TCP Ep. 23 Author and Host of Cops and Writers Patrick O’Donnell

Welcome back to That’s Criminal.

Spoilers is coming to Audible. I just finished some last-minute edits. The producer/narrator Chas Mandala has been amazing to work with. He’s so good at bringing Banks and Wilke, Thompson, DeGuello, and of course Biannca and Poppy to life. Look for that on pre-order in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for your continued support for Blood Red Ivory. Got about 20,000 more words to go in the first draft of the next Ty Benhoff adventure. I think you’re really going to like it. Hopefully, I can get it to you later this year.

Don’t forget to like, subscribe, and rate the TCP. Do that and I send you a free ebook. Hit me up by DM on IG @thatscriminalpodcast or email, john@johnstampwriter.com, and I’ll send you either Brother’s Keeper, Shattered Circle, or Wraith of Sheltermount.

Tonight we’re talking to Patrick O’Donnell.

Patrick worked for the Milwaukee Police Department for 25 years. He has overseen thousands of crime scenes and investigations, including homicides, sexual assaults, and robberies.

He hosts Cops and Writers. an informative and often humorous podcast for crime writers that are serious about creating accurate and believable police stories.

He’s also the author of four books:

Cops and Writers: From the Academy to the Street (Non-fiction)

Cops And Writers: Crime Scenes and Investigations (Non-fiction)

COMING SOON: Field Training (Brew City Blues Book 1) (Fiction)

Mad City: Book One of the Sean Walsh Post Apocalyptic Series (Fiction)

You can find Patrick at:

https://www.copsandwriters.com/

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Big thanks to Crush Limbo for the music.

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TCP Ep. 24 Spoilers is on Audible!

Spoilers came out on Audible this past week. Figured I would offer a sample and talk about how the book and all those great characters came to life. Enjoy. Talk to you next week.

Thanks to Crush Limbo for the music.

TCP Ep. 22 David Larson Returns to Talk About the Last Jewish Gangster: The Middle Years

REMINDER: FREE EBOOK!

Anyone who likes subscribes, and rates the TCP gets a free e-book. Hit me up by DM on IG @thatscriminalpodcast or email, john@johnstampwriter.com, and I’ll send you either Brother’s Keeper, Shattered Circle, or Wraith of Sheltermount.

Spoilers is coming to Audible. I just finished some last minute edits. The producer/narrator Chas Mandala has been amazing to work with. He’s so good bringing Banks and Wilke, Thompson, DeGuello, and of course Biannca and Poppy to life. Look for that on pre-order in the next couple of weeks. 

Also, gotta give a big thanks to Jen, Cheri, and Cassidy at Books at the Beach. Had a great time this weekend. Thank you to all of you who took a minute to tell me how much you’ve enjoyed That’s Criminal and the books.

Tonight I’m excited to talk, again, to bestselling author of The Last Jewish Gangster trilogy David Larson.

Last time we talked to David we covered the early years of Michael Hardy. The godson of Bugsy Seigel, the son of one of the most prolific female associates of Murder Inc. Hardy’s life is like a modern day western. An almost mythical adventure through the invisible world of the mob and criminal underground. To summarize, Hardy is ignored by his mom, and has Gangsters for role models. Hardy just decides one day he was taking on that life. He was going to be a gangster. Robberies, heists, the drug trade, and other rackets right up to when he and mom get nabbed in Mexico facilitating a stolen car ring.

Hardy takes the wrap and does Mom’s time in one of the most notorious prisons in the world. La Mesa, The Devils Table, in Tijuana Mexico.

Today we’re going to talk about The middle years, volume two of the Last Jewish Gangster series.

Book two picks up with Hardy, now going under the alias of Richard Mandel being booked into La Mesa prison and it bounces from there to New York, Israel, and California. Like book one, Michael Hardy’s story is like watching a Tarantino movie.

As always thank you for your continued support for Blood Red Ivory, available in e-book, paperback, and audiobook everywhere.

Thank you to Crush Limbo for the music.

New Release Announcement: Blood Red Ivory

“Some Cases You Solve. Some Cases You Survive.”

Really excited to announce the pending release of my seventh novel, and the first in a series, following Special Agent Tyrone Benhoff, Blood Red Ivory.

Initially, I came up with Ty. Tyrone Benhoff, Special Agent, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Why NCIS? My former agency has a global presence. In my time with them, I traveled to nine different countries. I figured the wide range of locations would provide a great backdrop for a variety of exciting plots. Another aspect of NCIS that fit was the spectrum of cases an agent has the opportunity to work. Everything from fraud to homicide, to personal protection assignments, makes for a deep catalog of investigations I can touch on in my books.

Ty himself is kind of an amalgam of characters I’ve met over the years. Some of the most fun and frustrating traits from all the cops I’ve ever worked with went into his character. He’s a tenacious investigator, has developed a dark, and more often than not offensive level of humor. Like most cops, he’s been overrun by worthless bureaucracy so much that he has not even the slightest bit of patience for empty suits or weak leaders. That makes him really popular with management by the way. He’s dedicated to getting the job done no matter what the cost. That last part is probably the most common thread I’ve seen not just from the men and women I worked with at the state, federal, and local levels of law enforcement but cops, in general, want to serve and do their job the best they can. That’s Ty Benhoff.

As far as setting goes I picked Zimbabwe after reading about the International Anti-Poaching Foundation. A group of anti-poaching park rangers, all female, protecting endangered species in Africa. Their story is inspirational. Also, I’ve wanted to get back to Africa since I finished a deployment to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti in 2011. The people there are great, the geography is great. Now that I have little kids, I don’t get to travel much anymore so for the time being, if I can’t go there, I can at least write about it. Someday I will get back to Africa though.

Anyway, I put Ty and these Rangers together, mixed in bad guys to include, ivory smugglers, poachers, some Chinese organized crime, and even a couple of terrorists-extremists for good measure. All this and a homicide investigation gives you, Blood Red Ivory. I hope you like it.

Big thanks to my publisher WildBlue Press. Check out their catalog of great true crime and fiction titles if you get a chance.

And more to come. Meanwhile don’t forget to check out the rest of my titles here.

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