Midnights:� A Year with the Wellfleet Police is a kaleidoscope of troublesheart attacks, suicides, lunatic drivers, a car full of circus acrobats without a driver's license among them, town officials, smugglers, guns, high-speed chases, dark buildings, solitude, and self-preservation in a world where nobody loves cops. It is also an endearing and loving examination of small-town life by a superb reporter.
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This is a biographical story of the year the author spent working as a police officer on Cape Cod. He had no training or related experience, and he details his adventures in a humourous way.He also profiles his fellow officers in a way that is genuine. His writing style is light, but nevertheless manages to show how demanding police work is, and he shows the struggles small-town officers go through to remain "regular guys". While writing generously about his fellow officers, the author is much more hard-hitting and unforgiving when writing about the town council. He has learned his lessons about solidarity -- and decency towards people -- well from his colleauges.
I won't tell you why Alec Wilkinson was given the dubious nickname of 'Crash' while he served on the Wellfleet Police force. You'll have to read the book to try and figure that one out! What I can tell you is that Midnights is one of the most amusing true stories I have ever read. It's like a real-life Mayberry.. Barney Fife and all! Originally published in 1982, Wilkinson describes his personal experiences as a small town cop on Cape Cod. Fresh out of college with a music degree, he was looking for work in the summer of '75. Wilkinson gave law enforcement a try. So what if he had no police training! As you will read, it was one bizarre summer and off-season that followed. Memorable too. And Wilkinson candidly recounts his year with the men in blue, often with sidesplitting humor! It's no wonder why this comical gem is back in print.