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Reviewed: Feb 12, 2009

Cop Out by Robert Davis
iUniverse, Inc, January 2007
178 Pages, Paperback, $15.95
ISBN: 0595425437
Genre: Self-Help

RAW Rating: 5.0 (out of 5)

Robert Davis was born in New Orleans and lived with his eight siblings and his grandmother. His father disappeared before any of the children could even remember him and his mother was also missing in action. His grandmother always told him, ‘do the right thing.’ Instead, Robert began supplementing her income by working for chop shops, which buy stolen auto parts. He did a few other things that were not legal before joining the New Orleans Police Department and becoming an officer. He was quite young and when paired with older, corrupt officers and he began to follow their lead, only he got caught because a girl he was pressuring told on him. He and his wife fled to Canada so he could avoid prosecution. Apparently, it was too much for her because she packed up and left. That’s when he knew he’d have to live in the forest. He bought books on survival, camping gear, guns and knives and began to carve out his life in the woods.
Later he moved back to the United States and lived either in homeless shelters or in the woods. During his time on the run, he met several influential people – politicians, a priest who helped him considerably and others. He met a man named Lee, but his atheism upset Lee and caused him to move on. Finally, after some experiences in the forest that convinced him God was real, he knew he’d have to turn himself in and he held out hopes of finding Lee again.
COP OUT by Robert Davis is a stirring and uplifting story of why you should ‘do the right thing.’ Not only does he do an excellent job of telling his story, he gives wonderful advice at the end to children, teens, parents and the police department on how not to do the wrong thing. His story is full of tension and suspense, as well as good advice. It is a book that should be read by everyone.

Reviewed by alice Holman,
Alice Holman is an avid reader, a writer and a community activist. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband Ray and her little dog Boo.

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