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For decades, Trooper Steve Raabe patrolled some of the most desolate and dangerous highways in America. Alone in the remote Nevada desert, miles from any backup, Raabe was forced to contend with murderers, thieves, perverts, dope peddlers, and the occasional runaway train.

While often tragic and terrifying, Raabe's true tales also abound with his signature wit and playful good cheer. Policing can be a deadly serious business, but for Raabe it also entailed buying a prisoner an ice cream cone on a hot summer day, or laughing along with some good old boys before booking them into jail, as you'll discover in Patrolling the Heart of the West.


Praise for Patrolling the Heart of the West:


"Whether you have an interest in law enforcement, are a fan of all things Nevadan, or just want to enjoy a good book that you won’t want to put down once you start reading it, you’ll find Patrolling the Heart of the West to be a memorable read. Highly recommended."

     --Excerpt from Readers’ Favorite, review by Kimberlee J Benart

"Raabe's stories reflect “the good, the bad and the ugly” aspects of patrolling our highways. Patrolling the Heart of the West will bring a new appreciation for the unique role and responsibilities of state troopers, especially those who work in rural or remote areas."

     --G Paul Corbin, criminal justice professor and former chief of the Nevada Highway Patrol​​

"Patrolling the Heart of the West is a thoroughly entertaining and enlightening read. With a style reminiscent of the war stories exchanged during a law-enforcement family barbecue, Raabe's skill as a storyteller is evident as he imparts his wisdom and experience with a unique sense of humor, candor, and insightfulness."

     --Andy Brown (US Air Force Security Forces, retired), author of Warnings Unheeded: Twin Tragedies at Fairchild Air Force Base

"Told with great humor and compassion, Raabe's tales show us the heart behind the badge."

     --Michael Gurian, NY Times bestselling author of The Wonder of Boys

"Patrolling the Heart of the West is a quick, entertaining and informative glimpse into an important, sometimes dangerous career spent in a unique, little understood corner of the country."

     --Ed Pearce, Senior Reporter, KOLO-TV Reno

"Raabe tells his experiences with excellent accuracy, grace and wit. I couldn’t put the book down!"

     --Colonel Michael Hood, Nevada Highway Patrol


"Perhaps the most endearing police memoir yet written. As a son and brother of cops, I admire the humanity Raabe brings to each of these stories."

     --Jon Gosch, author of Deep Fire Rise



Patrolling the Heart of the West

SKU: 9780999707524
  • Available this June!


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