Item description for Snitch (The Occupational Hazards) by Rene Gutteridge...
Overview Wacky characters, sincere faith, and surprising plot twists are blended in this second novel in the Occupational Hazards series, in which a Las Vegas police sergeant agrees to slip off the retirement track to head up an undercover task force. Original.
Publishers Description Convinced he has a greater chance to die-of boredom-at his desk job than he ever faced in narcotics, Las Vegas police sergeant Ron Yeager agrees to slip off the retirement track long enough to head up an undercover task force designed to combat the recent surge in auto thefts. Then he meets his inexperienced team of officers, most of whom seem completely incapable of infiltrating the seamy underbelly of Sin City. In particular, Mackenzie "Mack" Hazard's determination to wear her faith like a badge threatens to send Yeager's blood pressure skyrocketing. And then there's maverick Jesse Lunden, who thinks he's learned all he needs to know in his three years of undercover work. As Yeager gambles his reputation on transforming this group of egos and eccentrics into a force to be reckoned with, he stumbles onto a much bigger scheme than anyone expected. This could be the showstopper of their careers-if his back doesn't give out first. This second book in the Occupational Hazards series blends wacky characters, sincere faith, and surprising plot twists into one hilariously addictive read.
Citations And Professional Reviews Snitch (The Occupational Hazards) by Rene Gutteridge has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 05/01/2007 page 74
Library Journal - 06/01/2007 page 103
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.24" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.91" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2007
Publisher WaterBrook Press
Series Occupational Hazards
Series Number 2
ISBN 1400071585 ISBN13 9781400071586
Availability 0 units.
More About Rene Gutteridge
Rene Gutteridge is the author of several novels including Ghost Writer, the Boo series, and the Occupational Hazard novels. She is a published playwright with a degree in screenwriting and a decade of experience writing, directing, and publishing church comedy sketches. Rene is married to Sean, a musician, and is the mother of two. She is a fulltime novelist who lives and writes in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Rene Gutteridge currently resides in the state of Oklahoma.
Rene Gutteridge has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Snitch (The Occupational Hazards)?
A fun story with zany characters Feb 8, 2009
LVPD property crimes captain, Laura Gates, has a chance to prove to the narcotics division that keeping her off the team was a big mistake. Gates pulls together undercover task force of relatively inexperienced officers and calls upon former undercover officer, sergeant Ron Yeager to lead the team. Less than 2 years from retirement Yeager is not sure he's the man for the job but Gates convinces him to take accept the position.
When assembled the team seems more like the Keystone cops with members like "Wiz" who has an unusually small bladder, "Dozer" who falls asleep at any given moment and "Mack" a female cop who wears her faith like a badge. Somehow Yeager has to train his team and make the bust that will bring Gates the respect she deserves in the eyes of the narcotics division.
This is second book in the Occupational Hazards series but stands alone as I have not yet read Scoop (The Occupational Hazards Series #1) which includes Mack's sister, Hayden. What I liked about the book is that although Mack is the character that ties the series together the story wasn't focused solely on her. Gutteridge weaves together a great story using off the wall characters that liven up the plot with humor and wackiness throughout. It's hard to categorize this one but I'd say if you love Christian fiction, chick lit and suspense books you'll love this book.
Very few can pull this off well Aug 12, 2008
There are plenty of funny books on the market, but there are very few that can actually make me laugh out loud as I'm reading. Gutteridge also has a talent for weaving all of the characters together in such a way that turning the page becomes a necessity.
Even better than the first book...4 - maybe 4.5 stars... Jun 24, 2008
Snitch, the second entry in The Occupational Hazards series, continues to follow the humorous misadventures of the Hazard siblings as they enter the workforce following their parents' deaths and the dissolution of the family clown business. This time, daughter Mackenzie - who prefers to be known as "Mack" - takes center stage as an officer with the Las Vegas Police Department who dreams of working undercover. Her dedication catches the attention of Captain Laura Gates, who selects Mack for an task force dedicated to breaking up an auto theft ring. With little training and a personality distinctly lacking in guile, Mack is thrust onto a rag-tag team where her vibrant faith often makes her stand out.
