Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Another cop turned writer

From: Steve Novak (
Date: 30 Oct 2008

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    Thanks Jim for this; your precious info has been saved and all the additions since give a very ull picture. Thanks again,


    On 10/29/08 5:48 PM, "JIM DOHERTY" <> wrote:

    > Re Jonathan's comment below:
    > "Does anyone know of criminal writers and I can only think of one cop writer
    > in Joseph Wambaugh."
    > I'm crushed. Crushed!
    > All those responses to Jonathan's post, and no one thought to mention your
    > obediant servant? A police officer most of his adult life, a Spur winner, a
    > Dagger nominee, and a Rare Bird lo these many years, and not a single mention?
    > Leaving myself aside, a few more cops turned crime writer.
    > Leslie T. White, L.A. County D.A.'s Investigator and author of the
    > autobiography ME, DETECTIVE and the cop novels HARNESS BULL and HOMICIDE.
    > Jess Kimbrough, retired LAPD detective lieutenant, and one of the highest
    > ranking black officers in that department when he retired in 1939, who wrote
    > DEFENDER OF THE ANGELS, a novel based on his experiences policing L.A. in the
    > '20's and '30's.
    > Dallas Barnes, who worked Narcotics and Homicide in LAPD's Southwest Division
    > prior to writing novels like SEE THE WOMAN, BADGE OF HONOR, and YESTERDAY IS
    > DEAD, as well as scripts for TV shows like HUNTER, JOE FORRESTER, etc.
    > John Ball, who found the police work he researched for his Virgil Tibbs novels
    > so fascinating that he became a reserve deputy in the L.A. County Sheriff's
    > Office, eventually turning those experiences into fiction in THE VAN and THE
    > Gene Roddenberry, who was a sergeant in LAPD, working as Chief Parker's
    > perosnal secretary, and the department's liason to Jack Webb. He broke into
    > TV writing by turning case files into story treatments for DRAGNET that were
    > then fleshed out into full scripts by Webb's stable of writers. Later, using
    > a pseudonym, he wrote full scripts for shows like HIGHWAY PATROL. He'S better
    > known for STAR TREK than for his cop show scripts, OF COURSE, but cop shows
    > are how he broke into the industry.
    > Former US Secret Service Agent Gerald Petievich wrote four novels about Secret
    > Service agents in Los Angeles based on his own experiences, and one novel
    > based on the experiences of his brother, John, as a detective in LAPD's
    > C.R.A.S.H. unit.
    > And that's just in the Los Angeles area.
    > Still sticking to California, there's Inyo County Deputy Sheriff Kirk
    > Mitchell, San Diego PD Detective Sergeant Jack Mullen, San Francisco Police
    > Officer Jerry Kenneally, San Jose Police Chief Joseph McNamara. Oakland Police
    > Officer Kent Anderson (though, strictly speaking, his NIGHT DOGS seems to be
    > based on his time in the Portland, OR, Police, prior to his lateral transfer
    > to OPD), and San Jose Police Investigator David Scannell.
    > In Louisiana there's O'Neill de Noux and B.J. Bourg. In Texas, there's Anne
    > Wingate and Richard Abshire. In Florida there's Cherokee Paul MacDonald. In
    > Vermont there's Archer Mayor. In Tennessee there's David Hunter.
    > And how about FBI Agents like Gordon Gordon, Paul Lindsey, Arthur Nehrbass,
    > Christopher Whitcomb, and Gus Riehl?
    > The rest of the world? There's Britain's John Wainwright, Basil Thomson, Joan
    > Lock, Graham Ison, and Peter Walker. The Netherlands' A.C. Bantjer and
    > Janwillem van de Wetering. The Soviet Union's Fridrikh Neznansky. Finland's
    > Matti Joensuu. India's Yogesh Pratap.
    > As for ex-cons, has anyone on this thread mentioned former FBI Top Tenner
    > Albert Nussbaum or white-collar criminal and Edgar-winner Paul Erdman? How
    > about Malcom Braly, who was the subject of a very recent thread?
    > Finally, regarding the writer who started this thread, who was neither a cop
    > nor a criminal, David Goodis, if you don't think he was capable of writing
    > with verisimilitude, with what a famous mystery editor once called "technical
    > verity," check out his pioneering, and quite well-researched, police
    > procedural novel OF MISSING PERSONS. Untypical, I grat you, but damned good.
    > Longest-winded I've been in a while. Hope you didn't mind.

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