Ro's Handle

A Ro Delahanty Novel

Fiction - Crime
249 Pages
Reviewed on 11/01/2021
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Author Biography

Author Dave Lager is the pen name of Dave Ramacitti. The pen name is actually a derivative of a pet name used for her brother by his real-life sister, not unlike Ro's unique name for Tuck, her brother.

Theoretically, Dave is the Author of the Ro Delahanty novels. However, it feels more like he is the one transcribing as Ro dictates to him her story of finding herself in dangerous situations and discovering what it means to be a cop and a warrior. She is not reluctant to wake him up in the middle of the night with an idea for a new chapter.

Three novels in the Ro Delahanty series are now available: "Ro's Handle," "Hear Evil," and "Losses" The fourth, "Secrets Never End," should be released early 2022, while the fifth, "Secrets Never End: Revelations" should be out later in 2022. Dave has made his career in journalism and marketing and published several books under his given name for the small business market.

Dave and his wife married nearly thirty years and are best friends, along with an 80% cute 20% brat puppy named Sofie and a laconic cat named Mr. Squeaks, all reside in Western Illinois alongside the beautiful Mississippi River.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

Ro’s Handle by Dave Lager follows the deputy’s ambitions and exploits. At the tender age of ten, Ro knew she wanted to become a cop. She followed up on that dream and was the best shooter in Iowa before she was twenty-one years old. Ro was a black belt judo champion and clocked two years as a dispatcher with the Fort Armstrong County Sheriff’s Department. Moving forward, she became a deputy and took over from Corporal Battisen after he retired. However, Ro must prove that she deserves a seat at the table. A fulfilling day at the gun range turned into a nightmare when she faced four heavily armed perps who came to steal. Her life hung in the balance. What would it be? Flight or fight?

Ro’s Handle by Dave Lager is the first installment in the Ro Delahanty adventure series. This book was fun and action-packed. The plot and storyline laid a captivating foundation for the subsequent sequels. I love heroines, especially ones who conquer on their feet. Ro’s ability to compartmentalize, think rationally, and get the job done made her almost invulnerable. But seeing her bond with Frank, Atti, Tuck, and her parents showed me a balanced character. This novel also sheds light on the attitude to work. While Battisen came to earn his daily bread, Ro was there to make a positive change. It is common knowledge that women always had to prove themselves deserving, especially in male-dominated fields. I want to tell every woman putting in the work that “You’re killing it!” Thank you for a beautiful book, Dave.