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.

Print Version of The Cozen Protocol, Release of New Novel Coming Soon

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Today, I am pleased to announce that Lemon Press Publishing, in conjunction with Wisconsin’s own Badger Wordsmith, has entered into a joint venture to publish The Cozen Protocol, an Breakthrough Novel of the Year Award nominee, to a print version and a second e-book edition.

The Cozen Protocol’s second edition features a newly designed cover that depicts the scene from the novel’s Jonathan Donnerstag homicide—a Milwaukee tavern owner killed with an arrow. The paperback and new e-book versions will be available shortly.

By mid-summer, I plan to release my second novel that delves into the world of psychic phenomena. Law enforcement officials are extremely skeptical of self-proclaimed psychics, although, in the past, those with paranormal abilities have proven some naysayers wrong.

Recently, psychic Sylvia Browne was roundly criticized for a 2004 prediction she made on the Montel Willaims Show. During this appearance, Browne told the mother of Cleveland kidnapping victim Amanda Barry that her daughter, who been missing for almost two years, was dead. Last week, Barry escaped from a Seymour Ave. home and contacted the police to report her nearly decade-long ordeal in captivity.

To learn more the new release of The Cozen Protocol, as well as my soon-to-be release novel, visit this site for continual updates.

© Mitchell Nevin, Bloomington, MN, 2013