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Joseph Wambaugh


Fire Lover (2003)

The Black Marble (1998)

Floaters (1997)

Secrets of Harry Bright (1996)
Fugitive Nights (1995)

Finnegan's Week (1993)

The Blooding (1991)

Golden Orange (1990)

Echoes in the Darkness (1987)

The Delta Star (1987)

Lines and Shadows (1984)

The Glitter Dome (1984)

The Choirboys (1975)

The Onion Field (1973)

New Centurions (1971)

The Blue Knight (1972)

The pioneer of cops turned writers in our day is Joseph Wambaugh. With a long list of classic novels he remains one of today's finest police writers. A former detective for the LAPD, Wambaugh has been writing stories about the lives of cops and criminals for over 30 years. From his nonfiction works like The Onion Field to his fictional works like The Choirboys, he is still the yardstick to measure all others in the genre.


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Gina Gallo



Armed and Dangerous: Memoirs of a Chicago Policewoman (2002)

Crime Scenes

Altogether, Gallo spent 16 years as a Chicago cop--from 1982 to 1998--before retiring on disability. Gallo draws from her police experience, much of it on Chicago's tough west side, as inspiration for her writing.


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Mark Fuhrman

Mark Fuhrman


Death and Justice : An Expose of Oklahoma's Death Row Machine (2003)

Murder In Spokane (2002)

Murder in Greenwich: Who Killed Martha Moxley? (1999)
Murder in Brentwood (1997)


Mark Fuhrman received more than 55 official commendations during his 20 years with the Los Angeles Police Department. Prior to his police career he was a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, having first enlisted at the age of eighteen. An avid outdoorsman and artist, he now resides on a small working farm in northern Idaho with his wife and two children.


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Ed Dee

14 Peck Slip (1994)

Bronx Angel (1995)

Little Boy Blue (1997)

Nightbird (1999)

Con Man's Daughter, The (2003)


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In 1962 Ed joined the NYPD and spent nine years in uniform in South Bronx precincts; the last eleven years of his career he supervised detectives in the Organized Crime Control Bureau. Ed retired from the NYPD as a lieutenant. His first novel, 14 Peck Slip, which was also his master's thesis, was named a Notable Book of The Year in 1994 by the New York Times.