Patrick O’Donnell

Meet Patrick O’Donnell, the next first responder in my “Crime Fighters, Crime Writers” series!


Fiction and nonfiction author Sergeant Patrick O’Donnell has seen it all in his 24 years working for one of the largest police departments in the country. Now he helps crime/thriller authors write more authentic/accurate books and screenplays.

Cops and Writers

O’Donnell has just released Cops and Writers:

Are you a civilian crime writer who wants to use picture perfect law enforcement details? Do you worry that your mystery novel or screenplay lacks credibility? Fiction and nonfiction author Sergeant Patrick O’Donnell has seen it all in his 24 years working for one of the largest police departments in the country. Now he’s here to help your writing honor the men and women who risk their lives in the line of duty. 

Cops and Writers: From the Academy to the Street is your in-depth field guide for navigating the path from new recruit to seasoned patrol officer. Through O’Donnell’s accounts, you’ll get up close and personal with day-to-day challenges and out-of-the-ordinary emergencies including homicides, hostage situations, and bomb threats. Armed with this invaluable resource for decoding police jargon, tactics, and standard-issue gear, you’ll be well equipped to breathe new life into your stories. 

In Cops and Writers, you’ll discover: 

  • Stories from O’Donnell’s years on the force to help give your book credibility 
  • How the academy and field training shapes rookies so you can mold convincing characters
  • Patrol officers’ daily routines and working conditions to infuse your fiction with added depth
  • Different techniques for arresting and defending against criminal threats to bring readers even closer to the action
  • Different patrol units such as SWAT, K-9, Air Support, and Bomb Squad to add another layer of realism, and much, much more! 

Cops and Writers is your all-in-one reference guide for giving your novel or screenplay much-needed street cred. If you like candid stories told with cop humor, technical details, and peering into the minds of those who serve and protect, then you’ll love Sergeant Patrick O’Donnell’s must-have handbook for crime fiction writers.

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