- Publisher: Mindstir Media (12 Oct. 2021)
- Language: English
- Print length: 477 pages
- Genre: Law Enforcement Biographies
The BookViral Review:
The continuing growth of social media platforms sees police officers under more scrutiny than ever before. It’s also produced many tell-all autobiographies with few more revealing than Black, White, And Gray All Over; a Black Man’s Odyssey in Life and Law Enforcement.
Brutally honest and loaded with insights, Reynolds looks back over thirty two years as a police officer and detective to share what it’s really like to serve on the frontline whilst dispelling many widely held myths along the way.
Describing his life in exacting detail he combines acerbic prose with a keen intellect to put human faces on the men and women with which he served as he recounts the struggles and challenges he came to face.
From being homeless to doing drugs, from the Marine Corp to the epidemic proportions of crack cocaine, gang war and institutional corruption Reynold’s tells it as he saw it. Reflecting on the everyday mundane to the milestone events that made the headlines and have ultimately shaped the Compton police force as it is today.
Often harrowing, bleak and explicit but always emotionally charged Reynolds says, “While I hadn’t wanted to write exclusively about racism in America, I knew I had to touch on it as I had experienced it throughout my life like most Blacks in America.” And whilst racism is an essential element of his story it is framed against his own triumphs and failings which not only makes his observation powerfully poignant but increasingly relevant to today’s readers. Though perhaps more importantly he reminds us that all organisations are fallible and quite often the real damage is done from within.
A powerful and illuminating read Black, White, And Gray All Over, a Black Man’s Odyssey in Life and Law Enforcement is unreservedly recommended.