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Transcribed from Amazon verified purchase July 9, 2017, 5 Stars

This book, told from the perspective of a young police officer working in San Francisco and then in Santa Cruz, is a clear eyed view of life in 70's history. He sheds light on a period I remember well, and reaffirming my memory of the 1970's as a decade of major change, increased freedoms and excitement, and grisly crimes. Things often felt like they were spinning out of control.

The author's stories begin after the period in San Francisco of love and flower power. He tells of a time of serial murders and war on authority and cops in the 70's. The world and San Francisco were changing, and he offers an honest look at that change from behind the wheel of a black and white. The author's very personal police perspective and gives welcome and fresh insight to the decade, not often available from historians and journalists.

It is an enjoyable and first hand read and I really enjoyed the trip back to the 70's.

Deborah Bueche, Ann Arbor, MI




Transcribed from email post July 10, 2017.

Just finished Code 33 and I wanted to say how much I enjoyed it. The book was an easy read and quite interesting. No doubt that Tom Wamsley had a exciting 10 years as a cop.

Chuck Watkins, Charleston, SC


Testimonial transcribed from email on May 27,2017

Message body:
It is not often you get book you honestly don't want to close until you finish it. Though my busy life
made finishing this compelling book in a sitting impossible, I kept thinking about it and looking forward to getting back to it in the interims. Author Tom Wamsley just drew me into his life as a cop and detective. I mean, he so clearly defines the often hair-raising crimes he was called to deal with and his own personal emotions in the process that I was right there dealing with it all myself. What a great book! Wamsley's in-your-face, matter of fact recounting of the actual crimes and the criminals involved in them, gave me a whole new understanding of police work. Cops like Wamsley actually risk their lives every time they are called to investigate a crime, and as his book relates, even sometimes routine calls can explode into something death-defying. I also appreciate the occasional narrative on the absurdity and humor that he sometimes encounters on the job. "Code 33" is a great read from the beginning to end and it educated me about the necessary courage and intelligence required in the police profession. I highly recommend this anthology of crime and punishment for everyone. it would be a valuable addition to any high school library or as an online study.

Rev. Jack Groverland
Author, The Ego Wars and Miracles Made Easy

About the Author

THOMAS WAMSLEY was privileged to serve as a law enforcement officer with the San Francisco Police Department and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department throughout the 1970s.

After leaving law enforcement, he had a successful career in sales and management. Although he is retired from the world of business, he enjoys reading, writing, hiking, and spending time with his large family. He currently lives with his wife in the Wild West, which is not nearly as wild as San Francisco and Santa Cruz were in the 1970s.

Chapter Previews

As the patrol car made the turn, we immediately saw a bare-chested, skinny young man with long, scraggly blonde hair. His hands were held high in the air. He appeared to be staggering and dazed as he walked down the middle of the street, and he had what looked like a bullet hole in the upper left side of his chest. Blood was oozing out of the hole, running down his chest and onto his jeans, which hung loosely around his thin waist. As we approached the… (Chapter 2, Page 8 — Code 33: True California Cop Stories from the 1970s)

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