The Colorful Characters of Law Enforcement and Beyond


My new Web site,, is now up and running.  I have received some positive feedback about the graphics and links to The Cozen Protocol—an Breakthrough of the Year Award nominee—and my recently release sports related crime drama Psychic Reprieve.

Whether it is at a farmer’s market book signing or an informal setting, one question I am frequently asked is why I choose to dedicate months-and-months writing crime novels.  Having served in law enforcement capacity for parts of three decades, I have had an opportunity to work among some larger-than-life characters. These colorful individuals include the men and women who serve and protect, as well as those who I have had contact with.   Police officers and detectives who are successful at their jobs relate to people by walking a mile in their shoes. Often these shoes are worn by those from a variety of backgrounds.

In this online video, former Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) Patrick Kennedy, who recently passed away, correctly points out that it is important for investigators to speak the language of the boardroom and the barroom.

Known in MPD circles as the Big Kahuna, Kennedy left the department and spent a considerable amount of time in academia researching police officer decision making.

In Psychic Reprieve, I took a page from Pat Kennedy’s mantra of top-to- bottom communication skills by introducing three colorful characters that are fish out of water.  When individuals find themselves thrown together in challenging environments, they often operate outside their personal comfort zones regarding age, race, and geography. In many instances, they soon learn that while Americans are different their hopes and aspirations are somewhat similar.

So enjoy Psychic Reprieve, not just for the character development.  While writing this novel, I spent hours-and-hours researching psychic meanderings, high-tech government surveillance initiatives, criminal profiling and even traveled various locations in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa.  A retired detective recently told me that he had a conversation with an investigator who asked how I obtained specifics about sophisticated drone surveillance and warrantless sneak-and-peak searches of homes.  These descriptions, provided in the novel during an probe of international terrorism, apparently touched  a nerve.

As always, I appreciate any feedback whether it is good, bad, or indifferent from readers of my novels.  I can be reached at or via my Web site.

Lemon Press Officially Releases Print Edition of The Cozen Protocol

Cozen Cover

Today, Lemon Press Publishing officially released the first print edition of The Cozen Protocol, a Milwaukee-based crime novel that I authored. I want to thank Lemon Press for their fine work and outstanding new cover design.

Many current and former Milwaukee police officers have passed along comments regarding The Cozen Protocol. I am very appreciative of the positive feedback that I’ve received. I would encourage those who have worn an MPD badge to visit and view the print edition’s dedication.

My second novel, concerning the police and the paranormal, is slated for release in late summer or early fall. Readers who appreciate the individual characters that form the face of who and what Americans really are will especially enjoy this book.
Mitchell Nevin is an author and law enforcement veteran. His first book, The Cozen Protocol, was an Breakthrough Novel of the Year Award nominee. His second novel is set for release in August 2013.
© Mitchell Nevin, Bloomington, MN 2013

Renown Homicide Detective Profiles Milwaukee-Based Crime Novel


Established in 1855, the Milwaukee Police Department has had its share of knowledgeable detectives. Only a few are as legendary as Steve Spingola.

High-profile investigations somehow found their way to Spin’s desk.  In the early 1990s, he was part of a team that assembled in the “Dahmer room,” on the fourth-floor of the MPD’s detective bureau, to sort through the grisly murders committed by its namesake.  Spingola also probed the disappearance of Alexis Patterson, a young Milwaukee girl who literally vanished off the face on the earth on May 3, 2002.

In his new print only edition book, Best of the Spingola Files, Volumes I & II, Spingola profiled my first book, “The Cozen Protocol,” a Kindle e-book available at  Spingola and his publisher have graciously given me permission to reprint this article.

To view this article, please check out Best of the Spingola Files, Vol. I & II, available at

© Mitchell Nevin, Bloomington, MN, 2013