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Book Title: Madeline's Jewel|
The author of the book: Barb Dimich
Edition: Xlibris Corporation
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 11.35 MB
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Date of issue: September 8th 2004
ISBN 13: 9781413458978
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. .the loves and losses of three best friends amidst beautiful northern pines, white sandy beaches and red rock cliffs Barb Dimich presents the second story in the heart-gripping Apostle Islands Trilogy set along Lake Superior4s South Shores. With a lifetime pact, Michelle, Nicole and Katharine reunite to learn their private obstacles are connected to a rash of serial killings. One by one, each will rediscover the true meaning of friendship. A short abusive marriage stripped Michelle Callihan of self-respect and nearly bankrupted her Island business. Eighteen months of hiding out in hard work and preserving the Apostle history, Michelle gradually learns how to cope with her downfalls and defeat. . .until an uncompromising architect wants to change the island4s history she loves more than life. Chained events turn wicked with the discovery of another dead sixteen-year-old girl and the return of Michelle4s violent ex. He4s demanding a payoff from the divorce. As if the ongoing murders and an estranged family aren
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Read information about the authorI love books whether I've read them or not and joke with the local library that I can't check out books because I won't return them. Where did this desire to write come from? Beats me. I know it's deeply rooted and perhaps began with sharing journals with childhood friends. I also pursued writing and reading classes in school and quickly signed up for English classes in high school that provided an opportunity to do both.
During my senior year, my father and I argued frequently about my attending college--I didn't want to go. I wanted to attend business school and I did, graduating from Alexandria Vo-Tech in Minnesota as a secretary where I turned down my first job offer with the FBI in Washington. Though very interesting, it was much further from Minnesota than I wanted to go. The next several years turned into a gamut of office jobs. I even attended night college (shocking my father) believing a degree would advance me at Honeywell where I then worked. Three months of strep throat and sixty hours at the office halted my continuing ed. Deflated, disappointed, and miserable it didn't take long to discover that no matter where I worked as a secretary the pay stunk.
Then one day I found my way into an office job as a police secretary in a Twin Cities suburb and it came with a small pay increase. Once passing State certification requirements, I data entered report after report, entered runaways, stolen vehicles and property, typed police reports and correspondence, engraining my memory chips with state statutes and the law. I always fell behind on the dreaded filing but as cases poured in, the workload increased, the salary stayed the same, and I found myself jaded by more red tape and once again miserable. Nevertheless, that little, intriguing radio next to my typewriter--not a computer--on the desk had captivated my attention. It monitored the 'main', as in the main dispatch channel for the cops. Every day I listened to Hennepin County dispatchers airing calls for police response to every possible situation.
I got to know those dispatchers via landline, and eventually a sergeant asked me if I would be interested in part time work as a clerk working Channel 3. WOW, what's that?? The County was looking for State certified individuals who could fill in during vacation, sick leave, and training on a 24/7 basis for the full timers. The job was dispatching info to squads on suspects. In another words, if a squad pulled you over, the cop radioed in to run a DL/2000, all-around, or Nicky 2000. Nicky stands for NCIC, 2000 indicated Hennepin County, and all-around meant everything everywhere that I could dig up on you. DL is your driver's license. If you happen to have some property in your car that didn't come with a good explanation, I ran serial numbers to find out if you were in possession of stolen property. They had my interest! Of course I went for it and quickly learned how much I loved working the radio and mid shift (3-11 PM). I also realized for the first time how much I hated secretarial work, office politics and day shift.
Eventually I landed a job with the City of Minneapolis as a verbatim police typist, which paid a lot more to sit and listen to a cop tell the details of his arrest. I no longer had to work two jobs to support myself and was good at the verbatim thing simply because I could type fast--120 WPM, which really came in handy on a hot city night filled with crime. But we rotated shifts every month and the worst was coming off dogwatch into days. The switchover only allowed one day off in between. Getting off at 6:30 AM and returning 24 hours later at 6:30 AM was a killer as was rising in the middle of the night to get to work. Home was a 40-mile drive one way. Enter Minneapolis 911 with permanent shifts. YES!! I applied and got the job working my favorite shift and get this, they gave me a lot more money too. What I hadn't banked on was the excessive overtime and moved back into the city to save driv
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