Gary Hastings retired in 2010 as an Assistant Chief of Police in Greensboro, North Carolina. He retired with nearly 32 years of service in the Greensboro Police Department and more than 34 years of total law enforcement service. He began his law enforcement career in 1976 as a police officer at East Carolina University and joined the Greensboro Police Department in 1978, graduating first in his police academy class. He had various assignments in patrol which included patrol sergeant and community policing sergeant, and he also served as a detective in the Criminal Investigation Division becoming the Greensboro Police Department’s first full-time arson investigator. Promoted to lieutenant, he served as a watch commander and division executive officer. Rising to the rank of captain, Gary served as the commanding officer of the Staff Services Division which included the crime lab and Information Technology Division. He was the commander of the Criminal Investigation Division for six years during which time he was responsible for investigating all major crimes and simultaneously served as the department’s media spokesman regarding major crimes. His expertise as a detective drew the attention of law enforcement agencies outside of the Greensboro PD, which resulted in his appointment to various state and federal task forces and his being deputized as a Special Deputy United States Marshal. During his career, Gary received: the Greensboro Police Department Life-Saving Medal: recognition for his investigative assistance from the United States Secret Service, United States Marshal’s Service, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and a number of local departments. Assistant Chief of Police Hastings, his highest and final rank with the Greensboro PD, served as the Bureau Commander of the Administrative Bureau, Patrol Bureau and Support Bureau. Mr. Hastings is an accomplished and widely known professional trumpet player who has traveled throughout the world in that capacity. Being a serious collector of law enforcement memorabilia for over thirty years, Mr. Hastings has now amassed one of the most extensive collections in existence.
In this third book in the New York Chief of Detectives Series, Gary Hastings takes us inside a major NYPD homicide investigation. Chief of Detectives Pat O’Connor sends an investigative team of crack New York City Detectives to rural Stokes County, North Carolina, where a body of a teenage girl, reported missing from New York City, is found buried in Hanging Rock State Park.
This investigation, being conducted by the Stokes County Sheriff and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, becomes complicated as jurisdictional issues and egos clash. Pat O’Connor is forced to navigate the challenges of a multi-jurisdictional investigation without compromising the integrity of their on-going efforts. The team searches for the identity of a suspect, who may be a serial killer, posing a serious threat to the streets of New York.
You are given a front row seat in this exciting investigation, as detectives seek to determine THE CAROLINA CONNECTION!
Gary Hastings takes us to the popular North Carolina coast for a non-stop novel of the Secret Service. Special Agent Frank Nolan is a veteran agent assigned to the Wilmington office. Following a lead from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Frank launches an investigation that leads to violent confrontations in Carolina Beach and beyond. You will find yourself in the front seat of an international investigation that reaches to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as Nolan and the men and women of the United States Secret Service try to prevent an assassination of the President of the United States.
George McBain continued his examination of the body and noticed a silver chain around the victim’s neck. It was covered in a plastic tube for comfort. George had seen these chains before and he could feel his heart pounding in his chest. He gently pulled out the chain and his fears were instantly realized. The chain was attached to a square leather case. On the front was an all- too-familiar sunburst gold shield lettered ‘City of New York Police Detective.’ George turned it over and read the NYPD identification identifying the victim as Detective Second Grade Anthony P. Rodriguez. NYPD Chief of Detectives Pat O’Connor leads a hand-selected team of veteran detectives in the investigation of the murder of one of their own a New York City Police Detective. Using his skill and powerful resources he negotiates the red tape and politics of New York City while refusing to compromise his relentless pursuit of the killer. New York Chief of Detectives puts you in the front seat of this major criminal investigation.