THE BEACHSIDE PD BOOKS
Beachside PD is a series filled with tension, distinctive wit, unforgettable characters, and an intriguing romance. If you are a police procedural series fan who prefers a dose of realism along with hard-hitting action, and savvy dialogue, it’s guaranteed you’ll be wanting more from this unique father and son writing team.
With the ease of master story-tellers, this
unique father and son writing team brings you
into to the world of Beachside PD as they weave
intricate stories of reality-based crimes.
THE BEACHSIDE PD BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE AS PRINT AND ALL EBOOK FORMATS.
ABOUT BEACHSIDE CITY
If you look at the police
badge on the home page, it says that the city of
Beachside, Florida was established in 1861. That
is not true—the city of Beachside, Florida was
created in my head in 2010 when my son David and
I wrote the screenplay, The Reluctant Knight.
ABOUT BEACHSIDE PD
Beachside PD is a full service department including road patrol, detectives, SWAT units, as well as a noted forensics lab.
Danny Phillips, our Reluctant Knight, is an ambitious scoundrel who is determined to live the high life, but when his investment company on Wall Street crashes, he is forced to follow in his father’s footsteps as a police officer.
The last thing this charming scoundrel—whose only ambition is to drink bourbon and chase blondes—want to be is a cop, but when his old friend, Angelo Tedeschi, convinces him the city of Beachside is a ripe plum for guys like them, he reluctantly agrees. Thanks to the crooked Captain Hagen and his unexpected bravery in the line of duty, he is promoted to the rank of Detective Specialist in charge of the Missing Persons Bureau.
His complex relationship with fellow officer Anna Perez and an encounter with Rudy, a badly scarred young boy, slowly begins to soften his amoral behavior. But he hasn’t reached redemption yet and when he ignores a string of missing children cases, he is suspended from duty. Battling his inner demons, this flawed knight begins a quest to track down the perpetrator. Is it enough or is it too late?
Anna Perez, hired in the department’s push for diversity, moves up the ladder from road patrol to Road Training Officer to Detective Specialist. There is no glass ceiling for this beautiful and ambitious single parent as she juggles the job and her rambunctious teenage daughter, Elysa.
Anna is drawn to Danny Phillips but his reputation is blondes-only and she is a dark-haired child of Puerto Rico. Growing up in Aguadilla, her dream was to be an ice-skater. But at 5’7” she was judged to be too tall. Her marriage ended when she became pregnant and her husband left her—never again to be seen.
We meet Anna’s daughter, Elysa Perez, at age 15. Missing a strong male image she acts in a provocative fashion to older men. Given her blossoming beauty this is a path best not taken.
Among the other continuing characters are:
Lieutenant Mike Zaragossa, the Gypsy Hunter. He travels through their mysterious world dispensing justice for their victims and sometimes for them. The Gypsies call him Baro Ri which translates to Big Cop, a title of honor. He is not a Gypsy. He runs a small undercover squad that consists of Detective Sergeants Andy Bello and Valerie Gordon.
Chief Joshua Chambers Lawrence is originally is from Maine and he maintains his sometimes old-fashion ideas and habits. Initially he allows Captain Jimmy Hagen to run the department but eventually he becomes a hands-on chief.
Doctor Jenny Kuo, the Coroner & Head of the Beachside PD Forensics Lab. Jenny is a psychiatrist who retired from Beach County, as a profiler, to Beachside. Once there she took a part-time job as the coroner. She developed a first-class forensics lab when asked by Chief Chamberlain to do so. Her Crime Scene Investigators are considered to be the best in the county.
Sue-haye Rodriguez, is the senior CSI, is an expert at her job and has used forensics to solve several murders. She works very closely with the detectives.
Tasha Sanders, the Front Desk Sergeant. She is a divorced African-American mother of a teenage son. Tasha is capable, well-liked, and respected.
Detective Chief Inspector Aidan Fitzpatrick is considered to be the best detective on the force. He retired to Beachside after 20 years as an LAPD detective. He is also the head of the PBA.
The Seminole Indian characters all attend the fictional FSU Annex in Pembroke Pines and include:
Chocó tee “Johnny” Harjo who first met Danny and Anna while working as a bouncer at the Viper Room. He is a trusted friend and plays football for the school.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Tiger is Johnny’s fiancée.
Rosie Running Deer met Danny and Anna when they jump-started a search for her missing sister, Chrissie Grey Otter.
Sergeant Raymond Jimmie is a Seminole Police Officer who was a major part of the search for Rosie’s sister.
Also friends with the Seminole students are: Sam Mahina and his brother Dave Mahina. Two Samoans who work as bouncers at the Viper Room. They are trusted friends and also play football at the FSU Annex.
Among the recurring Gypsies are:
Enrique Grant is the leader of a Gypsy Family and often works with Mike Zaragossa.
James Grant is the son of Enrique.
Miguel Johnson is a Gypsy Confidential Informant for Mike Zaragossa. Despite that, he continues to run Gypsy scams with his two teenage cousins: Jaime Johnson and Jelisa Johnson.
Xylina Johnson, no relation to the above Johnsons, is a Gypsy who was sold, in marriage, by her father to an abusive family. She ran away and is working in the Original Pancake House while she is studying nursing. Zaragossa often stops in and helps her.
BEHIND THE SCENES: THE BEACHSIDE PD TEAM
Writing and publishing 4 novels, as well as almost a dozen screenplays, in 7 years is no easy task and it was only accomplished by a team. Writers, formatters, designers, publishers, teachers—not to mention the support of our resources: family, friends, the police officers who shared their stories, and of course are readers.
The series began when in 2009 son David, a full-time police officer and part-time actor, said to father Neil, recently retired and at loose ends. “Hey pops why don’t you write a screenplay for me.” And so the Beachside PD series started. Neil prefers novel writing, while David prefers screenplay writing.
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Createspace (Amazon) helped us to understand the
The Reluctant Knight we introduced a minor
Seminole character. In The Gypsy Hunter we had a
sub-plot concerning the kidnapping and murder of
a Seminole coed. As the books progressed these
young people are continued characters. Author
KiKi BelMonte-Schaller generously shared
information re Seminole life and culture
helping us to keep the character portrayals
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