2014 online edition of THE NEW YORK TIMES, David Brooks’ op-ed
column entitled “The Cop Mind” was published. It is well worth reading. Brooks
was a police reporter early in his career. He is not an apologist for police
brutality. But he offers valuable insights into the mindset of policemen and
what they face in the real world. Interesting facts and statistics are offered
In my novel, THE BAD WIFE, 4th in the Kim Reynolds mystery series, Lt. Mike Gardner, a police detective, is an important character, as he is in the previous novels: THE INFERNO COLLECTION, THE DROWNING POOL and THE TRUTH SLEUTH.
In THE BAD WIFE, Mike makes a serious error in judgment early in the novel and it costs him dearly. The blunder threatens both his life and career. There are, in fact, a number of policemen presented as characters in this series. Some are inspired partly by real life people, others are completely fictional. Some are better at doing their jobs than others.
In DEATH LEGACY, the police are positively represented and help rather than hinder
Michelle Hallam’s investigation into the possible murder of a CIA agent. Is the character of officer Douglas Maclaren something of an idealization of how we want to think of police detectives? Possibly--or maybe not.
The fact of the matter is that real life policemen are people capable of making serious errors in judgment. Human beings are imperfect. This is true of the best of us as well as the worst. For police to be presented realistically in fiction, they too demonstrate flaws in character.
Your thoughts and opinions are welcome.