A slow burn of a read of a cop’s life story. The author eases the reader into his world of navigating the complexities of street life.
Black, White, And Gray All Over details the police exploits and personal life of Frederick Reynolds. He is a cop who moves from Detroit, Michigan to Compton, California. Frederick chronicles his life from birth to childhood to career. With an alcoholic father and a firm mother who kept the household running, Frederick dealt with dysfunction from the beginning. That dysfunction applied to his life outside the home as well through poor choices. Bearing witness to the complexities of life and crime in the streets, he decides he wants to break the cycle of falling into old habits.
At first, I was not looking forward to this story based on how it opened. Initially, Frederick gives a detailed history on the origins of his family from the first slave ship to sharecropping, and it seems misplaced to go that far back at first. However, as I read on, I became much more open to giving it another chance. It was interesting reading about how he overcame obstacles and dealt with violent crime in Compton after growing up in Detroit, Michigan and seeing all the street life had to offer.
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