My friend Dan Marcou, a retired SWAT cop and police supervisor from Wisconsin, has another police novel out. This one is titled “Nobody’s Heroes,” and it continues the adventures of a group of street cops in a small city in Dan’s state. This time, they’re up against a serial killer.
If Dan’s action scenes sound realistic, well…it’s because they’re real. He hit upon the ingenious strategy of taking real-life gunfights and simply transposing them shot-for-shot to his fictional characters. In this case, cop’s cop “Dave Compton,” a beloved street-wise patrol sergeant, relives the shooting of a real-life beloved, street-wise patrol sergeant, Dan’s and my mutual friend Marcus Young. In both cases, the good guy survives multiple gunshot wounds and goes on to inspire others, and in both the real case and the fictional version, the classically evil bad guy ends up in the ground. Marcus is of course one of those mentioned in the acknowledgements.
Brother Dan also has a way with words. When officer asks a more experienced one why he calls even the worst bad guys “Sir,” the latter replies that it’s an acronym for “Sincerity Isn’t Required.” That’s a better definition than the one I learned many years ago. At one point, the serial murderer is described as “nervous as a feral cat at an NRA picnic.” Dan’s stuff is just fun to read.
You can order an autographed copy of “Nobody’s Heroes” from Dan Marcou, PO Box 195, Holmen, WI 54636 for $20 including postage. In a time when certain politicians try to spin fiction into reality, it’s good to see a veteran street cop turn reality into entertaining fiction.