Yesterday, I mentioned the project I've been working on for a while to find all the crime fiction writers who have also been cops in their time. I'm a huge fan of realistic depictions of the police in fiction, and who better to deliver that realism than those who, like myself, have been out there serving on the front line.
Today it is the 1st Squad - being the Aussies, the Brits, and the one Frenchman I've found. Tomorrow it'll be the Americans.
I've trawled widely, but if you happen to know of any others, please do let me know. I want my website to have a comprehensive list, which I'll be keeping in the new Crime Genre section I'm working on.
And to my friend I recently caught up with (a fellow ex-cop here in Australia, and who is busy polishing up his first manuscript) - Mate, let's see you into print and get you into the Squad!
So the Aussies...
Newton is formerly a Detective in the NSW Police.
So far, two crime novels with the protagonist Detective Nhu "Ned" Kelly, set in Sydney.
See: The Old School (2010) and Beams Falling (2014).
Peace is still a serving officer in the Queensland Police.
So far, two crime novels with the protagonist Constable Sammi Willis. A third is in progress...
See: A Time To Run (2015) and The Twisted Knot (2016).
3. Karen M. Davis.
Davis is formerly a Detective in the NSW Police.
So far, two crime novels with the protagonist Detective Lexie Rogers. The third is due on the shelves in the next few months...
See: Sinister Intent (2013) and Deadly Obsession (2014).
Well, you're on my website probably...
Anyway, I'm a former WA Police Detective.
My protagonist is PI Harry Kenmare, featuring in Harry's World (2015). The sequel will be out this year.
And our one French friend...
5. Laurent Guillaume.
Guillaume is a former French police officer and Detective, and also a police advisor in Mali.
He has written a number of novels, but only one has so far been translated into English. White Leopard (2015) is set in Mali, and features the protagonist PI Solo Camara. I have to admit this is a favourite of mine in the hard-boiled class.
I couldn't find a specific website, but check out: www.lefrenchbook.com
And on to our British cousins...
6. Clare Mackintosh.
Mackintosh served as a Detective in the British Police (Thames Valley Police Force).
Two crime novels: I Let You Go (2015) and I See You (2016).
7. Luke Delaney.
Delaney was a Detective in the Metropolitan Police (London).
A series of crime novels with the protagonist DI Sean Corrigan.
An example: Cold Killing (2013).
8. Caroline Mitchell.
Mitchell served as a Detective in the British Police (not sure which Force).
A series of crime novels with the protagonist DC Jennifer Knight.
An example: Don't Turn Around (2015).
9. Mike Thomas.
Thomas served with the South Wales Police (Wales - U.K.)
A number of police/crime novels.
An example: Pocket Notebook (2010).
Mitchell served with the Strathclyde Police (Scotland - U.K.)
A series of crime novels with the protagonist DS Gus Thoroughgood, and other works.
An example: Parallel Lines (2011).
Okay, so far I've only read Newton and Guillaume, although one of the others is already on my reading pile (Delaney), and the rest are on my to buy list.
Realism, that's what it's all about! Love it!
Tomorrow I'll return with our 9 American cousins.