Thursday, September 2, 2010

FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE PATCH!


FORGOTTEN BOOKS: THE PATCH!

CHEROKEE PAUL MCDONALD

Last week, I wrote about cop turned writer Lew Dykes. This week, I'm featuring another cop turned writer from my shelves, Cherokee Paul Macdonald, who worked for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department for ten years. According to the Police Writers Association, McDonald rose to the rank of sergeant before leaving the department in 1980 to pursue a career as a writer.

I not sure how that worked out for him. Although, McDonald went on to write a couple of memoirs, a true crime book, and third fiction novel, he really only had a successful splash with two ‘80s paperback original police procedurals.

THE PATCH

The Criminals have taken over the city.

The drug dealers and the porn kings, with their sharp lawyers and paid-off politicos, have made a mockery of the justice the police have been sworn to uphold.

Finally, someone takes the law into his own hands. Stalking the streets of the urban jungle, he attacks his targets – one by one – and makes them answer to his own savage justice. The crooks who fear him, the police who must hunt him down . . . they all know him by the grim symbol he leaves with each of his victims – the insignia patch of the city’s police force.

This all sounds fairly melodramatic today, but in the ‘80s this was the grist of the paperback original market, and McDonald does a good job of weaving some realism into the over the top premise -- not Best In Show perhaps, but a solid contender.

NOVELS BY CHEROKEE PAUL MCDONALD

THE PATCH
GULF STREAM
SUMMER’S REASON


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3 comments:

Todd Mason said...

As a three-sixteenths Cherokee, I like his name. Thanks for bringing him to our, or at least my, attention...

David Cranmer said...

I'm never disappointed with writers named McDonald.

Bill Crider said...

He was living in this area for a while, but I don't know what became of him.