Google cannot, as we go to print, define the term Horse's Arse. Which is a bit of a shame really, because I needed to clarify one or two things before I added my two-pennyworth to this piece of literary genius.
As an ex-officer myself, I was often exposed to 'that' term, which was indicative of a situation that was, well, not very nice. Okay, a pile of shite! Unpleasant at the best! This is a bit of a contradiction of the title really! Horse's Arse, here, refers to a fictitious Hertfordshire town (and there are many that fit the bill!) that is an equally unpleasant a place to live as it is to police!
"Horse's Arse" - the book is anything but!
If you enjoy sheer unadulterated, 'Tom Sharpe-like' humour then, this is for you!
There are not enough superlatives to describe this book. It is hilarious from the start. You immediately identify with the characters therein and from then on it's a roller-coaster ride of rip-roaring, laugh-a-minute, humour, angst, humour, shock, humour, tears, humour, joy and, yes, humour.
I don't want to use the obvious, "I couldn't put it down" cliche here(Dang! done it!) but, this is the only book that I have finished in the past year! (No, it didn't take me a year to read it!)
At Horse's Arse Division, your 'local' police force ( "here to serve", now remember!) do it in a questionable style, by today's tolerances, however, and a BIG however, if you are of an age when you can remember either, being clipped around the ear by your local bobby, or indeed, DOING the clipping - then you will identify with this book. (One cannot help but wonder whether some, if not all, of the stories here are absolutely true.)
If downright humour, blantant piss-taking and political in-correctness is not you - then DO NOT buy this book and go read the Radio Times instead!
If only the police service, and life itself, were like this today!
I'm looking forward to the TV series!