“Black, White, and Gray All Over: A Black Man’s Odyssey in Life and Law Enforcement” is a multi-award-winning memoir written by Frederick Douglass Reynolds. It is also the BREW Readers’ Choice Award winner for April 2022.

Book Details

  • Title: Black, White, and Gray All Over: A Black Man’s Odyssey in Life and Law Enforcement
  • Author: Frederick Douglass Reynolds
  • Genre: Non-Fiction (Memoir)
  • Theme: Law Enforcement
  • Publication Date: 12 October 2021 by Mindstir Media
  • ISBN or ASIN: B09JF9VB4Z
  • Number of Pages: 396
  • Minimum Audience Age: 18

Book Themes

(Note: 0=none, 1=a few, 2=considerable, 3=pronounced, 4=excessive)

  • Sexual themes: 1
  • Religious themes: 0
  • Violence, self-harm, etc.: 3
  • Crude language, expletives, swearing, etc.: 2
  • Other adult themes: 2


This book is a fascinating ride-along with a Black police officer. Travel back to the 1980s and 1990s in one of the most gang-infested cities in America – Compton, California. Be left with a bird’s eye view into the greed that drives small-town politics. Take a peek at the greed that drives corruption in law enforcement. Feel both the subtleness of racism intertwined with the overtness of apathy for the inner-city communities by those charged with protecting them.

Although written by a retired police officer, this book is far more than just “cop stories.” Instead, it is a looking glass into life in ways that had not been thought of before.

When Frederick Douglass Reynolds was younger, he found himself on a path of destruction. At that time, he lived on the streets. He dealt with drugs and gangs. He even ended up in jail. Oddly enough, he chose to become a police officer. As a Black man, he also found himself on both sides of the law. Basing on his experiences, he was able to write with a truly unique perspective and transparency to readers. With this tome, he highlights the intricacies of how society works in different ways for different situations. Regardless of mistakes in his life, Reynolds eventually shows it’s possible to turn one’s life around. He illustrates how someone can do some good if willing to make that change.

No matter what someone’s gender, race, or political views are, any reader will be able to take these life experiences and learn the reality of racism in America through the author’s eyes and by walking in his footsteps.

FDR, 11 April 2022


  • American Writing Award winner
  • BookFest Award winner
  • International Impact Award winner
  • Literary Titan Award winner
  • Reader Views Reviewers Choice Gold Award winner
  • Reader’s Favourites Book Viral Crimson Quill Award winner
  • Reader’s Choice Award nominee
  • Chanticleer Journey Award finalist
  • Best Thriller Award finalist
  • The Wishing Shelf Book Awards finalist
  • Self-Publishing Award finalist

The author or the publisher provided the above information.

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  1. […] “Black, White, and Gray All Over: A Black Man’s Odyssey in Life and Law Enforcement&#822… is Frederick Douglass Reynolds’ award-winning memoir, sketching his life as a police officer at Compton PD. He discusses his experiences of working with violent criminals. The book also predominantly features issues such as a corrupt system and frequent racial discrimination. […]