RARA-AVIS: More Angeleno Cop-Writers

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 28 Sep 2001

Her are three post-Wambaugh cops-turned-novelists from the LA area.

DALLAS BARNES An LAPD detective who worked both Narc and Homicide in the Roaring Southwest station, Barnes wrote three novels in the mid-70s featuring various members of the Southwest Divisional detective squad, "SEE THE WOMAN," BADGE OF HONOR, and YESTERDAY IS DEAD. The he sold a script to TV and wasn't heard from in bookstores for years. If he'd stayed with it, the Southwest Division might have become to the Coast what the 87th Precinct was to the Seaboard. In the '80s he returned with three more books, DEADLY JUSTICE, a fourth Southwest novel, CITY OF PASSION, a stand-alone set in the Valley that was adapted into a special 3-part HUNTER episode, and FREEDOM DANCE, a combination cop/spy novel based on an actual defection case in which LAPD officer were involved, which he wrote for the Evangelical Christian market.

GERALD PETIEVITCH A US Secret Service Agent who spent most of his career in the LA area. His dad and his brother were both LAPD officers. He's written four books about a Secret Service Agent named Charles Carr, all of them excellent, particularly THE QUALITY OF THE INFORMANT, one stand-alone Secret Service novel, TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A., which he adapted for the movies, and a stand-alone LAPD novel EARTH ANGELS, based on his brother's activities as a juvenile gang specialist. His other novels aren't set in LA.

PAUL BISHOP A supervising detective in the West Valley Division, Bishop has two series character, retired cop Calicao Jack Walker, and West Velly homicide detective Fey Croaker. He combines good action with an earthy sense of absurdist humor. He also is one of the mystery genre's biggest boosters, and he ran his own fanzine THE THIEFTAKER, before his novels started to sell, back in the dim, dark days when such things were acutally printed.


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