Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction.

Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction

The reason that 10-33 Assist PC, and the upcoming Death Before Coffee novels seem so authentic is because they are.

I have lived those experiences.

I spent the majority of my first fifteen years with the Toronto Police Service in uniform behind the wheel of a marked scout car. I spent the bulk of my remaining fourteen years as a detective, investigating real crime that involved real people in real situations.

One of the questions that I get asked the most is what it is like to be a uniformed cop. Is it really like on TV or in the movies? Are you ever afraid? Is it cool?

Well, long story short: being a uniformed cop is not for everyone. The shiftwork, the long hours, the types of situations we encountered on a daily basis–not everyone’s cup of tea.

And not nearly as convenient as it is on TV or in movies.

Regardless, I quite liked it. I enjoyed being out at, literally, all hours of the night and day. I enjoyed watching the city and its occupants and visitors unfold before me every shift. I met a lot of very interesting people from walks of life that I might, inlcuding surgeons and CEO’s to exploited sex trade workers like those I wrote about in 10-33 Assist PC and regular people who found themselves in unusual circumstances, like the primary witnesses you’ll meet in Death Before Coffee.

What I most enjoyed about my uniformed days was never knowing what my day would look like, and being very thankful for that which I had, including a roof over my head and a meal on the table.

For those of you considering law enforcement as a career, I encourage you to read 10-33 Assist PC, not just because I wrote it, but because many of my former colleagues agree that it is a very honest, unabashed look at the life of cops, both uniform and otherwise. As Pete Lennox, a retired Police Superintendent wrote in his review:

Like the situations it exposes and the policing vocation it describes, 10-33 Assist PC is not for the faint of heart.

Feel free to comment below. If you’re a LEO, I’d love to hear your experiences. If you’re a crime fiction lover, let me know how 10-33 Assist PC stacks up to your other reading experiences. We all have experiences. Let’s share.

Until next week, I’m 10-7 for shift.

Desmond Ryan – Real Detective. Real Crime. Fiction

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