I guess I was in the mood for police dramas this week with the digital shorts. East Coast is 8720 words of police action and family drama. I am going to go right to the author’s synopsis on this one: ”EAST COAST is THE WIRE in a rural setting as RCMP Sgt. Jerry Northup works to keep his narcotics squad motivated in the seemingly unwinnable war on drugs while raising three kids with his wife, Isobel.” I have not seen the television show The Wire, you may groan now , I understand. Maybe one day on DVD or Blu-ray, who knows, so I can’t say whether it is an accurate comparison, East Coast vs. The Wire.
I enjoyed the way McFetridge humanized the officers in this digital short. I know a few officers around town. I know they are family men, and it was refreshing to read the way McFetridge had them make choices, see things maybe in a different reality then we as “normal” people do on a daily basis. The choices the officers have to make as fathers and husbands, the way they have to weigh someone’s existence, the perps, in the scheme of things were refreshing. I thought his narrative was the strong part of the digital short, without that I feel the plotline would not have worked as well. East Coast packs a lot of life’s choices into its 8700 words.
This digital short is free, no cost, so no loss, only your time if you feel I am off my game. Give him a try. I asked John if he had anything to add & he had this to say:
“If I was going to add anything it would be that after I worked as a writer on the TV show The Bridge (which only lasted two weeks on CBS) I wrote this story as the pilot script for a TV show I was pitching and then turned it into a short story. And I may write more 'episodes' as short stories.”
Here are the different links for the author and Smashwords:
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