If you want to know what it really feels like to be a police officer in a college town this is the book for you. As the wife of a retired officer I felt like I was sitting with my husband after he got off work and was winding down. I recognized some of the incidences in the book as similar to the ones my husband talked about (of course names were changed to protect the innocent or maybe not so innocent). The characters are authentic (I actually recognized some of them). The ending was so unexpected that I actually gasped when I read it! I cried through the last nineteen pages of the book. I strongly encourage you to give The Retirement a try, especially if you like fiction based on real life.