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400 Things Cops Know


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Adam Plantinga holds a B.A. in English with a second major in Criminology/Law Studies from Marquette University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in 1995. Plantinga's short story Untitled was included in the anthology 25 and Under/Fiction and Washington Post book critic George Garrett called it his candidate for the best story in the book. He has written thirteen nonfiction articles on various aspects of police work for the literary magazine The Cresset, published by the Valparaiso University Press. Plantinga was a City of Milwaukee Police Officer from 2001 to 2008, including time spent as a Field Training Officer. He is currently a sergeant with the San Francisco Police Department. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and daughters.


[Plantinga's] observations about life as a street cop ... are practical and blunt when they aren't funny, heart-rending or chilling. My next manuscript with a police officer as a character will be checked against this book. I highly recommend it. --Warren Bull, Writers Who Kill
Loaded with insights, criticisms, witticisms, and inside references ... threaded into stories of driving fast, taking down tough guys and righting wrongs, a low-key morality surfaces. Delivered without a heavy hand and mixed with unrelenting honesty about police shortcomings, admiration for the profession is complex, but hard to resist. --Lou Fancher, Contra Costa Times
Gritty, funny, and truthful, "400 Things Cops Know" will surprise you on nearly every page ... and give you a new respect for the cop on the street. --Edward Conlon, bestselling author of "Blue Blood" and "Red on Red"
Adam Plantinga's hard-earned, street-wise practical wisdom shines on every page of this book -- as does his unsentimental compassion and desire to make the world a better place. Reading it will help good cops become better, and the rest of us to better appreciate the hard work cops do. This book is wise, but it's also hilarious. --Paul J. Contino, Seaver Professor of Humanities, Pepperdine University
The new Bible for crime writers. --The Wall Street Journal
As well as being an entertaining look at the daily lives of the men in blue, this book is an excellent resource for crime writers. Many of Plantinga's observations are laugh-out-loud funny and others will make readers sit back and wonder about the state of the world. Given the recent focus on the behavior of certain police officers in America, this book provides a savvy insider's look at the other side of the story. --Bev Vincent, Onyx Reviews
Essential for crime writers and anyone interested in the reality of police work. --George Pelecanos
Riveting and often humorous ... an unusually frank insider's view. --The San Francisco Chronicle
For writers of crime fiction, this book is a gold mine ... It's by turn fascinating, informative, funny, and heartbreaking, often more than one simultaneously. --Dana King, One Bite at a Time
Eye-opening, funny, heartbreaking, and enlightening ... Plantinga walks a fine line between loyalty to the uniform and honesty with the public. --Glenn Dallas, San Francisco Book Review
I've dog-eared every other page of this magnificent, insightful book. Plantinga's frank, dark comic tone provides insight into a world most people only read about or see portrayed, incorrectly, in movies and TV. "400 Things Cops Know" gets it right. --Stephen Jay Schwartz, L.A. Times bestselling author of "Boulevard and Beat"
The canon of cop lit is broad and deep ... Adam Plantinga's book stands alone ... a nuanced, complex portrait of the life cops lead. -- Bill Mesce, Jr., New Letters
An extremely engaging read. As a writer I found it very beneficial as a reference and there was a lot of information that I could glean from it in my current works. --Christina Escamilla
Funny and rueful ... many fascinating trade secrets here. --Katharine Whittemore, Boston Globe
The author pulls no punches or keeps any secrets. "400 Things Cops Know" delves into topics not normally on most people's minds, but at some point things they may have wondered about ... an intimate look at what really happens in police work. --John M. Wills, New York Journal of Books
A precise, concise, interesting, insightful and a necessary read for police officers, those contemplating police work, as well as those wanting to understand policing in society today. Written by a practitioner with experience and knowledge of policing who has put his observations, interactions and insights into the written word. Once you begin to read this book you continue to want to hear more. Well worth the readers time and money. --Michael G. Krzewinski, Ph.D., retired director of training, Milwaukee Police Department

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