The Fifth Reflection
Police psychologist Dr. Dot Meyerhoff is pulled into the vortex of a terrible crime involving an eccentric photographer whose images of nude children make her a prime suspect in the disappearance of her own daughter. The principal investigator in the case is a young officer whose dedication to work and obsession with finding the missing child is tearing his own family apart. Trapped between her allegiance to the investigator, her complicated connections to the photographer, and her unstable relationship with the police chief, Dot must find a way to help everyone involved. As Dot’s psychological expertise and determination contribute to solving the mystery, her involvement with the missing child’s extended, dysfunctional family brings her face-to-face with painful psychological issues of her own. The Fifth Reflection delivers a chilling, up-close look at the psychological strain of investigating Internet crimes against children, the complexities of being married to a cop, and the deadliness of jealousy.
Officer Randy Spelling had always wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father and brothers to become a police officer. Not long after joining the force, she shoots and kills Lakeisha Gibbs, a pregnant teenager, who is armed only with a cellphone. The community is outraged; Lakeisha’s family is vocal and vicious in their attacks. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and filled with remorse, Randy is desperate to apologize to the girl’s family. Everyone, including the police chief, warns her against this, but the young police officer will not be dissuaded. Her attempt is catastrophic. Her counselor, police psychologist, Dr. Dot Myerhoff, plunges into the investigation despite orders from the police chief to back off. Dot’s refusal to obey orders jeopardizes both her career and her life, as she enlists unlikely allies and unconventional undercover work to expose the tangled net of Officer Spelling’s disastrous course.
Finalist in the Thriller/Adventure category of the 2015 USA Best Book Awards
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Dot Meyerhoff has barely settled into her new job as a psychologist for the Kenilworth Police Department when Ben Gomez, a troubled young rookie that she is counseling, commits suicide without any warning and leaves a note blaming her. Overnight, her promising new start becomes a nightmare. At stake is her job, her reputation, her license to practice, and her already battered sense of self-worth. Dot resolves to find out not just what led Ben to kill himself, but why her psychologist ex-husband, the man she most wants to avoid, recommended that Ben be hired in the first place. Ben’s surviving family and everyone else connected to him are determined to keep Ben’s story a secret, by any means necessary. Even Ben, from the grave, has secrets to keep. Right from the start, Dot’s efforts get her into trouble. First she alienates Ben’s training officer, who is barely managing to hold onto his own job. With the police chief watching over her shoulder, she tries to help the officer with disastrous consequences. After reaching out to console Ben’s pregnant—and slightly sociopathic—widow, Dot winds up embroiled in the affairs of her incredibly dysfunctional family. Dot’s troubles are compounded by a post-divorce romance, the ex who still has a hold over her, and an unwelcome visit from his new wife. By the time she uncovers the real reasons behind Ben’s suicide and brings the people responsible to justice, Dot has not only resurrected belief in herself, she has also acquired some surprisingly useful new skills: impersonating a public official, burglary, and assault with a deadly weapon.
Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know
Grounded in clinical research, extensive experience, and deep familiarity with police culture, our book offers practical guidance for psychotherapists and counselors. Using real life stories from our practices, we depict the pressures and challenges of police work and explain the impact that line-of-duty issues can have on officers and their loved ones. Numerous concrete examples and tips show how to build rapport with cops, use a range of effective intervention strategies, and avoid common missteps and misconceptions. Approaches to working with frequently encountered clinical problems—such as substance abuse, depression, trauma, and marital conflict—are discussed in detail.
I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know
Nothing worth doing is easy—and that includes loving a cop. Being a member of the law enforcement community is a source of pride for officers and families alike. It can also be a source of worry. Will police work change the person you love? Are police marriages destined to fail? What are the chances of your loved one being killed in the line of duty? Separating fact from myth, I address these and other critical questions. After working with police officers and their families for more than 30 years I know practical ways to deal with the challenges that come with the territory. Go behind the scenes with other police families as they discuss the benefits and pitfalls of police work; learn how to manage the effects of organizational stress and the pressures of unpredictable schedules, long hours, worry and loneliness; gain awareness of the emotional, physical, and behavioral warning signs which can lead to such extreme situations as posttraumatic stress, alcoholism, suicide and intimate partner abuse; find out where and when to go for help and counseling; and get an inside look at cop couples and the special challenges facing women, minorities, and gays and lesbians on the force.
With 125,000 copies in print, I Love A Cop is used by hundreds of police academies, spousal academies, and departments around the country. Whether you read it from cover to cover or reach for it when problems arise, it is my hope “I Love a Cop” will be an indispensable tool that everyone in your family can depend on.
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I Love a Fire Fighter: What The Family Needs to Know
I patterned this book on the overwhelming success of I Love a Cop: What Police Families Need to Know. Challenging two-dimensional stereotypes, I write about fire fighters as I know them: complex men and women doing one of the world’s toughest jobs and trying to fit comfortably into two families — the one at the firehouse and the one at home. I Love a Fire Fighter takes you on a journey from stationhouse banter to four-alarm blaze, from a harrowing ride with paramedics to a family dealing with shift work. Along the way, I address the occupational health and safety issues as well as domestic concerns including unpredictable schedules, lack of communication, and anxiety. I use vivid anecdotes from my years as a public safety psychologist to show families how they can pull together when job stress threatens to spill over onto home turf. Each chapter comes with practical tips to shed light on what spouses and partners can do to help themselves, their mates, and their children live with the “best job in the world.
My books are available in hardcover, paperback, or ebook formats. My novels are also available as audiobooks. You can find them at your independent bookstore, public library, and online or in your local bookstores.