In his debut novel Death Wore Black retired police chief Bill Redding describes what happened in the American midwest four decades ago. His police procedural, based on his many years of police work in Illinois and Michigan, is fiction with a heavy dose of truth.
Set in the fictional small city of Pulaski in the Viet Nam era, Death wore Black recalls the peace marches, women fighting for their place in the masculine world of law enforcement, struggles between city hall and the working police, illegal gambling in the minority community. But at the core the story of cop versus criminal dominates. And for the first time the abuse and the coverup is described from the viewpoint of the working police.
No one else has told this story from the cop's viewpoint. It is a story that needs to be told. It is crime fiction, told in the laconic unemotional style of a police report, but it is also a cry of outrage, from a witness to the reality.