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September Interviews

9/2 Dianne Freeman, A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder

9/9 Ellen Byron, Murder in the Bayou Boneyard

9/16 Marilyn Levinson, writing as Allison Brook, Checked Out for Murder

9/23 Rhys Bowen, The Last Mrs. Summers

9/30 Sherry Harris, From Beer To Eternity

September Guest Bloggers

9/19 Judy Alter

WWK Weekend Bloggers

9/5 V. M. Burns

9/12 Jennifer J. Chow

9/26 Kait Carson


For The Love Of Lobster Tales by Shari Randall is now available to download free for a limited time. Go to Black Cat Mysteries at: https://bcmystery.com/ to get your free copy! Thanks for the freebie, Shari.

Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!

Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!

Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


Friday, August 29, 2014

400 Things; A book review

400 THINGS COPS KNOW by Adam Plantinga is another book from Quill Driver Books that will join Books, Crooks and Counselors by Leslie Budewitz and others in my personal reference library.  Plantinga spent thirteen years as a patrol officer, which he boiled down to observations about life as a street cop, which are practical and blunt when they aren’t funny, heart-rending or chilling. 
As a writer, my next manuscript with a police officer as character will be checked against this book to see if I have avoided the errors that pop us so frequently when the uninformed try to write about the uniformed.  Do you know how Columbine changed the responses of police departments all over the United States?  I do because I read this book and it is just the sort of detail that a cop might drop into conversation with a citizen.  It is also the sort of detail that adds a sense of authenticity to a piece of writing. 
About the importance of teamwork the author writes, “…if some citizen feels the need to challenge you on why it took seven officers to take the lone suspect into custody the answer is because eight weren’t available.”  I remember a news conference in which a police spokesperson was asked why so many shots (Sorry, I don’t remember the exact number.) were fired by a group of officers at a gunman who first opened fire on a police unit.  The spokesperson answered in effect — eventually you run out of bullets. 
Why do cops toss their cups of coffee out the windows of their squad car when they get a high priority call?  Can a car with a powerful engine outrun a cop car?  (You may notice I ask questions but I don’t provide answers.) 400 THINGS COPS KNOW provides answers as well as giving hints about how an experienced officer might answer question since an experienced officer wrote the book.  I highly recommend this book.


Jim Jackson said...

Sounds like a useful reference manual.

~ Jim

Unknown said...

Hadn't heard of this book. Must check it out. Thanks for the information. Joe

KM Rockwood said...

This does sound like a good reference. I tend to ask questions of a brother who is a cop (several years on NYPD, patrolling Times Square, midnight shift) and a brother-in-law who just retired. But it would be handy to have more info at my fingertips.

One comment they both made--the number of times a suspect has been shot has gone up tremendously since police were issued automatic weapons. On their old service pieces, you had to pull the trigger deliberately for each shot. With an automatic, you squeeze and it keeps firing until you either let go or you run out. In a tense situation,e specially where someone keeps coming at you, the natural tendency is to not let up on the trigger.

E. B. Davis said...

Not one answer, Warren? Just give us one, okay? This sounds like a must read for mystery writers. Thanks for the review and recommendation, but give us one answer! (Yes, I am whining.)

carla said...

E.B. is right. Answer the coffee question at least!

Jenny Milchman said...

Great recommendation! Thanks, Warren!

Gloria Alden said...

Warren, a good recommendation for mystery writers. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Kara Cerise said...

I'd like to know the answer to the coffee question, too. Thanks for the book recommendation, Warren.

Peter DiChellis said...

Sounds great, thanks. FYI, I found some free-to-read sample chapters, about 30 pages. Google: sample new book 400 things cops know or copy and paste the (very long) URL:

Joyce A. said...

Thanks, Peter, I'll read the sample first. Thanks, Warren. It sounds like a good reference.

Old Fogey said...

Thank you, Warrren…since I write police procedurals, new reference books are always helpful.

Shannon J said...

Because when you're driving that fast, the last thing you want is a lapful of hot coffee. And I'm married to a cop, so I know that coffee goes out, and so do ice cream cones! :(