Although The Calling is a fictional novel, it gives readers a sense they are climbing into the squad or walking the beat with the book's main character, Officer Dan McCarthy
When I speak with my good friend and PoliceOne colleague Dan Marcou, we almost always have "a thing" to discuss, but our conversations will frequently also take unexpected turns down paths we just happen along as we exchange ideas rattling around in our heads.
That's precisely what happened a few months ago when the topic of his first book, The Calling: The Making of a Veteran Cop, came up. During that call back in January, Dan mentioned how there was a common theme seen in reports written by recruits after reading The Calling (it's been required reading at Fox Valley Technical College in Wisconsin since 2008). At my urging, he read a couple of things they'd said about it and I was struck by how similar those comments were to my own personal memory of the book.
I've read all three of Dan's books, and always list them among my favorite reads authored by my columnists, but hadn't read The Calling in quite a while, so I thought it would be fun to re-read it and do a column on it that would include comments from those students. Consequently, we both left that phone call with an "assignment" to complete. I would re-read The Calling and Dan would work on getting permission for me to use some comments from those students who loved the book as much as I do. What follows is the result of that collaboration.
Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief, Editor's Corner