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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gina Gallo  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1954 in Chicago, IL.

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Illinois Connection

A Chicago native, Gallo was a member the of the Chicago Police Department and a clinical thereapist at the Chicago Department of Mental Health.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gallo attended Eastern Illinois University and obtained a two-year certificate for the American Academy of Art. She is a featured writer for NYCOP Online and a regular on The Her stories have appeared in police-oriented and mainstream magazines both nationally and abroad. Gallo is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters-In-Crime, and The International Association of Crime Writers.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Crime Scenes
ISBN: 0967880912

Blue Murder Pr. 2000

Brace yourself for Crime Scenes, a collection of stories about the police experience, the street, and both ends of the smoking gun. A cop since 1982, author Gina Gallo has 'walked the walk' in uniform and undercover through Chicago's tough inner city West Side. Guns, gangs, narcotics, and prostitutes are all part of the business du jour in Gallo's world, re-created here in searing images.

These gritty tales, as told through the eyes of cops, criminals, and victims, are alternately shocking, heartbreaking, and humorous--a rare cop's-eye view of what's beyond the crime scene tape.

Smell the gunpowder, taste the fear, and feel the wide pounding of your own tripping pulse.

"I'm ready for whatever comes. Dressed to thrill in blood-red silk, deep as the heart of darkness that exposes my pale skin and bright, ripe promise--both of which might be broken later tonight. He can do that. Diablo is a greedy devil who uses his powers to suit his needs. His desires will orchestrate our dance, though it's my insistence that brings me here, and keeps me waiting...

Yet even in this fetid darkness, I know that there are angels around. No undercover cop works without backup, and mine are at this bar, lurking in the shadows. But I'm the designated offering, the bait. Waiting for the man who calls himself Diablo to walk through the door."

Armed and Dangerous: Memoirs of a Chicago Policewoman (Illinois)
ISBN: 0312878907

Forge Books. 2002

The critically acclaimed memoirs of one female police officer's sixteen-year odyssey, beginning with day one at the Police Academy and spanning assignments on Chicago's West Side, one of the most dangerous areas in the city.

The notorious cops' code of silence is broken as the author recounts incidents in the West Side projects: shoot-outs, ambushes, and what it feels like to kill a man―just four days out of the Academy.

The stories told are sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, often poignant, and always provide the reader with an on the scene feel for life behind the badge. Domestic violence, murdered spouses, abused children, and philandering CPD brass are just some of the topics addressed, topics that officer Gallo dealt with everyday.

From her work with gangs, narcotics, the gun task force, and acting as a prostitute, Gina Gallo offers a gritty account of the darker side of the city, giving readers an objective side to the cops, crooks, and victims that comprise a the police cops world.



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Contact Information

Agent - Michael Congdon Don Congdon Associates 156 5th Avenue, Suite 625 New York, New York 10010-7002 Phone 212.645.1229 Fax 212.727.2688