However, even the most experienced team members bring baggage to the task force. Leader Ron is just shy of retirement but desperate to seize one last chance at a high-profile assignment. Jesse, the most experienced officer, has his heart set on working in narcotics and not property crimes. He masks his uncertainties with a grating bravado and aversion to taking orders that marks him as a "wild card." And then there's Kevin, who mysteriously seems the most ill-equipped to handle undercover work. When the assignment turns out to be much bigger and more dangerous than anyone dreamed, can this rag-tag group of officers rise to the occasion and bring down the bad guys?
I think Snitch is a much better read than its news-themed predecessor, Scoop (Occupational Hazards, Book 1). Mack is a much better-rounded, more interesting, and less "cardboard" character than the previously featured Hayden. Gutteridge does a hilarious job dealing with Mack's quirks - like her quick temper - and a better job of presenting Mack's faith and homeschool background without feeling like she's brushing the fringes of cheesy stereotyping. Each ensemble member also benefits from stronger characterizations - I particularly enjoyed Gutteridge's portrayal of Ron's marriage. She does a terrific job of not only portraying Ron's work drive but also gives equal, insightful time to the challenges that face a marriage when one member thrives on a high-risk occupation. Since I'm a series reader, I would've preferred if Snitch had skipped recapping the Hazard parents' funeral (this time from Mack's point-of-view). This opening was so similar to Scoop's that it felt redundant as a result I had a harder time getting into the story - however for non-series readers this shouldn't be an issue. Strong character development coupled with brisk plotting, snappy dialogue, and hilarious, laugh-out-loud humor make Snitch a winning entry in The Occupational Hazards series.
An ensemble comedy full of quirky characters Apr 2, 2008
Rene Gutteridge's Occupational Hazard series returns with Snitch, a book featuring Mack Hazard as an undercover police officer in Las Vegas. The great thing about the first book in the series, Scoop, and in this one, is that it is a comedy with an ensemble cast. Also, beneath the quirky characters and outlandish situations, there is tense drama and a solid suspenseful plot.
Laura Gates is setting up an undercover unit to bust an auto theft ring. The unit will be small, and Gates insists it must include Mack Hazard, a young cop that wears her Christian faith on her sleeve. The assembled unit will be lead by Ron Yeager. Yeager is riding out the few years to retirement behind the desk. He reluctantly agrees to head the task force but soons find himself drawn back to the undercover work, much to his wife Nan's worrisome dismay. The task force contains a few other odd characters, including Dozer, who falls a sleep at random times, and Wiz, who has to go to the bathroom a lot.
The plot moves quickly as the group trains, then devises a plan to catch the auto theft ring. As the plot moves along it becomes apparent that Gates had another motive for setting up the undercover unit. Yeager must deal with his wife's worries about his health and the danger of going back undercover. Jesse, the experienced undercover office from a nearby town, is the hero of the novel, teaching the group his methods and at time rebelling against his boss.
I really enjoyed this fast paced novel. The many characters kept the plot moving and each scene offered something new and interesting. I have a few complaints. The novel is set in Vegas, but could have been an any big city. Vegas wasn't really much of the plot. Also, Mack Hazard, as the main character, shows little other than her intense Christianity. I wish she had a little more depth, especially relating to the weak, pushover, wannabe under cover cop pastor named Kyle.
Gutteridge is a good comedy writer, and with her background in suspense from the Storm seires, she is able to give this novel some added realism. Fans of the Boo series will definitely enjoy and I'm curious to see how the next book, Skid, plays out with Mack's brother, Hank.
Fun romp through the world of crime Oct 24, 2007
I just finished Snitch, the second in the Hazards series by Renee Gutteridge. Renee's fine-tuned sense of humor shines through again in this fun book. Renee pulls together a cast of characters filled with quirks and puts them in an impossible situation. How are a bunch of untrained undercover cops supposed to penetrate and bust a stolen cars ring in six months? If that wasn't hard enough, she adds another level to the complexity.
The author does a great job of putting characters together who have nothing in common and watching the sparks fly. The book starts a teeny bit slow and then races to the end. And the slowness in the beginning is simply the creation of the task force. Once that's done, the book pulled me through.
If you enjoy books with a touch of sass, you'll enjoy this one.