As I got my Harry's Quest manuscript off to my editor on Sunday night, I'm taking a few days away from Harry - good to clear the head a bit. And today, combined with not having to go and engage in that dreary "pay for the rent and food" type labour, I got stuck into trawling the wonderful Internet for my Cops Writing Crime Project. And what a productive day it has been! An amazing 19 further Cops Writing Crime for The Squad! Okay, it has taken me hours of trawling, but I haven't lost all those old detective habits!
I'll spread the new discoveries over the next few days, but this evening I welcome our Nordic cousins to The Squad.
Scandinavian crime writing has become a force to be reckoned with in recent years, and rightly so, but it is great to find that their police forces are also producing crime fiction writers.
Today, we welcome to The Squad a former officer with the Norwegian Police, Jørn Lier Horst, and then three authors from Finland, being Matti Yrjänä Joensuu, who was an officer with the Helsinki Police, Marko Kilpi, who is still a serving officer with the Kuopio Police, and Totti Karpela, who was an officer with the Turku Police.
I did find English translations of both Horst's and Joensuu's work, but unfortunately I didn't see anything in English for Kilpi and Karpela.
So today Jørn, Matti, Marko, and Totti join the Squad, now making us 59 in number!
30 American, 13 British, 7 Australian, 3 Finnish, 2 Canadian, 1 French, 1 Bahamian, 1 New Zealander, and 1 Norwegian.
I'll keep adding more as I come across them, and if you know of any others please feel free to drop me a line.
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And please remember, my list is only for CRIME FICTION - not all the true crime and/or memoir writing by cops and ex-cops that's out there (as good as so much of that is).
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