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Life is a culmination of choices
By Herman L. Hinton
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:12:20 AM

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In my recently published mild-mannered novel, Hidden Relationships of the Homicide Detective, thirty years of law enforcement, seeing teenagers and adults from all walks of life suffer, or even killed because of bad choices that were made inspired me to put "pen to pad." Police procedure details add depth to this story about keeping the family together. Actually my desire to write this book was three-fold.

Firstly, to plant seeds that will help restore the concept of family. The family today is a broken vehicle that needs emergency help. It's about each of us doing our part to bring it back to the forefront of the spectrum.

During my law enforcement career with the Birmingham, Alabama Police Department, I served as an Officer, Detective, Supervisor, and Administrator. As I got closer to retirement, I began to reflect on my empirical view on how the family, which is the cornerstone of this country, is fading fast because of bad choices made by selfish parents and a few incorrigible children.

I did say a few children because most of our children that I've encountered want boundaries. They hunger for them; they long for them; they need them and they are depending on us to minister to them. One bad decision, if not dealt with properly, almost always lead to another. I know you've heard the adage: "experience is good teacher," but I venture to say it's not necessarily the best teacher.

I believe that adults and teens alike can garner great experience simply by listening keenly and learning from life lessons traveled by others. We don't need more laws, or rules and regulations. Just enforce the ones on the books. We simply need more parents to take ownership by getting involved with their children and leading by example. And please, nothing fancy! Let's just get back to plain old "blocking and tackling," very basic parenting.

Secondly, I want to convey to victims of violent crime that they are an invaluable part of the justice system and not just pawns used by officers to round up and remove violent offenders from our streets.

Detectives should have an agape for victims and their families that is esoteric to their profession. In some instances detectives care and show more concern than some of the family members. Still, I encourage investigators not to become personally involved in any of their cases.

And thirdly I would like for people to know a little more about some of the work that detectives do behind the scene other than make arrests. The taking of a human life is still the most egregious crime known to man. And contrary to popular belief, a thorough investigation takes more than the customary hour that we see on television. There is a special body of work that goes into each investigation along with several nuances that will never show up in the box score. Most of the Investigators that I know never give up on a case, irrespective of the victim, even though most of the time it takes a lot longer to solve cases than we'd like.

In "Hidden Relationships of the Homicide Detective," each one of these believable characters tells a morality story of sorts regarding how an individual's life choices can bring on either disaster or honor.

In this modern day Alabama novel there is plenty to glean from Sergeant Terrell Wilcox's secret connections about life, loss, and kinship.

Herman L. Hinton

Herman L. Hinton
is a retired deputy chief of investigations who oversaw 130 detectives, supervisors and commanders in the Birmingham Police Department. His 30-year career in law enforcement also included supervising homicide, sex crime and domestic violence units. He wrote his first book "Life is So Simple When We Choose to Live God's Way" after a serious gunshot wound and the self-assessment of his own life. He resides in Alabama with his wife and four children.

"Hidden Relationships of the Homicide Detective"
By: Herman L. Hinton
ISBN: 978-1-4931-1205-0
Hardcover retail price: $29.99
Softcover retail price: $14.66
E-book retail price: $3.99

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