RARA-AVIS: Cherokee Paul McDonald

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 19 Sep 2002

What would a hard-boiled sub-genre be without an author named "McDonald?"

After completing military service in Viet Nam, Cherokee Paul McDonald joined the Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Police Department where he spent ten years. Since leaving police work he's become a well-regarded, if irritatingly non-prolific, cop-novelist.

His only two cop novels so far are THE PATCH, about a serial killer who leaves a police uniform shoulder patch at each murder scene, and SUMMER'S REASON, about an FLPD policewoman who gets caught up in a case involving the sexual exploitation of children.

Two things are worth mentioning about this last novel, given recent discussion threads. First is that the protagonist is female while the writer is male. Second is that the protagonist was raped as a child and, consequently, has some unresolved sexual issues that are partly resolved when a kindly colleague from the Miami PD takes her to bed, Travis McGee-style, for some therapeutically gentle love-making.

In addition to THE PATCH and SUMMER'S REASON, McDonald has also written GULF STREAM, which I THINK (but am not sure) is a Viet Nam-set military novel; UNDER CONTRACT, a true-crime book about a cop who hired out as a hit man; BLUE TRUTH, an autobiographical account of his law enforcement career; and, most recently, INTO THE GREEN, an autobiographical account of his military experiences.


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