Fourth Book Seals Seasoned Ex-cop’s Reputation as Prolific Author

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Retired policeman-turned-writer D. E. Gray comes up with‘Conflict in Blue: The Marissa Ortega Story’–a winning a sequel to ‘True to the Blue’.

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With already three published books under his belt, seasoned law enforcement officer and prolific author D. E. Gray releases his fourth book entitled “Conflict in Blue: The Marissa Ortega Story.” This book continues where his second book, “True to the Blue,” left off. Like the rest of his books–“The Warrior in Me” and “Eclipse of the Blue: For Greater Glory” – the overall theme of Gray’s latest novel is about the life and challenges of the dedicated working street cop whom he refers to as “warriors” in his books.

This is Gray’s fourth book and all of his books have been dedicated to the working street cops in any metropolitan city. As a stunning sequel to “True to the Blue,” “Conflict in Blue: The Marissa Ortega Story” continues the saga through the daughter of a former Los Angeles police officer who was murdered by a notorious Hispanic gang member. The daughter, now grown up, is a Los Angeles cop herself and goes after the Hispanic gang members in her community.

Set in Los Angeles, the story naturally revolves around the famed Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Although there are several interesting and intriguing characters in the book, the main character is Marissa Ortega, a Los Angeles police officer assigned to the Northeast Division of Operation Central bureau. Other characters are either members of a local Los Angeles street gang called the Avenues Street Gang or other police officers who work at the LAPD and are associated with Ortega throughout the story.

Like all the other books, “Conflict in Blue: The Marissa Ortega Story” book appeals to anyone who is, was, or is related to or knows a cop in any greater metropolitan city as they can connect with how these “warriors” put their lives on the line everyday to protect the citizens in their communities. While there are a lot of other books about police or detective work, Gray’s book stand out as they are fruits of his real life experience from over four decades of dedicated service in the force.

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About the Author
D.E. Gray began his law enforcement career in 1967, spending 28 years as a Los Angeles police officer, 26 of those years working as a motorcycle officer. After his retirement from the LAPD in 1995, Gray was hired by the Escondido Police Department in North San Diego County. He spent another 14 years there, much of it as a uniformed street cop. After Gray’s retirement from the force in 2008, he authored his first book, titled “The Warrior in Me,” a memoir following his 42 year career. He followed it up with “True to the Blue,” a work of fiction based in part on a true story that includes actual events he experienced or witnessed while on the job. “Eclipse of the Blue” is his third book. Gray presently lives in North San Diego County with his wife, Suzanne.

Conflict in Blue * by D. E. Gray
The Marissa Ortega Story
Publication Date: October 9, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 278 pages; 978-1-4931-0827-5
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