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Cops and Writers:
From the Academy to the Street

Are you a civilian crime writer who wants to use picture perfect law enforcement details? Do you worry that your mystery novel or screenplay lacks credibility? Fiction and nonfiction author Sergeant Patrick O’Donnell has seen it all in his 24 years working for one of the largest police departments in the country. Now he’s here to help your writing honor the men and women who risk their lives in the line of duty.

Cops and Writers: From the Academy to the Street is your in-depth field guide for navigating the path from new recruit to seasoned patrol officer. Through O’Donnell’s accounts, you’ll get up close and personal with day-to-day challenges and out-of-the-ordinary emergencies including homicides, hostage situations, and bomb threats. Armed with this invaluable resource for decoding police jargon, tactics, and standard-issue gear, you’ll be well equipped to breathe new life into your stories.

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Cops and Writers:
Crime Scenes and Investigations

It would be a crime to botch the important details about police procedure in your next novel or screenplay. Let Sgt. Patrick O’Donnell take you behind the yellow tape, into crime scenes with the officers and detectives who investigate them.

Sgt. O’Donnell worked in one of the nation’s largest police departments for 25 years. He has been in charge of thousands of crime scenes and investigations, including homicides, sexual assaults, and robberies. Now an author, he’s here to help you write the best crime-related novel or screenplay possible.

Cops And Writers: Crime Scenes And Investigations gives you invaluable insight into how law enforcement officers investigate and solve crimes. Sgt. O’Donnell takes you down the path from the start of an investigation to clearing the crime. Through O’Donnell’s jaw-dropping personal accounts, you’ll get up close and personal with processing a crime scene, crime trends and patterns, interviews and interrogations, and what it takes to get inside the head of a criminal to get a confession. Using your newfound knowledge of investigations, your sleuth will be ready to take on the toughest adversary and bring them to justice.

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Field Training
Brew City Blues Book 1
Patrick O'Donnell and Michael Anderle

Army veteran Michael Collins is looking for a new start after a personal tragedy.

Now a recruit officer fresh out of the police academy, Michael has taken his first step in becoming a Milwaukee Police Officer.

His next hurdle is passing twelve weeks of field training in the most dangerous part of town.

Welcome to the Brew City Blues.

Gangsters, sex workers, murderers, and thieves are just the external elements he will have to deal with to make it through field training. Michael is thrown into the fast-moving pace of a rookie’s life that takes him inside the lives of cops, criminals, victims, and their families.

Twenty-hour workdays and the department’s internal affairs unit making him feel like he has a bullseye on his back adds to the pressure.

Can this army vet with a troubled past survive the toughest part of his training in the Milwaukee Police Department and come to terms with the heartbreak from his past?

Note: This book contains profanities and situations not for the faint of heart. There is also dark, or what some call ‘gallows humor’ that police officers, and most other first responders use to deal with the ugliness that is thrown their way on a regular basis. This book is as realistic as it gets. Unless you are riding around in a squad car, now that’s real.

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Probation
Brew City Blues Book 2
Patrick O'Donnell and Michael Anderle

Michael Collins made it through field training and a close call with IAD. Now he’s on probation.

Assigned to the graveyard shift in the most dangerous part of town, Officer Collins finds himself under scrutiny from a new sergeant who is threatening to have him fired.

If that isn’t bad enough, his new shift is filled with jeopardy.

Coming under fire from bad guys is an expected part of the job, but no one said anything about being stabbed in the back by his fellow officers.

There is hope for Officer Collins. He is building strong friendships with the more trustworthy cops on his tight-knit shift, and there is help from the kind sergeants who make the job bearable.

Collins’ mettle will be tested when the shift respond to a triple homicide, diffuse a tense hostage situation, and hunt down a killer.

The late shift get all the interesting cases, complete with car chases.

Off-duty, the ghosts of the past must be faced.

The prospect of new romance becomes a reality if Michael can let go of what haunts him while fending off his overprotective mother.

Between a flirty neighbor, internet dating, and a promising connection with a nurse who showed him compassion in a time of need, the time of being alone could be over for him.

Note: This book contains profanities and situations not for the faint of heart. There is also dark, or what some call ‘gallows humor’ that police officers, and most other first responders use to deal with the ugliness that is thrown their way on a regular basis. This book is as realistic as it gets. Unless you are riding around in a squad car, now that’s real.