700-Plus Cops Noted As Writers

January 28, 2007

Wozencraft’s Rush
And Born’s Fields Of Fire
Among Those Cited

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Police-Writers.com, a website dedicated to listing state and local police officers who have authored books, [notes] 700 books by 286 police officers with the addition of Rick Stone, Bill Hubbard and Kim Wozencraft.

Rick Stone joined the Dallas Police Department in July 1973. He served as a police officer, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and division commander. In 1988, he was one of nine national finalists for the job of Chief of Police. In 1989, he became the chief of police of Wichita, Kansas. In 1996, he became the chief of police of the Hollywood Police Department (Florida).

Rick Stone’s fiction novel, “Behind the Gold Star,” explores “Seven days in the life of a Police Chief struggling against bureaucratic stupidity, personal conflicts, and his department’s collection of screw-ups, nut cases, and weird happenings. Reflective of his big city experience, the Chief tries desperately to balance competing forces in the professional and political arena of a smaller agency. Full of surprising twists and turns, with enough sex and violence to be reflective of the front page of today’s newspaper, Behind the Gold Star will keep you hanging on every page and in the end, the characters give real meaning to the phrase, “It’s not over until the fat lady sings.”

In 1991, Sergeant Bill Hubbard was a member of the Lubbock Police Department , assigned to the identification section. What begins as a routine task sends Hubbard on a collision course with a corrupt forensic pathologist and “power-hungry district attorney.” As one reader said, “Well written, quick paced and quite a ride. It’s easy to get lost in this book, until it sends a shiver down your spine when you remember this is a true story.”

Kim Wozencraft is a former undercover narcotics agent. She and her partner’s exploits while employed by the Tyler Police Department are the inspiration behind her book, “Rush”. Both Kim and her partner were eventually convicted of Federal civil rights crimes for making false drug cases against a number of people in Tyler. Both spent time in federal prison. Prior to going to prison in 1982, she and her partner (Craig Matthews) were married.

Additionally, police writer James O. Born announced the February release of his latest novel, “Fields of Fire.” In Fields of Fire, ATF agent Alex Duarte returns to use all his skills to locate and stop a serial bomber. According to author Michael Connelly, “With Field of Fire James O. Born certainly comes into his own. This book is chock full of insider knowledge and experience but there is so much more than that. There is a story and a character that should put this book at the top of any reader’s stack. Alex Duarte is my kind of cop. I hope he sticks around for a long, long time.”

Police-Writers.com now hosts 286 police officers (representing 118 police departments ) and their 703 books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors and international police officers who have written books.

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