Authors Spotlight: Quintin Peterson

Guarding Shakespeare by Quintin Peterson

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The Folger Shakespeare Library is the world’s largest repository of Shakespearean and English Renaissance books, manuscripts, and objects d’art. Nobody alive knows the library better than Special Police Officer Lt. Norman Blalock; he’s been guarding it for 25 years. That’s why he is the perfect candidate to pull off an inside job and heist from the library’s underground bank vault a priceless artefact that can rock the foundation of English Literature…

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Michael A. Black
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Real Deal
May 17, 2015

Guarding Shakespeare is a cool little caper novel written by retired D.C. Metro police officer, Quintin Peterson. The plot centres on a wealthy fat cat’s obsession to obtain a priceless artefact, referred to as “Shakespeare’s Blackberry,” from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. Lt. Norman Blalock, who’s been guarding Shakespeare for the past twenty-five years, finds himself in the clutches of a beautiful femme fatale involving him the plot to steal the Blackberry. Peterson, who obviously knows both the tactics and the Folger Museum well, has weaved an interesting tale interspersed with delightful references to things ranging from the Bard himself to more modern cultural classics. For instance, comparisons are drawn between the Blackberry and the classic item everyone seeks, the MacGuffin, and allusions range from the fat cat villain’s manservant reminding Blalock of P.G. Wodehouse’s butler, Jeeves. More references include the classic movies of film noir, and great music (“The Girl From Ipanema” and D.C.’s own Duke Ellington). The charm of the story is in the conflict of the protagonist, who’s being pressured to betray his principles, even though he is not fully appreciated by his bosses. This one has more unexpected twists and turns than a road through the mountains. Great lines abound throughout, which further enhances the charm of this novel. It’s as light as a good, after dinner chardonnay. At one point Blalock describes himself to the femme fatale as a “Splenda Daddy―Sweet, but not the real thing.” Fortunately, the same can’t be said for Guarding Shakespeare. It’s the real deal all the way.

5.0 out of 5 stars
A great read!
February 16, 2015
This is a excellent read that you will not want to put down. Peterson utilizes his vast DC Police Department knowledge and writes a brilliant book. In addition he includes some very interesting points about the Shakespeare Theatre and historical artefacts that are amazing. The characters are well created and this book will have you constantly learning about the various landmarks in the DC Metro. You will find yourself ln “ah” moments and you will laugh in sheer delight as the story unfolds. Great read that I hated to see end. I immediately purchased other books by the author after reading this one.

ONeil DeNoux
5.0 out of 5 stars
A thinking-person’s Caper Story
September 18, 2015
I love a good caper story and was surprised at the twists put in by Quintin Peterson. Strong on setting and historical details as well as police knowledge makes the book a realistic and entertaining crime novel. The main character is flawed but not fatally and the vampish lead woman is no vamp, but bright and intelligent. The action is nonstop and drew me to read on and on. Really good book.

5.0 out of 5 stars
GUARDING SHAKESPEARE Does Not Disappoint. In Fact, It’s Terrific
January 10, 2014
Like most of Quintin Peterson’s writing, this book is very interesting, well plotted, well written, and draws upon his vast knowledge of crime, criminals and the working of the criminal mind learned in his many years as a Washington, DC cop. I read everything the author [who prefers to be called “Q”] publishes because I like books about or by cops, and Q’s are among the best out there.

I won’t say any more about Q’s story in this book so as not to spoil its freshness for the reader. Let me just say this: Do yourself a favor and read it, and then find the novels and other stories Q has already published and read them, too. You’ll be glad you did. I know I always am.

About The Author: Quintin Peterson

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Native Washingtonian Quintin Peterson is a retired District of Columbia police officer who served the public for three decades. He also is an artist and critically acclaimed author of crime fiction.

As a junior high school student, he attended the Corcoran School of Art on a scholarship. While still in high school, he was honored with the University of Wisconsin’s Science Fiction Writing Award, the National Council of Teachers of English Writing Award, and the Wisconsin Junior Academy’s Writing Achievement Award.

As an undergraduate communications major at the University of Wisconsin, he wrote and performed in two plays for stage and videotape and received a Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation grant for his play project, Change. A National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship and a play-writing grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities followed. Subsequently, two of his radio plays were aired on WPFW-FM Pacifica Radio as productions of the Minority Arts Ensemble’s Radio Drama Workshop ’79.

Mr. Peterson retired from the Metropolitan Police Department in April of 2010. He was assigned to the Office of Public Information as a media liaison officer. He also was a liaison between the department and members of the motion picture and television industries, acting as a script consultant and technical adviser on films including No Way Out, The Pelican Brief, In the Line of Fire, Absolute Power, Kiss the Girls, Naked Gun 2½, Minority Report, Enemy of the State, True Lies, National Treasure I and II, State of Play, The X-Files, Bones, Lie to Me, and Season 6 of 24. In December of 2010, he became an employee of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Department of Safety and Security.

He is the author of a book of poetry, Nativity, two novels, SIN and The Wages of SIN, and one novella, Guarding Shakespeare, a noir story about a plot to heist a priceless artifact from the Folger Shakespeare Library. He is a contributor to the crime fiction anthology D.C. Noir, edited by George Pelecanos; the John L. French edited crime fiction anthology, Bad Cop, No Donut: Tales of Police Behaving Badly; the anthology From Shadows and Nightmares, edited by Amber L. Campbell; the noir anthology To Hell in a Fast Car, edited by John L. French; the anthology Felons, Flames and Ambulance Rides, edited by Marilyn Olsen; and the noir anthology to benefit the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), Explosions: Stories of Our Landmined World, edited by Scott Bradley. He also has penned several Kindle Edition and Nook Books e-stories and his work is featured in Issue 3 of the British horror magazine SANITARIUM and Issues 2 and 4 of eNoir magazine (now known as Heater magazine). Also, Mr. Peterson is an Active Member of Mystery Writers of America and is on the Board of Directors of its Mid-Atlantic Chapter, and is also a member of Police Writers, International Thriller Writers, and the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA). Peterson received PSWA Writing Awards in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.


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