Midnights: A Year with the Wellfleet Police

Midnights: A Year with the Wellfleet Police

by Alec Wilkinson


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When I was twenty-three years old, five months out of college, with a degree in music, and without any idea of what to do with myself, I took a job as a policeman in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and resolved to stay with it for a year because I thought it would do me good.� I was lonely much of the time, as well as scared, surprised, excited, embarrassed, self-righteous, and many other things, too.� I spent hours at a stretch hoping nothing serious would happen when I was working alone; I never quite shook the feeling that I was a fraud; and on several occasions, when it all seemed to be too much, I meant to quit, but I never did.
--Alec Wilkinson

Midnights:� A Year with the Wellfleet Police is a kaleidoscope of troubles—heart 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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ISBN-13: 9781886913325
Publisher: Ruminator Books
Publication date: 05/01/2000
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.04(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.65(d)

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Midnights: A Year with the Wellfleet Police 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LynnB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.