This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, character arc, detective sergeant demotion, and sex offenders. I'm Adam Richardson, and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau. Welcome to Episode #47 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime-related fiction. This week I'd like to thank Gold Shield patron, Debra Dunbar from DebraDunbar.com, Gold Shield patron, C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, Larry Keeton, Vicki Tharp of vickitharp.com, and my latest Gold Shield patrons, Dharma Kelleher from dharmakelleher.com and Chrysann, who you can find on Twitter @chrysanncreates. I'd also like to thank my newest coffee club patrons, Brandon Jones and Mark William Smith, as well as all of my long-time coffee club patrons for their support month after month. Check out the website links for all of those writers supporting this show in the show notes by going to writersdetective.com/47. To learn about setting up your own patreon account for your own author business, visit writersdetective.com/patreon, P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
My good friend, Sergeant Patrick J. O'Donnell, has written a reference guide called "Cops and Writers: From the Academy to the Street", and it launches today. I'll put a link to it in the show notes at writersdetective.com/47. The Sarge sent me an advance copy, and I can tell you that it is packed full of facts and first-hand accounts of police work that will definitely add authenticity to your writing. This is book one in his Cops and Writers series, and this one specifically covers the process of going from getting hired, going to the police academy, and then working patrol out on the street. This is part of every police officer and every police detective's back story. Learning everything that your protagonist went through early in their career will give you insight into what made them uniquely them.
In fact, when I saw Michael Connelly and Titus Welliver, the actor who plays Bosch, talk at the LA Times Festival of books a few years ago, Michael Connelly talked about the problem he faced when after writing Bosch, the Bosch of the books not the TV show, because he introduced his protagonist, Harry Bosch, midway into his career. We meet Bosch in the book, "The Black Echo", the first Bosch book, which was published in 1992. With that, Harry's back story includes having already been a tunnel rat in Vietnam, already having become an LAPD officer, and then being promoted to detective and working in the elite RHD, the robbery homicide division of LAPD. Then, when we meet him, finally, he's relegated back to the homicide table in Hollywood division for events that happen before we ever even read page one of The Black Echo.
We know that the Hieronymus Bosch, the Harry Bosch in the books, was born in 1950, and that the Bosch books pretty much keep pace with the year of the book being published. That means that in The Black Echo, Bosch is already 42 years old when we meet him. It also means that today in 2019, novel Bosch is 69 years old. By law enforcement standards that's quite old to still be pounding the pavement. In that LA Times Festival of books talk that they were doing, Michael Connelly talked about having to come up with creative ways to keep Bosch believably working cases well into what normally would be retirement age.
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