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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Closing in on 800 books

Police-Writers.com, a website dedicated to listing state and local police officers who have authored books added three police officers who have brought the total number of books by police officers to nearly 800. Added where Victor Cass, William Nikkel and Jack Mullen.

In 1991, Victor Cass joined the Pasadena Police Department. An artist and writer, Victor is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design. In addition to his duties as a police officer, he has created a diverse portfolio of artwork; designing the cover of the Pasadena Police Department’s “Pasadena Welcomes the World” pamphlet for World Cup Soccer matches at the Rose Bowl to having original paintings exhibited a prestigious art galleries. From 1994 to 1997, Victor Cass served as a patrol officer and a Community Policing Officer. In 1998, he was promoted to detective; and, in the same year designed the official logo for the XXXIII California Police Summer Games.

Victor Cass’ published his first book, Love, Death, and Other War Stories: Tales of Crime and Punishment in the Wild West, in 2005. According to the book description, “What the beautiful people don’t know can hurt them, as the bodies pile up in Pasadena.”

William A. Nikkel, a detective with the Kern County Sheriff’s Department (California) wrote Isle of Bones. According to one reviewer, “We are introduced to Jake Stone , a cop who's been through the trenches and wants some peace in his life. Unfortunately, trouble won't leave him be and we ride with Jake to see when, and if, he'll live to drink another Carta Blanca. First off, I have to say what I liked best about this book is how well William A. Nikkel sets the scene. You almost feel like you're at the bar or on the deck of a boat in the dock. Secondly, though it's not the first time we've seen a lonely character down on his luck, you will find yourself pulling for Stone to get out of the way of danger.”

Jack Mullen is a retired sergeant from the San Diego Police Department. He has written two novels: Behind the Shield, In the Line of Duty and Behind the Shield 10cc. On reviewer of Behind the Shield wrote, “Vincent Dowling is a fascinating, fully developed character who should live on in a long series of novels by this talented storyteller. Ex-cop Jack Mullen knows his businesses -- homicide investigation and writing -- and the result is a gripping plot, wonderful characters, a tight story, a lot of insight into the police world. In short, a great read. I want to see more by Jack Mullen.” Jack retired to the State of Washington.

Police-Writers.com now hosts 356
police officers (representing 148 police departments) and their 790 books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

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