It is always exciting to meet an author.
As readers we KNOW how hard it is to write and then actually publish a book. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to find out that my Bloomington book club was going to meet Richard Greelis who wrote “Copbook” about his career as a Bloomington police officer.
The book is told as a series of short stories by this very likeable man who immediately paints himself as a “regular guy”. He describes his search for a career and the several different colleges and jobs he attempts before he finally tries copwork. At first he doesn’t seem to take this even this job seriously but as the book progresses you can see Richard transforming his life as a dedicated cop, father, husband and citizen.
Told in a series of short chapters that hold up as individual stories, the book plays out as a mostly chronological view of the twists and turns of police life. As you read the book you realize that copwork has long stretches of mundane daily activities (which DO include donut shops) with flashes of dramatic quick thinking work which is the material that make up TV cop dramas.
Several stories within the book gripped us and we made Richard give us the details in painstaking detail. (When we let him talk that is! We tend to be a chatty crowd).
Especially interesting was the story called “Memorial” about a young woman who was murdered while mowing her lawn in a random act by a teenager. It prompted a very interesting discussion about safety and our own part in keeping ourselves safe.
Also interesting was the story called “The Secret” about his time in the Sex Crimes unit and raised good discussion about keeping your children safe.
Here is a photo of Richard, his wife Fran, and my fabulous B-town book club. Read this book if you want a local view of copwork written by an insightful and compassionate career officer.