Fourteen-year-old Ashleigh Jarvis is so scared and running so fast that she doesn’t see the truck that knocks her down. Holly Blades is sixteen and a new type of policewoman – a T.P.O. or Trainee Police Officer – a new team of teenagers, recruited early and fast-tracked into the police force. After only two weeks on the job, Holly is first on the scene of the road traffic accident. But when her routine assignment of accompanying Ashleigh to hospital reveals a shocking secret about the young girl, Holly becomes convinced that there is more to the incident than she first thought. Unable to persuade her superiors that they should dig deeper however, Holly is forced to embark on a course of action which may reveal the truth, but which could also end her career in the police before it has really started…Gritty, gripping and completely compelling, “Street Duty” brings the very real world of the police force into the teen arena (taken from Amazon).
‘Street Duty, Case One: Knock Down‘ by Chris Ould is a great introduction to crime writing for YA. Although I dislike the stereotypical gang culture of the teenagers in this book, I still found it a good read. There are quite a lot of characters in the book, but I thought it was easy to keep track of them. I was intrigued by Ashleigh’s secret, and this made me keep reading. It was also quite refreshing to have a female heroine; and a police officer no less.
The ending was good, a nice twist to solve the crime! I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys YA crime fiction, and the gritty side of teenage life. I will be looking out for the next book in the series, ‘Street Duty, Case Two’ which is shown in the back of the book as being released in 2013. It seems some of the characters will be returning, so it would be nice to learn more about them. This is the first Chris Ould book I have read, and my copy was ordered in for me from the library.