanctuary,” “The Eldritch Depot,” “The Impossible Homicide,” and “Druid Island,” each introduce a host of uniquely characters that help readers explore different psyche of people. Their overriding theme is conflict that tests not only the human will but severely tests their supposedly inviolate ethical religious beliefs.

Thrilling, engaging and eye-opening, “HIGH SANCTUARY AND SELECTED STORIES” appeals to readers because of its varied scenarios, vivid backdrops and unexpected endings. It is relevant in that it is an East-West, secular-religious, and valor versus self-preservation, confrontations that takes place on an individual level that relates directly to contemporary life. Readers take away the feeling of thinking outside the box, and consider that there may be other outcomes beyond which people assume are the rule, singular and inviolate.

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About the Author
Dan Gavin, also known as Dan Sanchez, is a veteran of almost three decades on the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). He was an outstanding amateur boxer and joined the LAPD in 1952, graduating first in his class. Advancing through the ranks, he came out number one on the Captain’s list. In 1968, he created the Neighborhood Watch, which Los Angeles Times reporter Jerry Ruhlow chronicled in the July 2, 1969 issue of The Los Angeles Times. He became the first Hispanic officer to reach the rank of Commander. Always an athlete, he garnered four gold medals in the Police Olympics while in his 50s. He was an underwater instructor for Los Angeles county. Passing the California Bar, he took an early retirement and became an international attorney. He taught law and police administration in many states and several countries including Spain, Russia and Mexico and had travelled widely throughout the world. He was the first American, not in the Peace Corp, to enter Vladivostok, Russia to teach at a university (Far Eastern Technological Institute).

Publication Date: November 6, 2013
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